THESE striking shots reveal the leather-clad biker chicks behind the notorious Hells Angels gang.
The fascinating photos – brought to life through vivid colourisation – were snapped in the 1960s and 1970s, at the height of the biker gang’s infamy.
They capture sultry-faced female members astride their Harley Davidsons, relaxing in a cafe and loitering outside the Blackboard Cafe in Bakersfield.
Most of the images were taken by LIFE magazine photographer Bill Ray, according to Matt Loughrey, who decided to take the time to add some colour to the iconic pictures.
The 39-year-old Irish photographer works at My Colorful Past in Westport, a company that colourises historical photos to ensure they’re preserved and remembered.
He said he’s enjoyed looking back on “the advent of such a strong fraternity of people”.
He said: “These photographs document only a fragment of time. What I found hard to understand was why the original black and whites never made it to the magazine itself.
“It raises questions; both editorial and political combined.”
The Hells Angels organization is predominantly white male and considered an organized crime syndicate by the United States Department of Justice.
It’s often linked to the drug trade but also to figures The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Colourising the black and white images is a long process.
Matt explained: “I use what is essentially a digital pen and paper in the form of a dedicated tablet and stylus.
“I employed a completely new process named SMTM for creating colour textures,’ he said. Adding: ‘This was a straight forward conversion because the original photographs were very well lit and taken.”
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