The Outlaw Hammerskins are a renegade offshoot of Hammerskin Nation, a
loosely organized white supremacist skinhead organization of long standing with
chapters in the United States and Europe. Various members of Hammerskin Nation
have been convicted of harassing, beating, or murdering minorities. In addition,
many popular racist rock bands are associated with Hammerskin Nation, which
regularly sponsors white power rock concerts.
The Outlaw Hammerskins were born out of a June 1999 incident involving
members of the Northern Hammerskins who used extreme violence in rescinding the
membership of a colleague who "wasnít living up to his oath." After
this incident, five members of the Northern Hammerskins were kicked out of
Hammerskin Nation, and eight others quit and joined these five in forming the
Outlaw Hammerskins. The group now claims to have four chapters in the Midwest.