Who We AreEvents and Shows

The Hammerskin Nation is a leaderless group of men and women who have adopted the White Power Skinhead lifestyle. We are blue collar workers, white collar professionals, college students, entrepreneurs, fathers and mothers.

 

The Hammerskin brotherhood is way of achieving goals which we have all set for ourselves. These goals are many but can be summed up with one phrase consisting of 14 words.

 

"We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children."

 

Our History

 

The skinhead presence in Dallas was first chronicled in 1979 and like other cities in the USA it was an offshoot of the punk scene. Numbers were quite small in the early 80`s but by 1984 enough seeds had been planted and the USA was ready for a skinhead explosion. Between 1984 and 1987 the skinhead scene in Dallas reached a peak for violence but lacked political direction, with a few exceptions the skinheads in the area had always been geared towards White Power.


Fortunately, there was never a ska, scooter, or mod fashion in the 80`s however Dallas did have a small population of anti-racist skins and punks known as DSB (dumb skater boys). The anti-racist scene was weak but the White Power scene was coming into its own. Most of the skinheads in the area had grown up as such, educated themselves without the help of a central leader and soon realized they could create a force to be reckoned with if they formed a dynamic, focused and productive group.


As 1987 drew to a close a few skinheads got together and decided to try to make the dream a reality, they had the group but needed a name.  Many ideas were tossed around but ultimately The Confederate Hammerskins was the final choice. They were from the south and they used the Rebel Flag with the marching hammers in front as a symbol of strength, pride, and solidarity. With this, the first Hammerskin chapter was born.

 

CHS emerged officially in January 1988 and intended to set the standard for skinheads in the US.  At that time drug use among skinheads was popular and in many crews exceptions were made for the odd racially confused Mexican or Jew. The Hammerskins wanted to show like minded people that there was a better way, a way that would promote the 14 words and end hypocrisy.

In early 1988 Hammerskins were receiving heavy exposure thanks to constant traveling. Hammers would attend marches in Pulaski, Tennessee, the infamous Sedition Trials in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and trips to other cities in the south that led to contacts with many other skinheads. The Hammers also made strong ties in the past with crews in the north like C.A.S.H (Chicago Area Skin Heads), D.A.S.H (Detroit Area Skin Heads), WAR skins, and others.  These far away groups would not be forgotten as they would play a large role in the expansion of what would come to be called The Hammerskin Nation.

 

CHS could feel momentum building and began looking up old and new friends to spread the good word about the newly formed Hammerskins.  The cry went out, “Let’s pool our strength and make an impact”!  The band wagon shifted into high gear and people were jumping on right, left, and center, in retrospect it all happened too fast. CHS in Dallas were making national headlines and had numerous unaffiliated crews expressing their interest in joining the ranks as well. These were impressive gains for a group in such early stages especially from a city like Dallas where several years earlier you would get beat down for being an outsider.

By the summer of 1988 skinheads in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as Waco, Texas; and Memphis, Tennessee became part of the CHS crew. After this, one of the founders of CHS moved north to Detroit. His job offer seemed to be a good opportunity to strengthen the ties with some northern cities. Strong crews like C.A.S.H, D.A.S.H, S.H.A.M, and W.A.S.H were already in existence and these names may still be quite memorable to some.

 

As CHS flourished in the south the NHS was the next region to be founded, Detroit would be the first city to represent “The Northern Hammerskins”. Around the same time of the first Aryan Fest gathering in Oklahoma the skinheads of the north were having their own festival.  Skinfest in Milwaukee, Wisconson was a large event and skinheads from many other northern crews were represented, soon after this concert the Skinhead Army of Milwaukee joined with The NHS.  With the continued addition of positive individuals the NHS seemed to grow exponentially. A long time friend of the Hammers moved to Chicago and the outcome was the NHS adding another city to their roster, close on Chicago’s heels was Ohio. The summer of 1988 was big for the development of Hammerskins and probably one of the most violent years for the skinhead scene in US history. As the Chaos 88 song appropriately states: “88, it was the summer of hate”!

 

The Aryan Fest gatherings, which were not organized by Hammers, continued to be a cornerstone for bringing together skinheads eager to help and join in. After Aryan Fest `88 the Springfield, Missouri chapter was and not to long after that Hammers got back in touch with and old friend from Oklahoma who had since moved to Portland, Oregon furthering contacts in the West. A year earlier, in 1987, a founding member of CHS appeared on the Oprah Winfrey talk show and made contacts with a group of WAR skins on set. These skins went on to form a chapter in Northern California during the latter months of 1988. The first big event of ’89 would be “Aryan Wood Stock”, later dubbed “Aryan Wood Flop” as the event tanked due to police pressure and inclement weather. Despite the lame event CHS and NHS members made some fruitful contacts in Southern California.   The Hammerskin presence across the nation was becoming a formidable one and on the east coast another contact was made in August of `88 taking the Hammerskin name as far as Portland, Maine. The flurry of growth and activity within the United States seemed like fate, the Hammerskin name was known coast to coast and the reality of a true Hammerskin Nation was now in view.

Back in Dallas things weren’t looking as good as they were for the rest of the nation. A founding member of CHS was jailed for aggravated assault and a Federal Grand Jury was convened to investigate the actions of skinheads in the Dallas area over the past several years. Leading the pack of investigators was federal prosecutor Barry Kowalski who incidentally was involved with the prosecution of Bruce Pierce of “The Order”.  The case gained national attention and a press conference was held with the U.S attorney general Dick Thornburgh and president George Bush to announce the witch hunt.  It was stated that a founding member of CHS, who was serving time on an unrelated offense, would be the target of the investigation and center of the inevitable show trial to follow.  This wouldn’t be the end of political persecution for members of the HSN, at the same time in Milwaukee one of the founding members of CHS and a founding member of NHS had received convictions for shooting at a group of Latin Kings (Mexican gang bangers) who had come to do a drive-by on their homes for being skinheads.  Just over a year in existence and The Hammerskins were already falling into the clutches of the anti-white justice system.

 

Despite the negative events which were occurring there were definitely positive things happening as well.  Aryan Fest 1989 was fast approaching and would be one of the great U.S skinhead concerts in history and another chance for the HSN to forge bonds with skinheads nation-wide. The Hammerskins started claiming some very well known bands as their own in these early stages such as The Midtown Boot Boys, Haken Kreuz, One Way, and the Bully Boys. At some point after Aryan Fest `89 the members of a band called Bound For Glory joined on and St. Paul, Minnesota became part of the momentum driving Hammerskins across the USA. BFG, as they would come to be known, would go down as one of the most accomplished skinhead bands in history. Concerning growth at the time it was thanks to strong leadership of a few individuals that momentum in the south had picked up and skinheads from all over Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia were coming into the brotherhood.

 

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