Main activities of the AB are centered on drug trafficking, extortion, pressure rackets, and internal discipline.
Arizona Dept. of Corrections
The Aryan Brotherhood originated in 1967 in the San Quentin State Prison in California. The gang formed as a protective shield against the increase in black and Mexican inmates attacking white inmates.
Members display many white supremacist, neo-nazi characteristics and ideology and often incorporated it into tattoos with a series symbols and letters.
The name “Aryan Brotherhood“ or “AB“ is among the gang identifiers often found on the tattoos of gang members.
Other identifiers include:
- AB, heart, and swords
- Shamrock clover leaf
- Initials "AB"
- Double lighting bolts
- The numbers "666" - a satanic symbol
- The name of the state the member resides in.
Today the AB has spread to both federal and state prisons and is heavily involved inside and outside of prison in rackets, extortion, murder for hire, smuggling in weapons and distributing drugs.