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Hammerskin Nation (U.S.)

Far-Right Extremist Group

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This flag design is commonly used on posters, badges and as a logo.

[Hammerskin Nation flag] image by Pete Loeser, 8 November 2013

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Introduction: Hammerskin Nation

The Hammerskins, or Hammerskin Nation, are a white supremacist group formed in Dallas, Texas in 1988. They are very active in the the promotion of hate through the music of white power rock music. To this end the Hammerskins host several annual concerts, including the "Summer of Hate" concert and the "Hammerfest" in honor of deceased Hammerskin Joe Rowan, the lead singer of Nordic Thunder, which has become an annual event in both the United States and in Europe.

The Anti-Defamation League describes them as the best-organized neo-Nazi skinhead group in the United States. They claim six chapters in the United States: The Northwestern Hammerskin Chapter (NWHS), Western Hammerskin Chapter (WHS), Confederate Hammerskins (CHS), Northern Hammerskin Chapter (NHS), Eastern Hammerskin Chapter (EHS), and the Midland Hammerskins (MHS). The movement is now international, with chapters existing in Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. The Hammerskins also have supporting chapters called Crew 38.

The Hammerskins logo, "depicting two claw hammers crossed to resemble goose-stepping legs," is based on the 1982 Pink Floyd film "The Wall." Their logos and motto "Hammerskins Forever, Forever Hammerskins" (HFFH) often appears on their buttons, T-Shirts, posters and tattoos. Crew 38 and Hammerskins members identify themselves with the slogan "838," (the acronym HCH translates into the eighth, third, and eighth letters of the alphabet).
Source: Historical Flags of Our Ancestors website
Pete Loeser, 8 November 2013

The "Summer of Hate/Crew 38" Hammerskin flag

image by Tomislav Todorovic, 9 November 2013

This Hammerskin flag was used at the Summer of Hate concert, organized by the Western Hammerskins, the Southern California branch of the Hammerskin Nation. According to my notes the slogan "838" means "Hail the Crossed Hammers" (HCH). I'm not sure what "Crew 38" means exactly, but according to the Southern Cross Hammer Skinheads - Hammerskins Nation (Austrialia) website: "The Crew 38 Supporter Club is for people who are interested in the S.C.H.S. and wish to be a Hammerskin one day or because of work, family, distance or that they appreciate and support the S.C.H.S-H.S.N. and do not want membership, to show support to the Nation and have some part in the brotherhood."
Tomislav Todorovic, 9 November 2013

The Confederate Hammerskin flag

[Confederate Hammerskin flag] image by Pete Loeser, 8 November 2013

This is the flag of the Confederate Hammerskins (CHS), one of the six chapters in the United States. The Confederate Hammerskin flag is also often used as a square wall banner (1:1).
Pete Loeser, 8 November 2013

Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Rock Inspiration for Hammerskin´s Flag

[Pink Foyld Hammerskin flag] image by Pete Loeser, 16 January 2015

The Hammerskins Nation flags were inspired by the flags used by the British rock group Pink Floyd in their concerts and movie. Based on pictures taken at a Pink Foyld concert, their flag would look like this. The grey color mentioned by Alan Jenney on the top half of the circle appears to be caused by the lighting, and the toothed wheel was not present, and apparently was added by the Hammerskins Nation.
Pete Loeser, 16 January 2015