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Biker gangs are part of modern mythology but they don’t always have to be men-only affairs they can be women-only affairs too, like the Bosozoku girls of Japan. Bosozoku is a subculture in Japan centered around customized motorcycles (and these days cars, especially exhausts, too). Originally it’s a name the cops gave the bikers when the subculture started back in the 1980s, and it means “violent run tribe.”

Website Dangerous Minds reports “Back in the 1970s the term bōsōzoku (or “speed tribes”) was first used to describe Japanese biker gangs that routinely fought in the streets with rival gangs and the police. Often dressed like Kamikaze pilots, the bōsōzoku wreaked havoc speeding through the streets on their illegally modified bikes, blowing through red lights, and smashing the car windows of any motorist that dared defy them with baseball bats. Foreigners were an especially favorite target of the bōsōzoku’s aggression.”

After being shut down by police and driven underground the gangs are making a comeback, even though new laws in Japan make it difficult for the gangs to operate.

The Bosozoku girls are outlaws, some of whom used to be girlfriends of Bosozoku men but, as they state in the video above by Vocativ, they got tired of sitting behind a guy so ditched them and got their own motorcycles and style. “When I was 16, I was dating Bōsōzoku guys. I thought the bike was so cool. [But] I didn’t just want to sit behind a guy rider. Women are becoming stronger now.” says one of them.

The women in the biker girl gangs can be just as violent as their male gang counterparts and in a culture where females are supposed to stay at home and be subordinate, joining a biker gang is the ultimate act of rebellion.

Fashion also plays an important role, with the women having long, pointed, bright nails that match the bold designs of their bikes—along with baroque tattoos, uniforms with gang names, and long styled hair. As the Bosozoku in the video explain, it’s all about showing that “Japanese women can wipe their own ass.”

You can check out some Bosozoku fashion, style, and motorcycles below.

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  • Dennis Dijkstra

    The bikes are so cool… blabla posers haha xD

  • Biro Hero

    I thoroughly enjoy the way the Japanese take American low-brow cultural expressions and translate, build, and embellish. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Asia Angel

    Unbelievable but what you do, being outlaw?