Q: I want to join the G.M.A. What do I need to do?
A: Read the ENTIRE WEBSITE!
Q: As a member, will I be given a G.M.A. full set?
A: With Your membership donation, the G.M.A. will provide you with your member's heart patch. You will have to purchase your own leather/denim vest and other club patches required. You are expected to purchase all other mandatory club patches within 6 months of receiving your heart.
*ANY club you join, be it an H.M.C., M.C., C.C., S.A.C., Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Knights of Columbus or any other legitimate, established organization/club, will require you to always submit a membership fee. In many cases, you’re expected to pay yearly dues to maintain your membership. With certain clubs you’re even expected to pay hefty monthly fees. This is NOT the case with the Georgia Metal Alliance Int’l H.M.C. A one time donation is all you will ever be expected to give for your membership. If you can’t afford it, DO NOT APPROACH US FOR MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION!
Q: Can I join the G.M.A. if I am already a member of another club?
A: NO. If you want to join our ranks, you CANNOT be affiliated with any other club. We expect complete loyalty. We do support all other legitimate H.M.C.'s.
Q: Why are your club colors red, white & black??
A: Red, White & Black are the colors of several sports teams in the state of Georgia, where the club was founded and is based.
Q: How long has the G.M.A. been around?
A: The Georgia Metal Alliance Int’l (H.M.C.) was officially established in the autumn of 2007.
Q: Do I need a Facebook account or any other social-networking site in order to join?
A: We're NOT an online social media, metal and punk fan group, nor do we prospect anyone online. We are active in our local scene from a grass roots level and do most of our work, offline. We use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and other social networking communities online for communication, networking with other G.M.A. chapters in other states/countries as well as with non-G.M.A. individuals in the music industry, e.g., bands, producers, promoters, etc. For this reason, we do prefer for our members to have a Facebook account (or any other social-networking accounts) for the purpose of interacting with other members in chapters throughout the world & the global metal community and keeping track of local chapter events, etc.
Q: What am I expected to do once I’m patched?
A: Be active. A member with heart for the club, the local scene and who will attend club events, go to concerts/shows and show support for bands, be involved in chapter activities and not stagnate.
Q: since you all wear jackets, vests with back patches, are you guys a gang or something?
A: Absolutely NOT! We wear "colors” as a uniform in order to indentify ourselves as an established organization, like other groups who wear similar attire, however, not to be confused with a motorcycle club, nor a gang of any kind. Members of the G.M.A. are expected to be law abiding members of society and will impose warnings, suspension or even dismissal from the club to any member who is discovered to be involved in unlawful, questionable activities! Our vests are also in dedication the punk and metal lifestyle we lead and are adorned with patches of bands that we respect and love as well as keeping the tradition of the early metal lifestyle of wearing "kuttens” which are denim or leather vests, worn by heavy metal and punk fans as a badge of honor. It is the globally recognized, traditional uniform of both the punk and metal subculture since the mid to late '70s.
☆A kutte (plural: kutten) is a type of vest commonly referred to in punk rock and extreme metal subcultures since the early '70s as a "battle jacket". It originated in the biker subculture, and found popularity in the punk subculture originally, especially in the street punk and Anarchist crust punk scenes. Headbanger kutten became popular in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and thrash scenes. The biker kuttes, metal and punk subcultures differ in how the garment itself is prepared, what decorations are applied, and how this is done. The word "kutte" is a loanword from the German term Kutte; this references both the cut-off sleeves as well as, tongue-in-cheek, the religious habit of a Christian monk (also called Kutte in German). They are often adorned with patches, badges and painted artwork that display motorcycle club affiliations, band names, political affiliations and beliefs.
Kutten were originally made from denim jeans jackets, with their sleeves removed or cut very short. In the case of many-pocketed jackets, sometimes pockets have been cut away to gain more space for patches. Some wearers have created new internal pockets with denim fabric from old jeans. Kutten in the 1980s were almost always blue denim. Thrash fans favored heavily washed denim, while members of one British motorcycle club bleached theirs until they were almost white. From the mid to late 1990s, some punks and metalheads have worn multi-pocketed hunting or fishing vests, both in plain colors and camouflage patterns, and leather kutten – always popular with metalheads & punks – have also found widespread acceptance among bikers in recent decades.
Kutten in the heavy metal scene are oftentimes adorned with patches & pinback buttons representing a particular Heavy Metal Club (H.M.C.) As well as logos and album covers of bands, ranging in size from small square patches to large patches that fill the back panel of the vest. Patches are the main decoration, however, some Heavy Metal kutten have studs / spikes on them, particularly for fans of crossover hardcore-metal bands such as mid-1980s- era Discharge or of thrash metal.