The cultural baggage, moralism, and fundamentalism outlined by Lipset and Raab as
components of the political dynamics of right-wing extremist movements is evidenced in the
importance placed on the customs, mores and lifestyles symbolic of the lost group status. The
"Creed of the Aryan Brotherhood" romanticizes a philosophy of moral solidarity by stating that
an Aryan Brother "walks where the weak and heartless won't dare". The moralistic tone of the
creed which also states that "for an Aryan Brother, death holds no fear, vengeance will be his
through his brothers still here", symbolically differentiates ABT members from other groups.
The ABT tattoo also designates the wearer as a member of a distinctly superior group. The
process by which a member is "tacked" is given the symbolic significance of gained status,
thereby elevating the group itself to a position of superiority.
The fundamental religious and moral base of the ABT philosophy is evident in its choice of
tattoo design. Consisting of a swastika, lightening bolts, and a crowned sword, the tattoo is
illustrative of white power and a willingness to die for the cause, as one inmate put it, "because
whites are the crowning glory of man .