Gavin McInnes and His 'Proud Boys' Want to Make Men Great Again - 2016-07-28
A friend of mine was passing by Tommy's Tavern last Monday when he did a double take– for some reason Gavin McInnes, in all his bearded rad-dad glory, was bro-ing it up on the sidewalk out front. A quick check of social media revealed that McInnes– the co-founder of Vice and "godfather of hipsterdom," who has recently come into his own as a far-right political pundit– had convened his local "Proud Boys" chapter for their first in-person meeting.
After a number of beers culminated in a brawl, about 20 of the more dedicated members made their way to the tattoo shop across the street where they each sat for identical tattoos bearing the group's name. "It's funny, there was a big fist fight," McInnes said, describing to B+B the two combatants as a "suit" and a "young punk," respectively. Apparently, the latter had wrongly assumed that his opponent was a square. "One of them was covered in blood at the end. I guess in a way, it showed the range of the membership."
There may have been some bloodletting at the first Proud Boys meeting, but Gavin McInnes, the club's founder and president, as well as Brooklyn's very own ultra-conservative provocateur, still seemed exceedingly pleased with the results. "It was a smashing success," he told me.