Portraits of the Mighty Mongrel Mob, New Zealand’s Most Notorious Gang (10 Photos)

You might’ve heard of the biggest mob in New Zealand – the Mighty Mongrel Mob. The name for this notorious gang came from the comments of a judge in the Hasting’s Magistrate’s Court, who referred to the men in front of him as ‘mongrels’. That was in the 1960s. Since then, the gang has spread all over New Zealand with a reputation for violence and organized crime.

Photographer Jono Rotman used traditional portraiture to capture the many faces of the Mongrel Mob in his photo series, travelling over the country for seven years to photograph more than 200 gang members.

Each photo gives us a haunting glimpse into the life of the Mongrel Mob, with tattoos and badges on display declaring loyalty to the gang.


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