Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hells Angel Damiano Dipopolo - Rocco Dipopolo

Rocco Dipopolo
"Rocco Dipopolo insisted that he no longer "rolls with the club" despite the fact that his brother Damiano is a full-patch member of the Kelowna chapter, and a former East End member.

A B.C. Supreme Court ruling in the divorce between Damiano Dipopolo and Janette Wu shows some financial links between the twins. The February 2008 ruling says Rocco and Damiano were business partners in a cafe in the 1990s and that Damiano gave Rocco $30,000 from some lottery winnings "on a date which was not clear in the evidence." Rocco Dipopolo's lawyer, Kevin Drolet, sent a letter to The Sun, threatening a lawsuit and stating: "We wish to be clear that neither Mr. Dipopolo nor his businesses are affiliated with the Hells Angels. Mere insinuation of the existence of such a link could cause serious harm to Mr. Dipopolo, his businesses and his reputation. Should you persist, legal action will surely follow."

Kevin Drolet
"Insp. Andy Richards, a biker expert with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said Dipopolo at one time was on his way to earning his patch with the East End chapter. "I can confirm that he was a prospect of the club at one point," Richards said.
2011. There’s no dispute over the copyright of the East Van cross at Sixth Avenue and Clark, according to Vancouver artist Ken Lum, who based the art piece on a symbol that he said has been around for decades. The Vancouver Sun reported today (July 12) that Rocco Dipopolo, who they say is a former Hells Angel prospect, approached a Commercial Drive business owner who was displaying photos of the East Van cross, claiming he copyrighted the symbol.

Lum said the City of Vancouver owns the trademark on the neon cross design, which is officially titled Monument for East Vancouver.
An angry Dipopolo said that the image of the cross was first used almost 20 years ago by a Hells Angels puppet club of which he was a member at the time.

"Mr. Dipopolo had other choice words, though mostly directed at Ken Lum, the artist whose photo of the cross was installed as city art in January 2010. He said Mr. Lum “took that design off a God damn, fucking park bench. Okay. That design belongs to us — I got a tattoo on my arm from 1993. So where did I get the design from — a park bench?”
Watch the Video Video (RCMP)Digstown Clothing, owned and operated by East End Hells Angel Damiano Dipopolo, went up in flames in February 2007.

Kelowna RCMP released photos of a man caught on camera at the back of the business minutes before it went up in flames.
"Mr. Dipopolo expects Digstown Clothing to receive $54,000 in insurance proceeds, net of the deductible."
July 2005. "The biker gang owns more than 20 homes in the city and more than a dozen businesses including Champagne Charlies on Lawrence Ave., Digstown Clothing on Pandosy St., Pier Marine Pub in Westbank and Splash's Nite Club on Leon Ave.

McKinnon says patrons who frequent those businesses are "indirectly supporting the Hells Angels."

Damiano Dipopolo walks with a limp due to a bad knee, which required surgery.