Photo by Verena Brandt
|Location||Oakland, California, USA 37° 48' 16.04" N, 122° 16' 16.88" W|
|Team||* Team Justice, Inc (former)|
* Gate City Superhero Movement (former)
* California Initiative: Oakland-East Bay
|Actions||Community Self Defense|
|Outfit||Gloves (Red) |
Logoed Shirt (Black, Red)
|Equipment||Bulletproof vest, crime prediction software, stun knuckles|
Crimson Fist is a Real Life Superhero originally based out of Atlanta, Georgia, currently operating in Oakland, California.
Atlanta Years (2006-2015)
Crimson Fist began doing safety patrols and outreach in downtown Atlanta, Georgia as a civilian in 2006; before adopting a superhero identity in early 2008. They served as a satellite member of Team Justice, Inc and were a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of the Guardian Angels, later serving as assistant director of the group before eventually leaving due to ideological differences. In 2009, they began an alliance with fellow superhero Metadata. The pair would eventually marry in 2011.
In 2013, Crimson Fist began exclusively patrolling the Castleberry Hill neighborhood of Atlanta. Not long after, they were approached by Phoenix Jones with a proposal of establishing an Atlanta chapter of the Rain City Superhero Movement. This led to the formation of the short-lived Gate City Superhero Movement, which dissolved after several months. Crimson Fist continued to patrol the area, eventually garnering much recognition and support for their activities in the area. They were an honored recipient of Creative Loafings 2013 “Best of Atlanta” Awards.
In 2014, they were invited to present a TED talk at Georgia Tech University. The same year, they also gave a presentation on a theoretical crime prediction system at Phreaknic hacker and technology conference in Nashville, Tennessee. It was here that they met and became a member of Freeside hackerspace, with whom they collaborated to create the system described in their presentation. The following year, the group returned to Phreaknic to present the fully functional prediction system. This same year they and Metadata divorced.
California Years (2016-Current)
In 2016, Crimson Fist left Atlanta and moved to southern California. They began patrolling San Diego, often working alongside the Xtreme Justice League. Additionally, they began organizing monthly team-up patrols in Hollywood, featuring members of the XJL, California Ronin, and former members of California Initiative: Los Angeles. In this year they also participated in HOPE events in both San Diego and San Francisco. At the end of the year, they retired from active patrolling due to medical issues.
Sometime in 2019, they relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and quietly began assisting the California Initiative: Oakland-East Bay in outreach efforts, while starting to train for a return to patrolling. In June of 2020, they came out of retirement in response to the rise of fascist violence. Adopting a new logo and red and black suit, they began performing weekly safety patrols of Oakland's Lake Merritt area, before later relocating their efforts to combat racist attacks in Chinatown.
In January 2021, they began doing weekly outreach missions in San Jose, occasionally partnering with other local heroes. In August 2021, they officially joined the California Initiative: Oakland-East Bay.
by Peter Tangen, 2010
Crimson Fist TedX Georgia Tech, 2014
Crimson Fist on patrol with the Xtreme Justice League, 2016
Photo: Verena Brandt, 2016
Crimson Fist receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the Oakland City Council in 2021