Why do Bikers have embroidered patches on their jackets and vests?
Besides a black t-shirt and jeans, a biker usually sports a jacket or vest with some kind of embroidered patch or many patches. The embroidered patches often show off club membership, a favored political statement, a show of patriotism, places visited or designs depicting the biker lifestyle. How did this tradition start?
The origins of motorcycle patches can be traced back to the 1920’s when the American Motorcyclist Association was founded. Members of the group would gather at AMA events and have jackets with the club logo / name and the region they were from, embroidered by hand, on their jackets.
In 1947, a rowdy bunch of veterans from WW2, rode into the small town of Hollister, California on their motorcycles and caused a disturbance with their drinking, fighting and loud motorcycles. A statement from the AMA, soon after the ruckus, said these bikers, who caused the problems, only represent ‘1 %” of motorcycle enthusiasts. Thus the patch and term 1% er came to be associated with outlaw motorcycle clubs that soon formed in the late 1940’s
These clubs came up with their “Colors” or patches, only worn by members of their club, to show their territory and proof of membership. A full member known as a “patch holder” would have on the back of their jacket a curved patch known as a top rocker, stating the club name, a lower rocker stating the club territory and a central patch of the club’s insignia with a fourth, smaller badge carrying the initials “MC” standing for “Motorcycle Club”. The patches worn by these MC’s are earned and taken very seriously by their members. People have been severely injured who disrespect club patches.
Our Lethal Threat Biker patches depict designs, art and colors that do not violate or interfere with known club colors or patches. We are very particular about the art we create for our embroidered patches.
Our Lethal Threat patches are not to be used or adopted for new club patches. We get request all the time to use one of our designs for a new club patch. Our response is you cannot use any of our copy righted patches, but we do offer a design service, were for a fee we, can create a custom design based on your idea or concept exclusive to your club. This custom design can be used for any purpose you want, patches, shirts, stickers, etc.
Riders, not members of MC Clubs, can wear patches on their jackets with no concern as long as they are not laid out on the jacket like a traditional MC’s club patches.
Our Lethal Threat patches depict designs of skulls, pin up girls, eagles, 2nd Amendment themes and biker lifestyle themes. Each Lethal Threat embroidered biker patch has highly detailed embroidery. On average our embroidery time, per patch is two to three hours. All our embroidered patches have a sewer friendly border for sew on application for leather and a heat seal backing for ironing onto denim. Sew on application is always recommended regardless of the base garment.
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