Different Biker Patches And Their Meanings

Biker Patch Rules

If you are going to wear a biker patch, it pays to know something about biker patch rules and etiquette. The reason is simple: your actions will be reflected on all bikers in the area. This is true whether you are an Independent / Lone Wolf or belong to an MC (motorcycle club), RC (riding club) or MM (motorcycle ministry).

Read and Follow the Club Rules

All biker clubs have rules about how to wear the patch. You can avoid a lot of trouble by just following the club rules. If there is something you do not understand, clarify it with the club. Note: most clubs allow you to wear memorial patches anywhere on the vest but it is best to ask first.

If you are making a patch it is a good idea to get familiar with the patch designs used by clubs in your area. Show your intended patch design to the clubs (if there are too many in your area, just show it to the most dominant group).

When you get their approval, you can have it made. This isn’t really necessary, but it is a show of respect for the clubs.

Patches and Colors

Among traditional MCs, the patch is considered different from colors. In their view, the patches are the property of riding clubs and are bought (not earned). It is the colors that belong to the motorcycle club; the colors must be earned.

One of the most important biker patch rules to remember is that among MCs, the colors symbolize commitment. Keep this in mind when putting on a patch. Patches can mean various things to riding clubs and riders as well.

1 and 2 Piece Patches

The 1-piece patch usually represents a riding club, family club or social motorcycle club. Most 1-pecepaches are approved. The exceptions are when the logos are copied somewhere else or if the design is a lot like the local MC.

The 2-piece patch can mean different things. To be safe, make sure the designs do not infringe on their patches.

3 Piece Patches

This patch can mean the rider is part of an outlaw club or a traditional motorcycle club. In a three-piece patch, the top rocker must bear the club name. The center has the club patch and the bottom rocker the territory.

Sometimes the bottom rocker has a saying or motto included. New MCs should not wear the three-piece patch. If your club wants to wear this patch, you need approval from the existing established MCs in your area.


The rockers are the curved patches at the bottom and top. Riding clubs cannot wear them unless approved by the dominant riding club in the area. Social MCs and riding clubs should not claim territory by using the rockers. Do not sew the state name onto your vest or jacket without club approval.

These are the biker patch rules that new riders or clubs should be aware of. There are of course, other stipulations and regulations unique to an area. Get in touch with the local groups in your location just to be safe.


Other patches (roughly)

There is also the 1% patch that are also worn by outlaw bikers are in reference of the American Motorcycle Association statement that there are 99% of bikers that abide law. The statement also implies that outlaw bikers are criminals.

People who wearing 99% patch are indicating they are not outlaw biker’s .

There are also the #13 patch which means as the 13th letter found in the alphabet "M". Some say that this is an indication that the biker’s who wear these patches use or sell the drug marijuana which is signified by the letter M.

There is also the patch of 9 or 9er which means the biker has a blood of an Indian. The number 9 also means as the 9th letter of the alphabet.

The meaning for the ace of spades for biker’s is that they will fight to the death for their rights.

A patch that has a design of a flag means the country of the biker.

Position patches, for example a "president patch" on the other hand is worn as a sign of rank or position within a motorcycle club.

There is also a fallen rider memorial patch, usually the loss of a known fellow rider. Generally a memorial patches can be placed anywhere on the vest or jacket.

If the biker has achieved something within their club, they often have the wing patch. Often times, bikers that have this patch may mean an achievement criminally or sexually.

Bikers that has a skull with crossbones means that the individual has already escaped death situations or has actually killed someone.

There are also positions in the club that denotes heir design . Patches have also designs of different road names. But these kind of patch is only given to the high authority of the club.

The Men of Mayhem patch is obtained if a certain biker has made violations for the club.

The I.T.C.O.B (I Took Care of Business) also means the same as the Men of Mayhem.

Patches are made primarily to recognize the group. However, different patches may mean more than simply its design. 

If in doubt, ask.



 a good reference is this site on Biker culture etiquite

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  • Heidi Reul
    commented 2017-09-26 07:32:38 +1000
    Does anyone know if there is such thing as a “patch-free” city? As in, a city where you’re not allowed to have your patches visible. I haven’t been able to find any info on why this would be.
  • Ron Ipsen
    commented 2016-04-20 11:57:23 +1000
    Yes, it would really. MC’s are very protective of name and colours, best to fins something original. Many British biker associations use card symbols, generally spades or clubs and this seems to be ok as long as it isnt a 3 piece backpatch. Avoid 3 piece patches like the plague for a non OMC organisation.
  • Loman Williams
    commented 2016-04-20 11:42:46 +1000
    The MC name I mentioned in my previous comment was just an example, by the way.
  • Loman Williams
    commented 2016-04-20 11:35:38 +1000
    Would it be inappropriate to have the same name as an MC in a different area, or even a different state, but with a different patch design? Or would it be best to put some more thought into your name, if it is the same or very similar to another MC. (Such as ‘Aces of Spades’)