Biker Patch Rules And Etiquette

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If you are going to be wearing a biker patch, you need to know the rules and etiquette that surround this. The reason for this is that your actions will be a reflection on all of the bikers in your area. This is true if you belong to a club or if you are an independent.

Every Club Has Their Own Rules

The most important part of biker patch rules and etiquette is knowing that every biker club will have their own rules for their patches. If you are a member of a club, you need to follow the rules that they have. If there is anything in the rules that you do not understand, you should ask for clarification instead of just assuming that you know what it means. Most clubs will allow you to wear a memorial patch on your vest, but you need to ask first because some clubs have specific placements.

If you are thinking of having a patch made, it is a good idea first to become familiar with the patches of the local clubs. If possible, you should show your design to the clubs for approval. This is not necessary, but it is a sign of respect to the clubs and the patches that they have. One of the popular online patch store provides a detailed information on various rules related to biker patches.

Patches And Colors

Many people assume that the patch and color have the same rules applied to them, but this is not always the case. The more traditional motorcycle clubs have different views on the patch and the color. These clubs will see the patch as being the property of riding clubs, and it is something that can be bought.

The colors are a bit different as they are seen by the traditional motorcycle clubs as belonging to the motorcycle club and not the riding club. This difference means that the colors will need to be earned and cannot be bought. Buying the motorcycle club colors is seen as a sign of disrespect and should be avoided.

When dealing with motorcycle clubs, the most important rule for biker patches is that colors symbolize commitment. You need to keep this in mind when you put on any patches. There is also the fact pointed out by that different patches will mean different things to different riders and riding clubs.

1 And 2 Piece Patches

When you look at the different patches on the market, you should consider what they mean to the different clubs and riders. A 1-piece patch will represent a social motorcycle club, a family club or a riding club. Most 1-piece patches will be approved of by other motorcycle clubs unless they logo has been copied from somewhere else. You may also have problems if the patch is very similar to the local motorcycle club.

The 2-piece patch is a bit different as it can mean many different things. If you want to be safe with a 2-piece patch, you need to ensure that the design of the patch does not encroach on the patches of the local motorcycle clubs.

3 Piece Patches

A 3-piece patch is used to symbolize the rider being a member of a traditional motorcycle club or an outlaw club. 3-piece patches will have a top rocker that has to bear the name of the club. The center of the patch will have the official patch of the club while the bottom rocker will have the territory of the club.

The bottom rocker of these patches may also have a motto or saying. It is important that new riders not wear a 3-piece patch. If you are part of a new MC that wants to wear a patch like this, you will need to get the approval of the established clubs in your area first.


The curved patches at the top and bottom are known as rockers, and riding clubs or independents cannot wear them. The only time they can be worn is if they have been approved by the dominant riding club in the area. Any social riding club should not claim a territory which is what rockers will do. It is also important that you not have the state name on your vest unless the club has approved this.

Other Patches

There are other patches that you need to be aware of, particularly those worn by outlaw bikers. One of these patches is the 1% patch which is a reference to the statement made by the American Motorcycle Association which states that 99% of bikers abide by the law. 1% patches are only worn by outlaw bikers while 99% patches are worn by other bikers to indicate that they are not outlaw bikers.

The #13 patch should also be noted as this patch also has a special meaning. The patch refers to the 13th letter of the alphabet M. It is believed that bikers who wear this patch use or deal drugs such as marijuana.

The 9 patch indicates that the biker has Indian blood and refers to the 9th letter of the alphabet. The ace of spades patch indicates that the biker is willing to fight to the death for their rights. A patch with a flag design will relate to the country of the biker.

There are many rules that you need to be aware of with biker patches for jackets and vests. If you are a member of a club, you will need to follow the rules that they have set out. If you are an independent, you need to know the patches of the local clubs and how they will perceive any of the patches that you have.

How to Iron on Patches on Biker Jackets

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There are many trends that may come and go over the course of time. Some of them tend to die out quite quickly, but others will be around for the long term. One of those trends that tend to last from one generation to the next is biker jackets. These have been work in some fashion or another for many decades, and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere at any time soon. Quite honestly, you don’t even need to ride a bike to enjoy one of these jackets; they look cool without the motorcycle as well.

Although biker jackets are designed to look great when you wear them right off the rack, it isn’t unusual for someone who owns one to want to modify it in some way or another. This could be done in numerous ways, but perhaps the way it most often completed is with the addition of patches. These patches tell a story in some way or another. At times, they might show your affiliation with a particular group, but in other cases, it might just show your passion for a cause.

Biker jackets can be made of many different types of materials, but traditionally, they are made of leather. It gives them a look and feel that helps to make them a popular choice. If you are interested in adorning your jacket with some patches, you have some options available. Some patches are sewn-on, but others are ironed on. In the case of iron-on, you can quickly attach the patch to adorn the jacket or perhaps even to cover over a tear or other imperfection. How to you attach such a patch to leather the right way?

First of all, if you are attaching an iron on patch to a biker jacket, you are making one of the best choices possible. It is a method that works quickly, and when it is done properly, it will last on the jacket for a very long time. In fact, the patch might just be on the jacket for life, if you take care of it properly. The iron on patches from are made with high-quality materials and they have a large collection of patch designs.

That being said, it is also possible to do it wrong, and if you do, it is just not going to look right. More than likely, you are adding the iron on patch to the biker jacket because you think it will look cool. The last thing you want is for the patch to end up with a wrinkle or otherwise damaged during the process.

The following steps recommended by should be taken to attach an iron on patch to a biker jacket. This same method can be used to attach a patch to any leather product, including hand bags and even boots. If you take your time and follow the instructions carefully, you will see the greatest chance for success.

Step 1: First of all, you will need to gather any tools necessary for the process. This would include the biker jacket and patch, along with an ironing board, iron, adhesive, paintbrush, cotton balls and water. The last thing you want to do is run all over looking for what you need in the middle of the process. Have everything together at arms reach for convenience.

Step 2: Place the leather jacket across the ironing board with the area for the patch exposed. Smooth the leather as much as possible.

Step 3: Use a thin paintbrush to put a layer of adhesive on the patch; keeping the layer thin.

Step 4: Put the patch in place on the jacket and press it on using a cold iron. Work your way to the edges from the center of the patch and allow the adhesive a sufficient time to dry.

Step 5: Use the cotton balls with a little water to clean up any extra adhesive around the edges of the patch. Be sure to do this before the adhesive is dry or it might stain the leather.

One thing you will need to keep in mind during the process is that the iron must not be turned on. A hot iron could permanently damage the leather jacket. Although it would be possible to fix it by applying a larger patch, it is better if you simply use a cold iron and special adhesive to attach the patch properly.

From time to time, you might read that it is impossible to iron on a patch to a leather biker jacket. Although that might be true in that you can’t iron it on with a hot iron, this workaround works quite well. When it is done properly, it will last for many years and could survive dozens of cleanings. It is the best option for those who don’t want to sew the patch on.

New Update: Here’s a useful How to Iron on Patches Guide published by Biker Patches website. Kindly go through the guide and let us know your feedback. Do share your pics with the embroidered or iron on patches on your denims and jackets.

AIHCE Presents Patches Fashion Guide for Bikers

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Welcome to AIHCE 2016 Patches Fashion guide. We all have underestimated how powerful the embroidered and iron on patches can be as a fashion add-on. Patches not only allows an individual to express his attitude and philosophy but also can make an ordinary denim or leather jacket look classy.

This guide is dedicated towards bringing in as much as useful information about patches and it’s applications on jackets, vests, denims or any clothing. AIHCE is a team of motorcycle enthusiasts and club members who are looking forward to redefine fashion. We appreciate your thoughts and inputs about all the information we publish on this website. Send us your selfies and pictures with your latest patches and you can win some nice goodies.