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In Camden, New Jersey the Pagans motorcycle club has found itself in a dispute with local police over the use of their colors. If you don’t know, the “colors” are a club’s custom motorcycle club patches adorning the back of their leather vests and jackets. In the case of the Pagans, their colors aren’t widely known outside their areas of operation because the group tends to keep to themselves and avoid drawing attention. However, that didn’t help them in July 2009 as a group traveled down the highway in Southampton.
Riding with a fellow biker from the Tribe motorcycle club, two Pagans were pulled over by local police allegedly because of illegal helmets. The Pagans claimed their helmets were perfectly legal, a claim that held up later in court. Furthermore, they believe the real reason they were pulled over is because the police wanted to remove their colors. According to videotaped evidence of the traffic stop one of the officers indeed had demanded the men’s remove their vests because, as the officer claimed, “on these highways these are the only colors [police uniform] you wear.”
Nearly 3 years after the fact the Pagans are suing the police in a question over a violation of their constitutional rights. They make the case that they have freedom according to the First Amendment to wear their colors as they choose. A judge with the U.S. District Court agreed, allowing the case to proceed. We’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.
Results of the case will set an important precedent for not only the Pagans but for motorcycle clubs around the country. Their colors are an import ant part of their identity; one that could potentially be lost if they lose the case.
It’s not uncommon for American motorcycle clubs to be very loyal and supportive of the U.S. Armed Forces. But the VFW Riders take that to a whole new level simply because of who they are. In case you don’t know, “VFW” is an acronym for Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW is a nationwide organization of retired and active duty servicemen and women who have been engaged overseas in times of conflict. Currently the organization has members who have seen duty in Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, and Afghanistan.
The VFW Riders are a subgroup of the national organization. They are organized into several different state organizations with numerous chapters underneath them. The VFW Riders come together around a love for both motorcycles and their fellow veterans. Their primary mission is to support the VFW and the military through community service projects. It’s not uncommon for the original organization, located in Hampton Roads, Virginia, to be part of servicemen send-offs and welcoming ceremonies.
As for their club patch, the VFW riders simply use the title text, the state or community they’re from, and the insignia of either the VFW or one of their auxiliaries. The colors worn by each member are determined based on which organization he or she belongs to.
Motorcycle club patches like the ones worn by the VFW Riders are made by embroidered patch manufactures around the country. Yet motorcycle clubs are not the only organizations that use them. Embroidered patches are used by boys and girls clubs, community service organizations, schools, sports teams, and many others. They make for an easy way to identify your group members at a fairly reasonable cost. If you’re interested in custom club patches for your group contact The Cheap Place. They can take your specific design and create club patches to your specifications.
If you’ve got the money and don’t mind the commute, a club house belonging to a local Bandidos chapter outside of Sydney, Australia is up for sale. The building is located in the suburb of Petersham, a moderate sized community considered part of the greater Sydney area. It is right around the corner from the former headquarters of a local Hells Angels chapter, now being converted into apartments.
The owners of the building are looking to sell or lease the property to “the right tenant.” The property comes complete with its own spa and fairly upscale bathroom facilities. What you probably won’t find are any old Bandidos motorcycle club patches laying around. The club was careful to make sure the space was completely cleaned out before vacating. In fact, according to real estate agents prospective buyers probably wouldn’t even know the building’s history unless they were informed.
Dwindling numbers are the primary reason why this specific Bandidos chapter has downsized. According to some sources many members have patched over to other chapters or entirely new clubs altogether. Nonetheless, the Bandidos remain a strong organization throughout the world. They still have over 90 chapters in the United States, 90 in Europe, and a couple dozen in Australia and Asia. They also operate a number of smaller “support” clubs known by their reverse color patches.
Those reverse color patches are fairly significant when you understand how important club patches are to motorcycle clubs. Patches are considered the club’s “colors” and can only be earned by meeting certain club requirements. In other words, you can’t simply go down to the local store and purchase a Bandidos club patch. The support groups who wear the reverse color patches have likewise earned their colors and don’t take them lightly.
When it comes to the holiday season, the Hells Angels are not that much different from other kinds of clubs. They get together to help with social causes and they have typical Christmas and New Year’s parties that celebrate the holidays with all the gusto you’d expect anywhere else. If you need proof, you only need to visit the worldwide organization’s official website. Under their “events” link you’ll see various holiday gatherings listed from places all over the world.
From Christmas parties in Spain and England to New Year’s gatherings in Germany and Italy, the Hells Angels know how to have a good time. They’ll be gathering for their annual Yuletide celebrations, which will most likely include lots of good food, drinks, and gift giving. A week later the bikers will assemble for New Year’s parties and rides to bring in 2012. Most of the events listed on the website are labeled as being “public” although I’m not exactly sure what that means.
One of the most interesting aspects of these events comes by way of the club’s custom patches. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about an event in New Zealand, Canada, or the United States; the club patches worn by Hells Angels members are identical. Those patches are a symbol of a worldwide brotherhood of all Hells Angels members regardless of where they live. It is a brotherhood of loyalty that is almost never broken. When it is, it’s generally due to circumstances beyond a member’s control.
If you need custom motorcycle club patches for your group, or any type of club patch for a non-biker group, you can get them by contacting a patch dealer like The Cheap Place. By submitting your original design, The Cheap Place can have your patches made and shipped directly to you. It’s an inexpensive way to have your colors created with little hassle and at a great price. If you want to contact The Cheap Place to submit your custom club order, keep in mind that they do have a 12-piece minimum.
When it comes to official motorcycle club patches we tend to expect things like skulls, flames, and a variety of hand-held weapons. So when most people see the official patch of the Gypsy Jokers they are taken a little bit off guard. Their patch features a colorful caricature of a Renaissance-era court jester with one hand in his pocket and a look of mischief on his face. Alternately, the club does have a more traditional looking patch featuring a skull inside a triangle.
The Gypsy Jokers were founded on April’s Fools day, 1956, in San Francisco. Right from the start they were at odds with the Hell’s Angels and eventually moved the club north. In 1967 the club established a new headquarters in Lincoln City, Oregon and spread out from there. Today they are one of the most well-recognized motorcycle clubs in both the U.S. and Australia, with 35 chapters around the world and a penchant for protesting anti-biker legislation.
If you’re wondering where motorcycle clubs like the Gypsy Jokers get their custom club patches, they usually order them from companies like The Cheap Place. Normally a club will submit its design to a patch maker who will then produce the patches for them.
One of the great things about custom club patches is the fact that a club doesn’t need to be bikers to get them. Any organization can design and order their own custom club patches for distribution among their members. Patches are great for civic organizations, kids clubs, sports teams, and even businesses looking for a great way to market themselves. If this sounds like an intriguing idea to you, contact The Cheap Place and submit your design today. They’ll have your patches made and shipped right to your door.
It’s no secret that motorcycle clubs around the world design their own custom club patches reflective of their individual identities. Most of these custom patches say specific things about where a club came from, what its purpose is, and so forth. Of all the motorcycle club patches we’ve seen, one of the most descriptive belongs to the Mongols.
The Mongols Motorcycle Club was created in 1969 as an “alternative” to the Hells Angels. The original founders were Hispanic Vietnam War vets who were excluded from the Angels because of their ethnic background. So the Mongols essentially began as a group of outcasts who were bound and determined to make their way in the motorcycle world.
Since that time the group has expanded all across Southern California and currently numbers between 500 and 600 members. There are also affiliate charters in 14 other states, plus Canada, Mexico, Australia, and several European nations.
As for their patch, it’s very descriptive in that it features a caricature of a traditional Mongol riding a chopper. We say it’s descriptive because anyone who knows the history of the Mongols knows they are Asian outcasts who’ve been fighting for their reputation and their place in the Asian world for centuries. That said, the patch probably wouldn’t mean much to you if you didn’t know the history.
Custom motorcycle club patches are one of the most important means by which clubs identify themselves and their members. Most clubs take their colors very seriously, which is why you can’t simply go down the corner store and buy a Mongols patch. You have to earn it by meeting certain requirements.
However, that doesn’t stop you from designing your own custom club patches for your local motorcycle group or other organization. The Cheap Place can help you with such a project by using your design, producing your patches, and shipping them right to your door. All you need to do to get started is contact them and place an order for 20 or more pieces. In no time, you’ll have your own motorcycle club patches ready to distribute to your members.