Custom embroidered patches have long been an integral
What are the meanings of particular patches that embody biker life? Generally speaking, a one-piece patch indicates a club that's sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association. Conversely, a three-piece custom embroidered patch - consisting of a large graphic patch centered on a jacket, with one 'rocker' located above it and one below is a symbol of a so-called 'outlaw club.' In this sense, 'outlaw' can mean only that the club is not one that's sanctioned by the AMA.
The three-piece custom embroidered patch is a hard-won item. Motorcycle clubs often require a period of apprenticeship and training, in which the prospective member learns club protocols and customs. Becoming a full patch holder can take years.
Other clubs, such as those sponsored by motorcycle manufacturers don't have any specific requirements beyond owning the bike in question. BMW, Honda, Harley-Davidson and other manufacturers often feature such clubs, whether manufacturer sponsored or independent. Custom embroidered patches for leather riding gear are a common way to show membership in these groups as well.
Some biker organizations serve a specific purpose, such as the Patriot Guard Riders, who provide funeral for military veterans. Biker ministries and other organizations also use custom embroidered patches to help spread the word of their mission. Law enforcement members and veterans' groups often have their own clubs.
Regardless of the group's organization or purpose, there's a custom embroidered patch that reflects the group's beliefs and mission.