What Patches to Avoid?


As we’ve explained, you shouldn’t wear a patch that belongs to another motorcycle club. Also, as a club member, you shouldn’t wear a variant of MC patch that you haven’t earned yet, i.e., a three-piece patch if you’re not a full member.

In addition to these rules, stay away from patches that resemble official MC patches, even if they’re not direct copies. If your patch displays a logo or style of text similar to a club insignia, it’s probably best to just take it off. If you’re not sure, check out a local COC (Coalition of Clubs) or “Motorcycle Rights” association.   This applies to colors as well – many MCs brand their logos / lettering using gold, red, or black colors, and those three colors are considered off-limits for any rider NOT affiliated with an MC.

Finally, don’t wear any patches that could be mistaken for the initials or logos or lettering of some other MC. It’s best to just avoid confusion. The same applies to the two letters “MC” themselves – bikers wearing “MC” are recognized as members of a club.

Choose Your Patches Carefully

If you’ve decided to wear a motorcycle patch, it’s always best to decide on its style and design with utmost attention. Even innocent mistakes can lead to misunderstandings and serious consequences.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up on patches completely.

Although choosing the right patch is like shopping in a pharmacy. There’s lots of options for everyone – like vitamins, lip balm, toothpaste, and so on.  But there’s just certain things that require approval before putting it in the cart and taking it home. The safest choice for just that is to buy patches at a motorcycle event, a reputable website like www.EagleLeather.com, or your local motorcycle store. Those will be crafted with care to avoid any potential pitfalls associated with MC patches and will make your vest look impressive without any risks.

Once you get your patches, you’ll be ready to get on the road with pride and in style.  One great way to make sure you’re looking as good as good can be – and save wear and tear on your fingers - is to work with Eagle Leather’s Sewing Services. 

Read "The Inside Scoop on Motorcycle Patches" or "MC Patch Rules" for more information.

Did we miss anything, please comment below.


  • Pete Mendez

    Im learning but am truly thankful for the complement ,and oppurtunity . Question please? Is there a certain kind of bike were suppose to have ?

  • Scar

    Wearing a patch that says “lone wolf”
    “No club” or the like tells everyone no club would have you or you never had the heart to join a club, and somewhat disrespectful to those that have earned the right to wear them, know where you ride, be respectful,
    Be safe, ride on!!

  • Moped

    Fek the po po and their lemc hypocrisy. OK OK, I do understood they are serving and protecting citizens.blablabla so? That is commendable but don’t take my fekn cake and eat it too. There ain’t no just the putting the tip up in and for people upholding laws rules, either yur in or citizen. It’s blatantly against Mc enthusiasts ethics to fly a bottom rocker part time tuffguy stop utilizing a tin pin and vest to justify putting on a fugazy Mc vest to do questionable even illegal by yur book, fun sht but with a few rules 1% of motorcycle enthusiasts live to love. God bless be safe and stick to helping citizens and lose the judgements and egos and follow and respect The Holy Ghost , tht USA and then man-made rules but picking le.life and biker is 1 thing butt flying confusing soa is not cool just real pathetic

  • Owen

    I collect patches of places I visit. Museums etc. Harley shops where I feel am treated very well. And anything that could represent my beliefs and family. Each of my patches represents something that I have done.

  • scooter

    What about an LEMC?

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