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There is a most controversy and misunderstanding neighboring the "Diamond 13" patch. If you ask 10 different bikers what the patch means, you"ll get 10 different answers. Some will certainly say it stands for the thirteenth letter if the alphabet "M" which represents motorcycle or marijuana. Some will certainly say it method "only 12 Jurors and 1 Judge can judge me. Part 1% clubs use the job in recognition and to recognize their support clubs.Ask yourself, why is the very same patch so widely used and has all these different meanings? There needs to be something much more to the patch.Lets look at the history of the patch. A friend of mine who was a member of one of these beforehand "Outlaw" MC, relayed the following;The "Diamond 13" patch gained it"s establishing in southerly California in the early 30"s as an anti-AMA patch. The was offered by the early on "Outlaw" clubs to present their separation from AMA clubs and to display their dissatisfaction through the AMA movement and rules. In the early on 30"s the AMA was trying come take over both the racing and motorcycle club scene and not anyone was happy around it. AMA to be proud of their patch, for this reason the anti-AMA movement, "The Outlaws", produced their own activity without the strict AMA rules. Many AMA races payment out much more and was an extremely attractive for part racers and also racing clubs.The "13" top top the spot stood because that the peak 13 "Outlaw" motorcycle clubs in southern California, the optimal 13 outlaw gyeongju clubs to be awarded the patch and also a trophy. After the they become part of the "Diamond Club" which was a small component of the southern California Outlaw Federation gyeongju scene. In the early on 60"s when the 1% movement came about, the 13 ~ above the patch readjusted into a 1%. The diamond patch form was used since it currently stood because that the anti-AMA movement and it to be AMA who used the term 99% of bikers are law abiding.
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1939 S.C.O.F. Trophy awarded to the Moonshiners MC
The "13" was widely used right into the mid 1960"s as an outlaw symbol. Listed below are Hells Angels MC members which present thetransitionfrom the "13" come the 1% Diamond. In the mid 1970"s the 1% diamond become standard in the prior of the MC colors. Part Motorcycle Clubs wore the 1%"er patch together a square shape before it was a diamond shape.
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Hells Angels MC through a "13" patchs

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Hells Angels MC mid 1960"s "13" patch
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Hells Angels M.C.

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Hells Angels M.C. 1965

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Hells Angels MC mid 1960"s with one of the first "1%" patch placements worn ~ above the earlier due come "13" spot on front



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Hells Angels MC mid 1960"s with one of the very first "1%" spot placements worn top top the earlier due come "13" patch on front