How to Design a Motorcycle Patch

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How to Design a Motorcycle Patch
A club should have an individual patch, relating to the ethos of the group. (motorcycles image by Artur Blaszak from

A patch is a badge of belonging to a motorcycle group. As such, it should be individual and get across the ethos of the group. Designing the patch can be performed using a pencil and paper or by taking advantage of computer-aided design to get the patch perfect. Patches can also have more than one component, but clubs may want to follow biker tradition when using these components together.

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Things you need

  • Chalk
  • Bike jacket
  • Measuring tape
  • Computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD

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    Choose a patch shape. Commonly used patches are round, square, rectangular, tombstone shaped, oval, shield shaped or rocker shaped. Remember that a patch can also be made up of a combination of shapes, such as a shield with a rocker above and beneath. Traditionally, family or social clubs use a single patch and more hardcore clubs use a three-piece patch.

  2. 2

    Measure the rough size of the patch you want. Either lay out one of the motorcycle jackets flat on a table or get one of the group to wear the jacket. Use chalk to sketch out the area you want to place the patch on and measure using a measuring tape.

  3. 3

    Confer with other members of the group as to what central features they would like to get an idea of a suitable design for all the group. The patch should represent the ethos of your group and could stem from a common interest or source of pride for the gang. Scarier patches such as skulls and snakes are common in gang designs, but more law-abiding clubs have a wider range of inspirations available to them.

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    Use your club's motto as part of the design. This will make the patch more individual and more personal to your group.

  5. 5

    Transfer these dimensions onto a sheet of paper using a permanent marker and use it as a template for your design. Members with engineering experience could use a program like AutoCAD (Computer-Aided Design) to create a detailed patch. Alternatively, sketch the design freehand. Keep the design simple as it should be recognisable when the club is riding along the highway.

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    Pick suitable colours for your chosen centrepiece. For example, a white skull and crossbones would stand out on a black background, but interest can be added by features on the skull. A border will define where the patch begins and ends, especially if it is to be sewn onto a black leather jacket, so consider using border designs such as Celtic knots or even something like a snake circling the patch.

  7. 7

    Follow tradition if using rockers above and below the centre patch. The top rocker should state the name of the club and the rocker below should contain the name of the area the group is from.

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