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There is a most controversy and also misunderstanding neighboring the "Diamond 13" patch. If you ask 10 various bikers what the job means, you"ll get 10 different answers. Some will certainly say it means the thirteenth letter if the alphabet "M" which means motorcycle or marijuana. Some will say it way "only 12 Jurors and also 1 Judge deserve to judge me. Part 1% clubs usage the patch in recognition and also to determine their support clubs.Ask yourself, why is the exact same patch so commonly used and has all these different meanings? There has to be something more to the patch.Lets look at the background of the patch. A girlfriend of mine who was a member of among these at an early stage "Outlaw" MC, relayed the following;The "Diamond 13" patch got it"s founding in southern California in the early 30"s together an anti-AMA patch. That was provided by the at an early stage "Outlaw" clubs to present their separation from AMA clubs and also to present their dissatisfaction through the AMA movement and also rules. In the beforehand 30"s the AMA was trying come take over both the racing and also motorcycle club scene and not anyone was happy about it. AMA to be proud of their patch, for this reason the anti-AMA movement, "The Outlaws", created their own activity without the strictly AMA rules. Most AMA races payment out more and was an extremely attractive for part racers and racing clubs.The "13" top top the job stood because that the height 13 "Outlaw" motorcycle clubs in southern California, the top 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 southerly California Outlaw Federation gyeongju scene. In the at an early stage 60"s when the 1% motion came about, the 13 on the patch adjusted into a 1%. The diamond patch shape was used due to the fact that it already stood because that the anti-AMA movement and it to be AMA who offered the hatchet 99% the bikers are regulation abiding.
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1939 S.C.O.F. Trophy awarded come the Moonshiners MC
The "13" was extensively used into the mid 1960"s as an outlaw symbol. Below are Hells Angels MC members which display thetransitionfrom the "13" come the 1% Diamond. In the mid 1970"s the 1% diamond become standard in the front of the MC colors. Part Motorcycle Clubs wore the 1%"er patch as a square shape prior to it was a diamond shape.
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Hells Angels MC with 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%" job placements worn ~ above the back due come "13" patch on front



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Hells Angels MC mid 1960"s with among the first "1%" job placements worn top top the earlier due to "13" job on front