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Post by Painkiller on Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:33 pm


A serious Club commands respect for one or both of two reasons.

  • Those who are correctly informed recognize the deep level of personal commitment and self discipline that a man has to demonstrate and sustain in order to wear a patch. They understand that it is akin to a religion or vocation to that man. They realize that a Club's "Colors" are closely guarded and the membership process is long and difficult. Other factors notwithstanding, they respect Patchholders for what they have accomplished by being able to earn and keep the patch they wear. This is respect born out of recognition of dedication and accomplishment.

  • Those who are less informed see only the surface. They see the vigilance of mutual support. They see the potential danger of invoking a response from a well-organized unit that travels in numbers and is always prepared for confrontation. They know that no one can provoke one Club member without being answerable to the whole Club, and that such an answer is a point of honor that must come, to the last man. The type of respect that this generates is one born out of fear.

There is also a natural hierarchy that is recognized between the motorcycle Clubs. The strongest and most established Club assumes charge of the particular state in which they ride. This dominant Club will, for reasons that are beneficial to all, authorize the establishment of new Clubs within that state and disband Clubs that continually create problems. They will act as mediators to resolve problems between existing Clubs; and will step in and enforce their own solution if the feuding Clubs cannot come to terms on their own. In fact, some Clubs have been established with this sole purpose in mind.

Club Colors

The general public does not draw a distinction between different Club colors. In many cases, they simply can't tell the difference: we're all "biker scum" to them. If one Club causes a problem that touches the public sector, the offending Club's identity is either confused or ignored and the heat comes down on all Clubs. The Clubs tend to police themselves to avoid such incidents.

The Process

In most cases, the Patchholder was a Hangaround with the Club for about a year. Before that he was a long standing acquaintance and his attitude and overall conduct were well known. He then prospected for the Club for one to two years before he got his patch. Of all things in this man's life, his loyalty and commitment to the well being of the Club comes first above all else. There is never any doubt that comes first. Though most things in life can let him down, he knows that his Club and his brothers will always be there because he is always committed to being there himself.

To be sure that this ideal and attitude continues on with any new members, he participates in teaching, conditioning, and even testing the Club's prospects. The term "prospect" comes from the words "prospective member". Before he allows another man to wear his colors, he is sure that the prospect is as dedicated as he is!

A Patchholder has the attitude that there are only two types of people, those who are brothers and those who are not. For this reason he will not discuss any Club business with anyone outside of the Club. He will keep his voice down when discussing Club business and he will be aware of anyone coming within listening distance. He understands that he is a Patchholder 24 hours a day whether or not he is wearing his colors. Everything he says or does in public can affect the Club or the brothers. He also understands that if he gets out of line, that he is subject to be counseled by his brothers for his own good and for that of the Club.

Wearing a patch is more than getting together for good times. It also means getting together for the other times, too. It constitutes a lot of work. It's committing yourself to a lifestyle in which you do not look for how your brothers can help you, but for ways that you can be of help to your brothers. You always look to give rather than to receive. All of this may seem very idealistic, and in some cases it's just that. But it is an ideal that out Club profess and is always striving for in principal and practice. You should be aware of the "Golden Rule" of conduct while traveling in Club circles: If you give respect, you'll get respect. If you act like an asshole, you'll be treated like one.

Levels of Commitment

When a man earns his patch, it does not mean that he has reached the ultimate goal and from that point he can kick back and coast. Moving from Acquaintance to Hangaround to Prospect to Patchholder is not climbing from the bottom to the top, but rather more like climbing a constantly ascending slope, and in time becoming a stronger and more committed brother.

A man's prospecting rocker and later his patch are merely presented in recognition of what he has demonstrated along the way. In this fashion, the more senior the Patchholder is in the Club and the more he experiences, the more of a brother he should be to all.

Jimmy Braescher

Khans Motorcycle Club - The Real Nine Percenter MC
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