So… You Wanna Be An “MC”


The process, as viewed by a 3-piece Patch Holder

(RoadRage, 2011)

Let me start out by saying that in no way, shape or form is this meant to infringe upon any personal freedoms, rights or even your desires as human beings that were fortunate enough to have found yourselves living in the greatest society on Earth, the United States of America. This was not written to tear down any personal credos of “Ride Free” or to regulate you in any way. This is meant to EDUCATE, not REGULATE.

The simple truths that are written herein were once known by all in the MC (Motorcycle Club) Community. They were a part of what characterized and upon which most individual club’s bylaws were constructed, as well as being engrained in the belief system of every one of those club’s members. The “Old School” bikers can surely attest to this.

The MC world is one that is founded upon FREEDOM and held together through RESPECT. It is critical that both of these cornerstones be regarded as equally important, within the MC Community, in order to ensure the peaceful coexistence of such a vastly diverse sub-set of society.

This unique culture, with its many “Colors,” is represented by everything from the “1% Outlaw Biker Clubs” at one end of the spectrum to the “Christian Biker Clubs” at the other end and just about everything you can think of in between. The only things that are always present in every club are, of course an undying love for riding motorcycles (that’s pretty much a given) and the two fundamentals mentioned above, the unwavering desire for Freedom and the absolute necessity of Respect.

Bear in mind, all of this is written with regard to MCs. Not your everyday Joe Independents, average citizens who have no clue as to the inner workings of our part of society, nor those RUBs that one day decided to buy everything brand new from the bike to the jacket, helmet, chaps, tassels, gloves, pant stirrups and vests with way too many brand new, stupid looking patches on them. Now, to avoid sounding hypocritical, let me also state that all of those “Motorcycle Enthusiasts” have every right to enjoy the freedom of the road and deserve the right to earn their own portion of respect, as much as we in the MC Community do. But for the purposes of this writing, they are in fact excluded.

To continue speaking on the fundamentals of Freedom and Respect, it’s important to realize that, in a perfect world, everyone would be free to do whatever they wanted when, where and however they pleased. While this sounds great it brings with it another set of problems. For instance, there is the fact that one man’s exercising of his unrestrained freedom will almost always infringe upon another man’s freedom and inherently bring with it a measure of disrespect.

So… while the ideal of Freedom is pure, the reality of freedom is only able to be implemented when tempered with respect. Again, in the setting of our imaginary perfect world, we would like to assume that this measure of respect would be common knowledge among the members of this particular sub-set of society. Almost an unwritten “Code Of Respect” somewhat akin to the, no longer recognized, “Rules Of The Road” that all motorists used to know and abide by “back in the day.”

In the heart of every Biker burns a fire stoked by their desire for and expression of their personal freedoms. For “Patch Holders” of established MCs, it is not a wildfire that is left to burn out of control, this fire is contained with a ring of respect. Respect for their patch/club, respect for other patches/clubs and perhaps most importantly, respect for themselves. Freedom expressed without respect can be a dangerous thing. Respect is not easily attained and it is always earned, not given or even taken.

“Patch Holders” of well known, established MCs have, by the very fact that they are wearing a “Full Patch,” EARNED a measure of respect from the other members of the MC Community. That respect is, in a sense, automatically bestowed upon the patch holder because of the community’s belief in and the history of the known, established and respected club that “patched out” that particular member. Without the foreknowledge of and respect for the club issuing the patch, the patch holder would have earned no respect within the MC community.

When you decide to exercise your personal freedoms by starting up a club because you just “want to do things your way” or you “can’t seem to find a club that you can commit yourself to because of this or that” or whatever your particular reason for starting up your own club may be… This situation is known as a “Pop Up Club.” While starting up a new club, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad idea… Doing it the wrong way, the disrespectful way, is ALWAYS A BAD IDEA.

Most “Pop Up Clubs” are started by founding members that have very limited experience with the MC world and the inner workings of it, or it’s unwritten “Code of Respect” that MCs are expected to govern themselves and their members by. This is usually because they either didn’t want to have to go through the “prospect” period required by all legitimate MCs or they unknowingly believe “it’s just that easy” to design and sew on a cool looking patch and viola… they are an MC.

In very few cases have “Pop Up Clubs” been formed with the knowledge that their actions were disrespectful to each and every patch holder of every MC, that had to earn that full patch through a prospecting period. But much like the laws of the land state… ignorance is no excuse. To simply put a “Cut” on and call yourself a full patched member of an MC without having EARNED that right, having prospected and proven that you understand the way the MC Community works and that you understand “Protocol” and respect… is so insulting that you might as well have spit on and slapped the face of every member of every MC in your community. This is NOT an exaggeration by any means.

How would a pop up club’s sewing on of some patches, assigning some officers and calling themselves an MC be any different than any other group of untrained people joining a particular subset of society and believing themselves to be automatically equal? Would you consider putting on a uniform and calling yourself a US Marine without having gone through basic training? Would you put on a smock and begin to practice medicine without having gone through med school? How likely are you to throw on a helmet and a turnout coat then run into a burning building to fight a raging fire without having completed the “probie” portion of the fire academy? Would it not be considered an insult for you to call yourself a journeyman carpenter without having completed your apprenticeship?

The first thing that patch holders of respected MCs ask when they see a Pop Up Club is “why didn’t you just join an established MC?” Of course there are about as many viable answers to that question as there are ideas of the perfect motorcycle, but it is a valid question none the less. Yes, you have the right to disagree with the basic philosophy of each and every established MC in your community and can thereby feel compelled to start up your own version, one that will “do it the right way” or whatever you think you’ve figured out better than everyone else. But there is a right way and a wrong way to do so.

It has been my experience that most Pop Up Clubs do it the wrong way, the disrespectful way. If you start up a club and right from the beginning put on what is known as an “MC Cube” and / or separate your patch into a “3 piece patch” (with top rocker, center patch and bottom rocker not connected to each other) YOU HAVE DONE IT THE WRONG WAY, THE DISRESPECTFUL WAY!

If you “fly that patch” in front of the wrong people you may very well have yourself in more trouble than you ever expected your well intended expression of your personal freedom to have gotten you into. If you disrespect certain members of the MC world you will very strongly regret having done so, whether you knew that’s what you were doing or not. KNOW THE COMMUNITY YOU ARE TRYING TO JOIN AND EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE THINGS YOU ARE EXPECTED TO DO, THE THINGS YOU ARE EXPECTED NOT TO DO AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF DOING THEM ANYWAY.

If you are still interested in starting up a new club rather than joining an already established one, respected by the MC Community, then here are some things that will help you do it the right way. DO NOT CALL YOURSELF AN “MC”… PERIOD! You have not EARNED the right to call yourself an MC nor have you or your founding members EARNED the right to call yourselves PATCH HOLDERS. PERIOD! Start your organization as a (SC) “Social Club” or a (RC) “Riding Club” or a (MSC) “Motorcycle Social Club.” Set your “Club” up much like an MC with rules / regulations / bylaws and all the rest of the organizational portion of the start up but DO NOT call it an MC. Show up to and introduce yourselves at local COC (Confederation Of Clubs) and similar meetings. Recruit new members through a proper prospecting period. Attend as many of the local MC events around your community as you can, showing support, getting yourself out there and noticed. Just make sure that what the community is noticing is your members acting appropriately (respectful) because believe it… YOU ARE BEING WATCHED and everything your members do is noticed.

It is during this initial period of your club, called something other than an MC, that you are actually “prospecting” your club to the MC community. There really is no getting around the prospect period. Since you felt you didn’t want to prospect for an existing club, your whole organization must now go through, for all intents and purposes, a prospecting period. There is no set time limit for your organization’s prospecting period, anymore than there is a standard amount of time for every individual MC’s prospects. That time is up to the individual or, in this case, club. How long does it take to earn respect? How long does it take to prove that you understand the way things are to work (Protocol)? It varies. But know this for certain… THERE IS NO ACCEPTANCE WITHOUT EARNING RESPECT.

Think about it. You are starting up a club, that one would assume will be heavily involved in the local MC Community… Why wouldn’t you want to have their acceptance and respect? This community isn’t for everyone. It has certain expectations that MUST be met. Do it the wrong way and… well… There’s just no telling what you might find out there on the road. Do it the right way and you might just be welcomed into OUR community. The choice is yours.

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About infidelbrotherhood

As citizens and highwaymen of this great and free nation, we feel our brothers on iron are the most patriotic countrymen. We are the last frontiersmen in the west. We are blue collar, red white and blue Americans. We will not conform with a weak government who is trying to sell us out to the highest bidder. We will not accept those who are attempting to to convert us to some evil cult that is intolerant, abusive or pushing their demented lifestyles on us in the name of their god. We enjoy our freedoms and will keep them at ANY cost. Our government must not negotiate with terrorists, they must kill them. They must extract information from them at any cost. In our opinion, water-boarding is foreplay. We support our troops and any MC that dedicates themselves to our fighting brave American troops. We are not a one percenter MC, we are a motorcycle social club. However, we are structuring in an organized manner with respect to all MC's. We are proud of the red white and blue. We do not and will never claim any territory. We are not a hate group, we are patriots who believe in freedom and want our children and grandchildren to enjoy the liberties our forefathers fought and died for. We are grateful to our servicemen and women who are far from home defending our freedoms from ideologies that are counterproductive and threaten America. We are located in the beautiful sunny San Diego paradise. We understand that not everyone will agree with our views, and that's the good part. How fantastic it is to be in the greatest nation of all where we can agree to disagree. As bikers, we enjoy the freedom of the road and the friends we make. We are a brotherhood and our bond is strong. We are not a clean and sober club but some of our members do not drink. We respect this and will not hinder their recovery. Our members are prohibited from using illegal chemical drugs. (The following is a disclaimer to satisfy law enforcement): We do ride hard but of course we would never promote the disobedience of the posted speed limit, use any helmet that is not DOT rated, ride loud and obnoxious motorcycles that do not meet California EPA standards or piss on the side of the road. We are benevolent and do the best we can to put pole dancers through college one dollar bill at a time. FRATER PRO VITA -- IFFI
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27 Responses to So… You Wanna Be An “MC”

  1. Nicetee says:

    Love it this enlightened me on a lot of things…… The bay area set needs to really read this.

    • de la soul says:

      im in Wash,DC. we hav 1% clubs that are established in other places and now they are in DC, they are tryna 2 regulate and takeover the m/c community here. telling clubs how 2 wear patches and in sum cases snatching patches off bikers.even though they r established in other places they are considered a new club here any advice?

      • de la soul,

        I’d advise going straight to the 1%rs Club house and state your case. You’ll find more justice and respect there than any where else just for showing up. Be respectful, answer questions that are related. Good luck.

  2. This article was excellent it is what I have tried to explain to my in-laws when i was trying to tell them about me joining a motorcycle ministry.They say why go through all this trouble recruiting people for a new chapter to build up a motorcycle ministry that belongs to someone else when you can have your own. I told them it is not as easy as designing colors to sew on and call yourself a motorcycle ministry , club or what ever I said there are more steps in creating your own than finding an organization in which you feel comfortable with and joining them. Not to bring religion into this but think about this, When Jesus was prospecting the origonal 12 disciples he didn’t just pick anybody he picked quality men and no one just came up to anyone and said I am a disciple because it would have been false and certainly disrespectful and also discredit that person and his family and i would like to think it is the same way with motorcycle clubs today.

  3. Marc says:

    This isn’t little league, you just don’t show up and everyone gets a trophy. Very well written, protocols get over looked and by passed all the time for the sheer reason that none wants to do the ground work or feels intimidated to approach the big boys in the block (whoever that may be due to demographic) and respectfully request permission to set up shop. In most cases they are going to be surprised at the response they receive and the respect they get just from asking. I had a nice “3 piece” made up by children when I returned from deployment, nothing screamed MC on it, but due to my location in an MC heavy community, I made the rounds with vest in hand (I will not call it a cut, because it does not represent a club I ride for) just to say hey I’m back in the area and I’ll be wearing this, no objections and plenty of offers of to ride, whats better than that. You will find that most out there in the MC community are approachable, decent folks. It’s our lifestyle, there is a history behind it, that is part of what makes it great, the fact that people just don’t go running into every leather shop they come across and make their own stuff up. I appreciate the group of guys that get together on the weekends and ride together, but bikers they are not, a club they are not, some are smart enough, some are not. There are a group of individuals in NJ riding as the Sons of Anarchy MC New Jersey, first of all this is wrong by not being original, second by risking an a$$ kicking by wearing a make believe MC’s cut and acting like an MC. Third, by being LE and calling LE when approached, sorry, badges don’t apply in this world, MC rules apply…By all means I appreciate what you do to keep us safe, but enter the MC world and its MC rules, you can’t play both sides of the coin.

  4. noname says:

    This is the worst article i have ever read. The united states of america is a free country. The CoC is ran by the 1%er’s, so why would I (a law abiding american) care what a bunch of no good hoodlums want or say. Also your statements about the LEMC’s are incorrect, 1%er’s will not do or say anything to these MC’s cause they would get locked up faster than you can blink your eyes. From what you said in this article it sounds alot like communism not freedom and having someone tell you what to wear and when you can wear thats not respect thats called you being a 1%ers little puppet ass bitch. That is all.

    • reality says:

      Noname, you are a gutless cunt bitch that would never speak to a 1%er in person the way you speak as a keyboard coward, and the way you defend lemc makes me believe you are a cop. You know nothing about respect and believe that a badge protects you because you are too afraid to stand up for yourself, yet you want to wear a 3 piece patch, give me a break retard.

    • jason says:

      fuk u asshole!!! u hav no idea so go crawl bak in bed behind ure 300 pd toothless fat ass mother and shut ure cocksuker

  5. Noname they got a special patch for when they’re done with you and those like you.

  6. Eric says:

    I run a Garage and want to get a back patch of my logo for my vest, with the company name as the top rocker, no bottom rocker. Should this be something I take to local MCs to get “approval”? I wouldn’t think so, considering it’s a logo and “MC” isn’t anywhere on the vest and it’s not a Club at all. However, I may sell the logo patches at a later date and don’t want to offend anyone.

    It would look like this:

    Stimpy
    Motorsports
    LOGO
    (“Stimpy” centered over “Motorsports”, both top rockers, with the logo underneath) Logo is a V-twin in background with Skull and Crossed wrenches in foreground

  7. Dave says:

    Eric, it probably wouldn’t hurt to just swing by and chat up your dominant in the area. Its a sign of respect and wouldn’t hurt. Chances are you are going to meet some good people and have a great time. I moved South and was patched with a prominent F/Fs club. I paid respect and was allowed to fly the patch, but they do things different here. After a while I was asked if I wanted to hang around & prospect with a great group of guys here. I chose to do so, and when and if I get patched in my cut will be returned to my former brothers. Its all about L&R… And NONAME…try saying that to the wrong people….Don’t be a moron. A vast majority of the guys are vets and espouse freedom, and just like in your world there has to be regs to have freedom. Put down the Sons on A&E and learn what true brotherhood and earning it really are. But yes Eric out of courtesy I would just mention your plan, they will not bite you.

    • Eric says:

      Thanks for your reply, Dave. I’ll make sure to take your advice when we move forward with our logo plans. It sounds very promising. Thanks again!

  8. Charlie don't surf says:

    Too linked with 1%. Close to a bitch club. Sorry. No joy

  9. soldierfromcali1 says:

    Before I go into my feelings on the subject I’ll say a little about myself. I have 8yrs active duty in the army and counting. I’ve spent over 3yrs of that in a combat zone. I grew up riding motorcycles and have been around mc’s all my life. I used to be in a club (not a 1%er club). I was kicked out for…………. idk being to much of a rowdy drunk i guess. Anyways this club I was in started about 9yrs ago. They didnt ask permision from anyone. In the begining there were issues and threats but nothing serious. Now 9 yrs later they are the second largest in the world and are free to do what they want. They dont go looking for trouble but they dont back down from it either. I once saw a chapter president of a well known club that has the same colors as they do, show up to one of their functions with some of his brothers, take a swing at someone and get his ass kicked. Stomped real bad. We thought for sure there would be some kind of serious aftermath but just the opposite happened. There has been no issues between the to clubs in that town since.
    All I am saying is be respectful but dont let ppl tell you what to do. DONT START NO SHIT WONT BE NO SHIT.

  10. skippy says:

    could somebody please tell me what I.F.F.I. stands for? I found a vintage t-shirt with IFFI on the front and Independent MC on the back, and believe it has to do with motorcycles but can’t find anything concrete online. Thank you so much in advance! – Skippy

  11. patch hloder says:

    As a 13 combat vet that has road all his life also agrees that freedom should be respected. Why the f&ck did we go fight for our country for then? I ride in a real MC three piece patch club, we have ever ask permission to start up any where and we are EVERYWHERE! All these stupid arse rules everyone talks about dint excist in the 50 or 60′s. Only in the late 70 and 80 did these un written rules come I to play. There for pulling away from old school protocols. So as times change so must the acceptance of MC world. Its going to happen and in fact is happening. Nobody is afraid of the big bad 1% wolf anymore. Live and let ride.

    • Brent Grubbs says:

      You hit it on the head. The MC world became like street gangs during the 1970s and 1980s. Times be a changin’ fast though.

  12. mike says:

    Great piece
    Well written and very informative and I now have a greater appreciation for all those members who wear their colors proudly I was very ignorant to what it takes to form a mc and there is a ladder of progression and I can respect that.

    • Weasel says:

      Nice article. As for all this crap about getting permission for forming MC’d and about wearing rags/cuts. First off cuts are MC earned uniforms, and the dominants did their time, and shed their blood to wear them. You wouldn’t go out and buy a military, police, or fireman’s uniform and call yourself such. Treat our cuts the same please. Second respect is of the utmost importance in the MC community, how can you expect us to respect you, if you don’t show us respect. Just ask, and save yourself the trouble. Or better yet join a respected MC. They are not all criminals and murderers, on the contrary. Most are very respected, just don’t disrespect us, we won’t back down.

  13. brennan lee says:

    if you wont to start a bike club then how dom you earn the mc patch

  14. Brent Grubbs says:

    All you gay little MC’s and your little rules. Nothing to do with bikes or the road, Just a bunch of addicts and drunks, looking for an excuse for your lifestyle. Don’t compare your uniform to that of the military or the first responders, it is an insult to those that have given so much to our country. Most 3 piece wearers have a tendency to skirt outside the law, so don’t call yourself upstanding either. Next, you talk of shedding blood….for what???!!! You start shit with other MC’s and the result is bloodshed. How does that make you any different than some street gang in the inner cities of the U.S? One by one, you land in jail or prison, while you claim to be so righteous.

    • Weasel says:

      First off sir, I have personally served in the military, law enforcement, and as a fire fighter.
      Second the majority of MC’s are made up of veterans, and most are respectable. You can’t compare all of them to the Outlaws or HA.
      Third I take offense to you referring to all of us as gay.

  15. Oddball says:

    what about Iron Order? They call themselves an MC and now are in ALL 50 states and Internationally. They did not follow any protocol but the ones from the 50 and 60′s

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