Ape Hangers: High raising handlebars on a motorcycle. When riders dangle their arms over them, it gives an ape appearance.
Arm Band: A disciplinary measure to ‘brand’ the member as being closely controlled or scrutinized because of errant behavior. Some bands are made of leather with club initials burned into the leather but most are black, whatever material or design they have. Many times the arm band is accompanied by Prospect type duties and a fine.
Back Pack: Full club colors tattooed on members’ back. Outlaw clubs demand a specific amount of membership time before a back pack can be worn. If the member leaves the club in good standing, the date he left is added to the tattoo. If he leaves in bad standing, the entire tattoo is removed by various methods depending on the severity of the offence. Among removal methods is a complete ink-over; solid black ink-over tattoo to completely cover club color. They have also been cut off or burned off. These methods require hospitalization and sometimes the ex-member does not live through the experience.
Bounty: A price or prize offered to any club member who collects a rival club member’s colors, takes the life, beats up, or otherwise disciplines someone, but that usually isn’t necessary.
Cage/Cager: A cage is a truck, van, car- any mode of transportation that isn’t a motorcycle. A cager is the person behind the wheel of the cages.
Chopper: A motorcycle with all unnecessary equipment stripped or cut off. Only bare essentials are left on the bike. Usually the front brake and fender are removed, the wheel fork is extended forward and the handlebars set high.
Church: Club business meeting for full patch holders only, but prospects can be let in if approved by the president or vice president.
Colors Unique club patches that are worn on the rider’s vest. Colors are meant to be worn or ‘flown’ at all times when riding. Many clubs consider it greatly ‘dishonoring club colors’ to wear them when riding in a cage. There are many protocols concerning club colors that are very similar to American Flag protocols. In actuality, colors are the flag to the one percenters.
Cut: The designated leather vest each member or prospect is deemed to wear. Has specific patches sewn in depending on your ranking.
Hang Around: Someone that frequents places where motorcycle clubs routinely gather. They are there to party and get acquainted with club members. Some hang-arounds are offered membership and turn it down because while the hang-around enjoys friendships with members, he is not willing to commit his life to the club. Hang arounds are most frequently found down at the automotive shop- where the club house is located.
Hog: Harley Davidson motorcycle.
MC: Acronym for Motorcycle Club.
Nomad: Elite members of a motorcycle club that are voted in to the privilege of not being tied to any one chapter, therefore, relieved of daily mundane chapter responsibilities and paying chapter dues. They can attend meetings of any chapter that is convenient. They can also perform duties of an Enforcer and other privileged acts.
Old Lady: A woman with wife status to an MC member; whether legally married or not. This is a badge of honor, and most hang arounds or sweet butts know to respect the woman’s authority. Most clubs have one old lady, or Queen- that is superior to the rest.
One Percenter: 99% of motorcycle enthusiasts are law abiding citizens, the remaining 1% that consider themselves to be hardcore bikers; the one percent of society that doesn’t fit in and doesn’t want to fit in. They are untrusting of the ‘citizen’ lifestyle because everyone is only out for themselves but the biker covenant guarantees that their brothers will always be there for him, to back him up in whatever threatens him or his family.
Out Bad: Club members are allowed to ‘retire’ if they are in good standing. They retain their colors and can attend parties or functions. However, if a club member leaves a club on bad terms or has committed some kind of betrayal, he is kicked out of the club on bad terms. The term 'out bad is the short reference of such a situation. Most members who’re ‘out bad’ go into hiding- in fear of being killed.
Original: Original set of colors when a 1% is first voted in as a full member. Originals must never be laundered or cleaned. Any soil only reflects the many miles of hard road, hard parties, and bloody fighting it has seen. It shows the true sign of a veteran. When the originals get so worn they’re starting to fall apart, the originals are stored in a safe place, only brought out to be worn at funerals or other life-changing events.
Packing Double: Having a woman on the back of your bike.
Participate: To aid a fellow member in a fight whether he deserves the trouble he’s in or not. A member’s duty is to the patch – the patch cannot be disrespected or hit the floor without retaliation. If a patch holder acted improperly, club dirty laundry will be dealt with behind closed doors but in public, if one is cut, they all bleed. If you refuse to help a brother out in this situation, grave consequences are dished out.
Patch Over: This is similar to when a large business corporation buys out another company and they do business as a single unit. Same thing applies to MC’s. If a major MC has good relations with a smaller club and they decide the smaller club has some territory or business convenience - or the larger club just needs to grow its numbers and strength, they will absorb the smaller club who will then wear the patch of the dominate club and ‘retire’ their previous club patch.
Patch holder: A man that has been vetted through months or years of a prospect period and has earned a three piece patch. This patch can’t be bought, it must be earned.
Patched out/in: When a new outlaw member is approved for full membership, he is given his full 3 piece patch at a celebration. The term has morphed into 'Patched In’ which makes more sense because you are now IN the club.
Prospect: Club probationary member may go on runs but are not allowed to attend ‘church’ (club business meeting). He must perform any duty that a full patch holder requires of him without hesitation.
Rocker: Part of MC colors. Usually designates geographic location or territory.
Run: A club sanctioned outing for a day- whether it be doing illegal activities like transporting drugs or guns, or something more simplistic- like a club party.
Sit down: A meeting among motorcycle clubs and their business partners to discuss matters on territory, weapons, or drugs. These meetings can be anything business related, and locations differ depending on the parties involved.
Sweet butt: Club hoochie mama. Another name for a girl who hangs out with the club and is always available for sex.
Unholy Ones: A member who has killed in the name of the club- typically shown the honor by sporting a designated patch.