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The Cut

Decontructing the vest of an outlaw motorcycle club.

The vest worn by a member of a motorcycle club (or “MC”) is often referred to as their “cut.” The term dates to the early part of the 20th century, when club members would literally cut the sleeves off of their jackets, making it easier to transfer patches between outfits. These vests are generally leather or denim. The patches cannot be bought, but are earned through service to the MC. A cut is often a member’s single most important possession, overshadowing even their motorcycle.

This transparency flipbook constructs, patch by patch, an outlaw MC vest and explains the significance and meaning of each patch.