Patches (aka colors, flashes) are used on the front of an MC member's Jacket, to show some sort of status, location or rank.
It's important to note that, as Kurt Sutter stated on the director's commentary for Season 2, many clubs will not divulge the real meanings of their patches. As such, much of the meaning of these patches is speculation, and is very difficult to accurately verify.
Known SAMCRO Patches
Indicates that this person is the President of a charter, generally being the leader of a charter.
Only owned by the first 9 founding members of the Sons of Anarchy.
Indicates that this person is the Vice President of a charter.
Indicates that he is responsible for discipline within the chapter's jurisdiction.
He is also the last line of defense between danger and the President. He should be at his Presidents side 99.9% of the time.
Worn by the secretary of the chapter. Is in charge of club information and books.
Organizes routes for clubs to take when out on a ride, ensures safety for club members on the road and is responsible for club Discipline. No road captain in SAMCRO.
Men of Mayhem
The Men of Mayhem patch is given to a member who has shed blood in the interests of the club. A reference to the SOA term "Mister Mayhem" (Death).
Charter name of the mother club
Worn by members of the Charming Chapter. Worn on the Right by the belt
Sons Of Anarchy
Identifies club membership
The patch is worn by those who are willing to sacrifice loyalty to individual club members for the overall good of the club. Worn by Clay, Happy, Kozik, West, Seamus Ryan (SAMBEL) and Benny (SAMTAZ). Also on the bottom left side of Clay's Vest. (Given to longstanding members, those who will "fight to the last breath" or die SoA.) Another school of thought regarding this patch is that it is given to a member who kills another member on behalf of the club.
Someone hopeful for club membership, who rides with the club during a probationary period. A unanimous club vote must be cast by the membership for full initiation.
(A "hang around" is the first of various levels of membership in an MC club) A hang around is described as friendly to the organization but is not an actual member yet. They typically go to parties, buy the t-shirts and try to make contacts within the organization to help boost their membership level. Hang Arounds also ride with the group whenever there is a ride but otherwise they don't get involved in the organization
Known Mayans PatchesEdit
This patch shows membership of the Mayans
Los Asesinos de DiosEdit
Meaning "God's Assassins" in Spanish, this patch is presumed to be the equivalent of the SOA Men Of Mayhem patch, showing that the member has spilled blood for the club.
Meaning "The Faithful Ones".
faithful, loyal, true; religious; accurate; dependable