How it all started"By wearing the one percenter patch, they're acknowledging they have a criminal connection
- Police Inspector BuddWRONG
The 1% tag relates to an indecent that happened in America in 1947. There were some hi-jinks at a motorcycle rally in Hollister. It was pretty mild; a few people got drunk and rowdy. The media afterward staged photos to publish with sensationalized story. In response, the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) issued a statement that said 99% of motorcyclist were good upstanding citizens and the others, the troublemakers, would be barred from membership in the association.
Some motorcyclist jokingly stated that they were in the other 1% and went off to start their own clubs. Therefore, the 1% symbol means only that they identify themselves as the rowdy bikers who the AMA outlawed from AMA membership. There is no connection between the 1% tag and organized crime. Some clubs wear the AMA patch upside down in protest of being forced by the 1%er's