[Cleveland, OH]: [ca. 1980s]. Four fabric patches: one approx. 4" sewn logo design; three approx. 8" x 3" red fabric nameplates with black sewn lettering: "X-Rated," "Miss Giggles," and "Big Sexy." Patches appear removed from previous jacket mountings. Overall each clean, about very good. Item #23284
Four assorted patches from the 'O'Mens, an African-American Motocycle Club of Cleveland, Ohio. Founded around 1978 by friends Rodney Davenport and Milton Finley (a.k.a. PD, short for "Pimp or Die"). From a December 24, 2003 article (by a Jimi Izrael) on the Club which appeared in the regional magazine, CELVELAND SCENE:
"From two people, the club quickly grew to close to 200. Neighbors in the Kinsman-Buckeye area gave the Omens wide birth. At times, members used fisticuffs to keep the peace. 'That's a lot of where we got our rep from,' says PD. 'We were just a no-nonsense club. Don't start none, won't be none.' But, naturally, the kids thought they were the coolest, and that's when the Omens started to reach out. [...] As club members aged and matured, the priorities changed. The Omens became parents and property owners, and began to realize that they had an interest in keeping the neighborhood safe. So they started serving as a de facto crime-watch team and held food-and-clothing drives when houses burned down. What started out as a group of drunken knuckleheads was turning into a posse of public benefactors."