Born to Ride: The Skull Symbolism in Motorcycling

This is a question often asked - What is it with skulls and motorcyclists ??? And why do Motorcycle T-Shirts, Patches etc have Skulls on them??It's almost as if they are mocking death! On the contrary, most bikers use this symbol to ward off death. Of course, there are many theories as to how and why it came about to being popular among bikers.

During the 16th century, skulls depicted belonging to the underworld. This was soon adapted by outlaw motorcycle gangs as a symbol of courage to defy. Soon, men's motorcycle t-shirts, leather motorcycle jackets and leather biker vests were seen adorned with badges and patches of skulls to symbolise fearlessness and valour. There is also a theory that veterans of WWI and WWII started their own club of motorcycle enthusiasts known as "Hell's Angels" with skull as their trademark. A tradition they carried forward from their war days to represent hell being unleashed upon the enemy!

More significantly, a Skull denotes not gender, age, religion, or social status. It is a symbol of non-discrimination and reminds us of that we are all equal and united. By the same passion.

Needless to say, the skull has today become an iconic representation of bikers. With women also joining in, the skull took on many new looks. A skull with flowers being one of the popular icons. Women's biker t-shirts often read Lethal Angels or Angel on Wheels. You may say it signifies a biker's commitment to ride until death !

Often, motorcycle patches with the skull in particular colours depict national pride, some other passion, or simply commitment to a riding club. Check out our collection of Rider t-shirts online India and see for yourself the popularity of this symbol. Take a look at the best biker t- shirts from men's motorcycle t-shirts with skulls and dragons, to women's biker t-shirts with butterfly wings! Don't miss our assortment of biker back patches and the adorably cute skullTee. All said and done, the skull is here to stay! As an embodiment of motorcyclists and their courage to RIDE ON.......



  • Wicked Stock

    Many Efforts to explain the crucial information

  • Les Hill

    I appreciate this story so much in this time of Pandemic and of Inclusion!!!

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