Today I wanted to showcase a cool biker patch that I personally love. It looks much better in person, the picture really does not do it justice. This biker patch is a version of the old “aces and eights dead mans hand” style.
In case you did not know what the story is behind this famous playing card hand and why it’s called dead mans hand, I’ll tell you. Legend has it that when old West folk hero, lawman and gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok was gunned down he was playing a game of poker. The hand he was holding when he was killed was a two-pair poker hand consisting of the black aces and black eights.
So that’s why this poker hand is called a dead mans hand. This patch has a cool playing card hand at the top that consist of the black aces and eights pairs with a bullet hole in one of the aces. Below in the center is a cowboy skull wearing a cowboy hat; I assume that is suppose to be Wild Bill Hickok.
Framing the skull is a pair of revolver six shooters with smoke raising from them. Then at the bottom is a old time banner with the words DEAD MAN’S HAND in red and black. The gun smoke and flourishes are a nice gold color while the cards, hair on the skull and guns are a cool silver and gray color.
It really looks great, much better than the pictures show. The large size is huge; 12 inches wide by 13.5 inches high. It really covers the back of your jacket or vest. The medium size is 5 inches by 5.25 inches high. It’s high quality and thick and can be sewn or ironed on.
So if you like a cowboy themed type of patch you’ll like this one. The aces and eights dead man’s hand biker patch is one of the best looking patches you can own, make sure you check it out!