One of the most common questions people have when they see a biker wearing Colors is “What do the pictures and symbols or objects in the Colors mean?” Most people, who have not been closely associated with the biker lifestyle, are too intimidated to ask. It is mandatory that all members understand and know what the Colors and other items on the vest mean.
Los Carnales Colors are red on a black circular background. The most prominent element in the design is the large cross in the center patch. The cross is meant to represent here what it did in pre-Christian times: a system of values, a symbol of justice, and an instrument of retribution for those who transgressed the law. In those times, death by crucifixion was a common means of capital punishment. The cross on the Colors is shown to be lying down to represent our willingness to suffer any pain and to make the ultimate sacrifice by laying our own lives down for each other in our commitment to our service and our cause, which for us is the Nation and the Brotherhood. The cross being displayed on the Colors does not mean that the LCLF Nation is a religiously affiliated club. However, its presence on the Colors does signify a spiritual connection to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, which forms our loyalty to each other and a basis for our high moral values.
The crossed swords with pistols and a bandoleer represent the tools of the trade for lawmen, throughout both ancient and modern times. The chalice, or cup of blood, forever memorializes those brothers who have spilled their own blood and those who have made that ultimate sacrifice. It will forever represent that bond of blood (Bound By Blood) that all Los Carnales brothers share with each other.
The color black represents power, strength & the Familia mystique. The color red represents, the blood of our brothers. The initials “FOTB ”, means “Friends of the Brotherhood.” The top rocker contains the name of our club, “La Familia”, which stands for “The Family”. The small MC patch to the right of the center patch stands for “Motorcycle Club”, and it is what we are, our lifestyle. The bottom rocker contains the name of the Chapter that we are affiliated with.
The center patch contains many emblems. The most prominent is the cross, which is meant to symbolize here what it did in pre-Christian times; a system of values, of justice, and an instrument of retribution for those who transgressed the law. The cross on the Colors is shown to be lying down. This represents our willingness to suffer any pain, to make the ultimate sacrifice, by laying our own lives down for each other in our commitment to the Nation and the Brotherhood. Though the cross does not mean that we are affiliated with any specific religion; it does signify our spiritual connection to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, and forms our loyalty to each other and a basis for our high moral values. The bandoleer and swords represent the tools of the trade for the brotherhood of Los Carnales “Peace Officers”.
An ancient glove, called a gauntlet, is shown to have been thrown down, signifying both our readiness and willingness to defend the Nation and its honor. The gauntlet lies upward, and open handed, reflecting our commitment to never raise a hand against a brother. La Familia is one with the Los Carnales.
The chalice, with the shielded F, is shown to hold our most precious blood and memorializes those brothers who have spilled their own blood and those brothers who have made that ultimate sacrifice. It will forever represent that we are a brotherhood that is “Bound By Blood”.