Biker Cross

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A standard biker cross

The Iron Cross symbol has been occasionally used in American biker subculture since the mid-1960s. In the 1960s, the Iron Cross was also adopted by American surfers, who started wearing medals plundered by their fathers. Cal Look, Volksrod and other Volkswagen enthusiasts often use the Iron Cross as a symbol that reflects the car's country of origin. Schneider Cams, a speed equipment manufacturer, started using an Iron Cross as their logo in the early 1960s. Ed Roth created accessories for surfers, hot rodders and bikers derived from German World War II trophies, which included the Surfer's cross and the Stahlhelm (also popular with the VW scene).

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  • Rat Fink: The Art Of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Douglas Nason and Greg Escalante, Last Gasp Publishing also Time Magazine, April 22, 1966