Monday, April 29, 2013

Yaniv Evans-Powerplant Choppers-Shop Truck

Got some photos of Yaniv's shop truck as well. 

Behind the Scenes

Photos from behind the scenes at Powerplant Choppers a few weeks back with Yaniv Evans.  Photos courtesy of John Sender.

Joyrides Art Co Represented in Romania

I never would have thought when I started out that I would have Joyrides Art Co T-shirts represented out in Romania.  The Romanian model, George Mutu, sent these in to me. Thanks George. Check out his dwrenched blog.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Powerplant Shovelhead

Another shot from last week's photoshoot at Powerplant Choppers.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

dWrenched Blog

George of dWrenched over in Romania posted up a oldie but a goodie from a shoot I did a few years ago with Brandon Holstein of Brawny Built. Check out his blog.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Powerplant Choppers Panhead

Another photo from Saturdays shoot over at Power Plant Choppers.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Powerplant Choppers Photoshoot

Was down on Melrose today shooting with Yaniv Evans of Powerplant Choppers. Have a ton of photos to go through as we shot a few different bikes and his shop truck.  Check out his site here.
Thanks Yaniv and John for having at the shop.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kenny Brown and Handmade Wood Surfboard Fins

Made a quick drive down to Kenny Brown's wood shop in LA.  I was there to take photos of him making wood fins for a custom surfboard shaped by legendary South Bay Surfboard shaper, Hap Jacobs.  

Hap Jacobs

Dale Velzy

The final cut pieces ready for glue.

Kenny glueing the pieces together.

Kenny Brown with one of the finished fins.

Kenny Brown and V.P. of Body Glove, Billy Meistrell.

One of the finished fins.

Jig for cutting the diamond inset.

It was all about multiple pass and shaving a little off the edges to get the tight fit around the diamond cut piece in the pattern.  Going to Mangelli's in the South Bay to shoot photos of the board getting glassed. These boards are gonna look sweet when done.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Born Free 5 Builder Invite -Cycle Zombies

Born-Free 5 Invited Builder Series-The Cycle Zombies from Born-Free on Vimeo.
Big Scott.  It was great to finally meet you in person at the Hippy Killer show.  Can't wait to see the finished product!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


JAC: Who are the people who helped you learn or have been an influence in your career?

Aki: A lot of people.  Not just one person. Jesse is one of them.  He taught me what to do and not to do. I’m not sure if he was a big influence though.  At certain age’s I’ve always had someone to look up to.  He was one of them at the time.  I should say the people who worked at West Coast.  They taught me a lot of stuff.  All of the people I met when I was at West Coast are where I learned a lot of skills and of course Jesse too.  There are a lot of no name people that nobody knows that I look up to.

JAC: When did you start Hog Killers?

Aki: I started Hog Killers in the 2009.  Right after I quit West Coast on Dec 25th.  I started my shop on January 1st.  I already lived in my shop and worked on my own stuff back then.  I would do side jobs here and there. Mainly I had the shop because I had a Lincoln and other projects.  No landlord would like me working in their garages.  They kicked my out in Long Beach so I moved here.  It wasn’t my initial plan to have a shop here, but it was the only place I could live and work on my stuff.

A lot of my work comes through word of mouth.  I’m trying to take my bikes to more shows to get exposure.  Hopefully the economy catches up and people start spending more money.  I’m just trying to survive.  I’m doing ok though.  I do full customs, servicing and sell parts.  I have to work on my website though so I can start selling online.

JAC: Is there a favorite part of the bike building process you enjoy more than others?

Aki: I like everything.  I like doing electrical.  People can’t do wiring well and I know I can do it well.  I like to hide everything in tubing and try to keep everything clean.  I like working on the details. Like clips to hold the wiring, I never use zip ties. That’s one thing I learned from Jesse.  He never uses zip ties.

JAC: What are some of the projects you got going on now in your shop?

Aki:  I got a Goose Neck that I’m working on.  The ULH, 60’ Panhead, 76’ Shovelhead and an 84’ Shovelhead.  I’m trying to get them done for the Born Free 5 show.  Hopefully I can get the Goose Neck done soon so I can have Sonny (Boy) paint it.

 Go to to check out more of Aki’s work and parts he has to offer.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


JAC: What got you into working and building motorcycles?

Aki: I eventually got my first Harley when I was 18 years old.  It wasn’t even in good condition.  I was going to this bike shop, but they were kind of jerking me around because I was young and it really made me upset.  So I said, “Fuck it! I’m going to learn it myself.”  So I quit going to the bike shop and I started tearing the motor apart and working on it.  That’s how it got me started because I was dealing with that shitty motorcycle shop.

I went on to Motorcycle Mechanic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona in 1998 and graduated in 1999.  I went back to Japan and worked for a dealership for like a year.

I have been working on bikes since I was about 16 years old.  Back then we were borrowing scooters so you needed to hot wire them.  That’s how we all learned to work on bikes too. 

I worked at car shops early on. I was working in the car industry till I was 18.  Paint shops and stuff like that.  Then I worked out of my garage before I got hired at West Coast Choppers.  That’s when I moved back to the U.S. in 2002.  I wanted to work for Jesse James of West Coast Choppers so back in Japan I finished two bikes and sold them to make money to get here.  I showed up at West Coast and applied.  Fuck it. I got lucky. 

Tune in tomorrow for part 3.