So earlier today I was cruising the boob tube and saw that Jesse had a show "On Demand". It was the "Jesse James Presents" whatever it was, and it was like twenty fucking bucks?!?! Seriously?? I was pretty bummed because there's no fucking way I'd pay $20 to watch 60 minutes of tv....
it's because he wants to be on t.v.
he wants to be famous and he wants you to like him..
he has become just like all the other "reality" stars.
he goes on as many shows as will let him and he makes dumb videos and
"on demand" shows so he will stay in the public eye..
Apparently they are working on a show or series right now here in Austin at the world famous Austin Speed Shop, which Jesse owns, or at least used to own, not sure which. ASS (can't help but think that they did that on purpose) builds some of the smoothest hotrods around, so this could be cool. I'm thinking that it may be along the lines of "American Chopper" but without all of those Teutels, and with Jesse and the ASS crew instead.
J James actually creates some bad ass rides. The whole WCC thing went a little far, I think. But shit, if someone wanted to pay me to make videos of how to fix/build stuff I would be all over it. I an take a leap of faith stating that, a vast majority of us would jump at the same opportunity.
I personally think the dude is a douche bag. But, my personal opinion aside, the guy knows how to slap a bike together.
Nice to see that he's gotten away from the 300 rear tires, and is back to making bikes that he likes to make.
Wouldn't we all like to quit our day jobs and do nothing but make money doing something bike related? From time to time, I will take on small bike jobs for some dudes that I know. Brakes, tires, bar swaps, you know, all the basic shit that some riders dont wanna do.
I'm never any happier than when I'm working on a bike. Whether it's mine, my bro's, or just some dudes. It's even better when I get paid.
Jesse is a very talented guy. I've always enjoyed watching him (except for the last Build Off). He need to grow up and stop sounding like a 10 year old. The bike he built in the build-off was for him but had some major mistakes. Who in their right mind would build something where you couldn't see over the front-end. From a Craftsman standpoint, he is the better builder but you have to "play to the crowd" (instead of yourself) and that's why Junior won. (I won't touch Senior.)
I applied for Monster Garage but never heard anything. They asked your personality type in the application (that's probably one of the reasons mine hit the round file). In the builders in Jesse's class Indian Larry was my pick. (And I don't think he was the fabricator Jesse is.)
$100 bucks says you would never ever ever say that to his face.
or even in the same room as him.
I dont think he has "gone Hollywood". I think he now knows if he needs to make some money, he can call Discovery Channel and they will make a show with him. That shit about him being "hollywood tough" is a straight load of shit. He worked as a goon/security for BIG rock names WAY before he made a fuckin tv show. And I have heard tell of him doing more underground types of work for some nefarious characters too.
hes probably the reason half of us 'Hipsters are on the CC......just sayin
I can admit he was an influence on me. It was 96 or 97 when I first saw one of his bikes and it was the most bad ass scooter I had ever seen. Love him or hate him he is talented and can build a mean bike and I think that what you see is what you get with him.
I've found the El Jeffe vids to be great....while not quite as focused on the how to aspects as J.J's earlier Metal Church vids they're well filmed & full of valuable building info. Part doco, part How To & unless you have a real hatred of the guy I couldn't see why any gearhead/grease monkey/D.I.Y type wouldn't get a kick out'a watching them. When he's focused on the building & fabricating I find he's a whole different being to the playin' it up for T.V guy. Personally I wish more builders would get the chance to do vids like this....a Paul Cox series would be gold.
OK, so I just got done watching 3 episodes of this. My buddy Larry (Ride2XS on here) picked them up a Walmart in the $5 bin. They were JJ Presents Austin Speed Shop, JJ Presents A.S.S. Bomber Seats and JJ Presents A.S.S. Fenders.
I have to say , if you dig watching people build shit with their hands, like me, you'll really dig them and WELL worth the $5/each for them. I refuse to pay $20 for a fucking On Demand Movie.
Anyhow, just wanted to throw that up there. If you're interested in checking these out, hit up Wally World and the $5 DVD bin!!!