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Jesse James

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At first glance, Jesse James is the consummate biker rebel. Tattoos, knives, goatee, black t-shirts and skulls all around him and his world help create that image. That image, in turn, reflects a mere fraction of the man that is West Coast Choppers. The rest of his life reflects his passion as an artist, his love for his children, and the success that naturally flows from a love of custom motorcycles, hard work and a job done well.Originally from Long Beach, California, Jesse grew up around his father's antiques business. His dad's small shop was quartered in a shared warehouse with a large after market parts manufacturer for Harley-Davidson's and sport bikes. Those childhood influences set the stage for his path in life.Jesse got his first mini-bike at age 7, and, with that thrill, his passion for two-wheeled machines was kindled. He made his first crude motorcycle exhaust system during his freshman year of high school in his mother's garage. His perfectionist attitude, however, prevented him from keeping it; he threw it away before anyone saw it.He played college football, but a knee injury ended his athletic career early. The injury forced him to find a new job that would allow him to establish himself. He trained intensely to become a bodyguard and worked for years protecting such notable bands as Soundgarden, Danzig and Slayer, touring the world with them. During this period of his life, he met his former wife, with whom he has two children: 5-year-old (as of Feb. 2003) son, Jesse Jr., and 7-year-old daughter, Chandler. Another career-threatening injury, on the job at a concert, forced him to again reevaluate his professional life. It was then he decided to make a career out of his number one passion: custom motorcycles. Learning his trade from legendary custom hot rodder Boyd Coddington, Jesse immersed himself in the world of hand-crafting bikes.West Coast Choppers was born in the early 1990s, and quickly established its, and his, reputation as a celebrity motorcycle manufacturing facility. He started the shop in a small dusty corner in a friend's garage, with no loan, no partners, and only a glimmer of the future. Slowly, painstakingly, and with great sacrifice, Jesse built his future empire, and continues to build his bikes the same way. By hand, from the ground up. West Coast Choppers now employs over 50 people, and builds bikes ranging from $50,000-$150,000, for such clients as Shaquille O'Neal and Kid Rock. In 2002, Monster Garage debuted on The Discovery Channel, bringing Jesse squarely to the forefront of reality television. With him as the host and team leader of the show that features custom hot-rodding at its absolute most bizarre, Jesse's West Coast Choppers has become an integral part of the program, as the Monster Garage team often utilizes Jesse's shop and machinery to help them meet the challenges of the weekly show. Conveniently, the warehouse that serves as Monster Garage's set is located mere blocks from West Coast Choppers' Long Beach location.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Jesse James' Ex-Wife -- ARRESTED in Texas

Jesse James' Ex-Wife
Arrested FOR HARASSMENT

Jesse James' ex Janine Lindemulder was just arrested at her home in Texas  -- two days after a judge awarded him full custody of their daughter ... TMZ has learned.Law enforcement sources… READ MORE >

Kat Von D to 'Good Day': I WARNED You!!

Kat Von D Blasts TV Show:
"I WARNED YOU!"

Kat Von D says she had a DAMN good reason for walking off "Good Day L.A." this morning -- telling TMZ, she made one reasonable request ... and producers repeatedly BLEW HER OFF.Kat tells us, she… READ MORE >

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Kat Von D STORMS OUT of 'Good Day L.A'

KAT VON D
STORMS OUT OF "GOOD DAY LA"

Kat Von D walked off the set of "Good Day L.A." this morning ... minutes before she was set to give an interview -- and we're told, it was all because the anchor mentioned her breakup with Jesse… READ MORE >

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Jesse James Awarded Sole Custody of Daughter

Jesse James Awarded Sole Custody of Daughter

Jesse James has emerged victorious in a nasty custody fight with his ex-wife -- the West Coast Choppers mogul was awarded sole custody of their 7-year-old daughter Sunny this week.Jesse and his… READ MORE >

- 1770 days ago
Jesse James' Dog Attack -- The 911 Call

Jesse James' Dog Attack -- The 911 Call

Moments after Jesse James' pit bull brutally attacked another dog -- a witness called 911 and told the dispatcher a "pile of dogs" were fighting ... and their owners were frantically "beating" on… READ MORE >

- 1813 days ago
Anti-Pitbull Activist -- Jesse James' Dog Should Die

Anti-Pitbull Activist -- Jesse James' Dog Should Die

One of Texas' most outspoken anti-pitbull advocates is lashing out at Jesse James' dog -- after it nearly killed another pooch last weekend -- telling TMZ, Jesse's pit "should be put down without… READ MORE >

- 1817 days ago
Jesse James Pays Up After Bloody Dog Attack

Jesse James Pays Up After Bloody Dog Attack

A pitbull belonging to Jesse James escaped from the reality star's Texas bike shop this weekend andattacked another dog being walked in the area -- nearly killing the innocent animal ... TMZ has… READ MORE >

- 1819 days ago
Jesse James: I Can't Worry About Sandra Anymore...

Jesse James: I Can't Worry About Sandra Anymore...

Jesse James says he's MOVED ON from his life with his ex-wife Sandra Bullock ... claiming, "I can't worry about her anymore."In an interview airing tonight on "Nightline," James says he hasn't… READ MORE >

- 1854 days ago
Jesse James' Ex Bails Out of Jail

Jesse James' Ex Bails Out of Jail

Janine Lindemulder, ex-wife of Jesse James, has posted bail and been released from jail in Austin, TX ... TMZ has learned. As TMZ first reported, Janine was busted yesterday on three outstanding… READ MORE >

- 1948 days ago
Jesse James' Ex Arrested for Harassment

Jesse James' Ex Arrested for Harassment

Jesse James' ex-wife Janine Lindemulder was arrested just outside Austin, TX this morning on a warrant for harassing Jesse in a series of "abusive" phone messages ... TMZ has learned. Janine was… READ MORE >

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