And that's how I met Mike Watson.
It was like stepping into a time warp. Old school chopper artwork everywhere, and the dude behind the table obviously woke up every morning right after the ghost of David Mann drew him. Totally gave me the screaming warm and fuzzies just looking at all that shit. If I wore panties, they'd've been floor-pie for sure.
Yup, no freakin' way was I leaving without one of those bad boys. Souls are cheap, and dirtbag artisanal sculptures are just portable gateways to paradise anyways, so I start chatting the furry bastard up. Tell him how rad his bike and his artwork are and ask if he wants to swap some swag.
Little while later, he's the proud owner of one of our Real Mexican Saddle Roll Blankets with a Leather Carrying Harness and I'm squee-ing like an anime schoolgirl over my new objet d'motherfucking wonderful. Thing's had pride of place on my mantelpiece ever since.
Got to chatting with mister Mc Chopper again later of course, and it turns out we'd met his badass and beautiful girlfriend, now rockstar fiancée, Fatima the year before when we were neighbours at the original Om Boys Shitshow & Shine. Fatima's a pretty talented artist/pinstriper her own bad self too, by the bye. Chopper Dude turns out to be named Mike Watson, formerly of Carstairs Alberta. He also turns out to be a pretty righteous individual.
Once I decided to start up this series of indie and alternative interviews, Mike was obviously one of the first people I thought of. Guy lives breathes and poops this stuff, so it's time to help him shine a bit. Now enough of my rambling on, let's hear from the Dreamy tub of scruffy wonderful himself, Mike Watson everybody!
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At a young age I looked up to my uncle and all the bikes and choppers he had.
Soon as I got the chance to get my own bike it didn't take long to start making it my own.
Sexy Jesus !!!
* Editor's note: Well shit, thanks a lot Mike. I may just have to retire this question now. I mean how the hell is anyone supposed to top that answer? Well played you bastard!
What was the best thing to happen to you due to poor life choices?
Keg Killer. I love beer haha.
* Having been neighbours of Kegkiller Customs at a few shows and events now, we can solidly confirm Mike's steadfast and unconditional love for beer.
Got any heroes or role models?
My uncle who got me into choppers.
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What do you think you do and where do you do it?
I'm Working on getting a new shop space to get gearing back up to build some choppers. I also sling parts and our KKC merch & supplies!
What’s in your shop right now that you’re thinking about?
Just setting up our new space now. So can’t stop thinking about getting it all up and going.
What was the last thing you did that made you swear later?
Locking my keys in my truck on the ferry on the way to Trev Deeley’s swap meet.
* Yup, that'd do it for sure. I swore just reading that.
Lots of trial and error!
Who’s work, do you have a crush on right now?
Always love what Big Scott does.
What would you like to see more of in the custom world?
A picture that my little man painted of myself and my chopper.
* Editor's note: Aw man, must've got a little sumpthin' in my eye there...
What would you do with one million dollars?
Travel North America on my chopper.
The one that comes to my mind is a ride that Fatima and myself took to Kamloops. A blown-out headlight and blown wheel bearing in the middle of the night on our way there.
It's always a trip like this that you look back on and smile. If you ride a chopper it will happen sooner or later. And that's what makes it all the more fun.
Not motorcycle related but the moment when our little guy called me dad.
* Aw Man, that is it. Where are the goddamn tissues? Make no mistake, the family game is strong with this particular chopper freak!
What’s your next adventure?
Spring is here, and every weekend is an adventure.
Want to give some shout outs to other talented peeps, or anyone that helped along the way?
Wanna thank my Uncle for getting the bug started and my Fatima for always being there for me. And all my friends past and present who have help me along the way.
Well there we go folks, a quick peek into the twisted mind of all around decent dude and wicked wrench, Mike Watson. Hope you all enjoyed the ride today and be sure to tune back in next week for another behind the scenes visit with another killer guest!
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