Saturday, September 6, 2014

Meet the man behind LOUD n' GREASY

Interview with James Choate of Loud n' Greasy Customs

1.) Tell us a little about Loud n' Greasy, when did you decide to start making stuff and why? A general wrap up of why you do what you do?

Loud N Greasy Customs started in 2011. As a fluke really.
I had wanted to run an aftermarket light on my Sporty and decided against drilling a hole in the trees. So I fabbed a headlight bracket. It took me several tries before I got one that would not vibrate and bust bulbs. Anyway I finally got one to work and some guys saw it and asked if I could make em one. The thought of a parts company hadn't really crossed my mind until I had made a handful of em. I started a thread in the Chop Market on the ole 33 (HERE). And then a blog and bigcartel store. It's steadily growing but will be awhile before I can give up my day gig.

2.) Is Loud n' Greasy a one man show or do you run a castle of midgette female wrestler minions?

Loud N Greasy is a one man show and then its not.  I do most of the fab work and powder coating and promoting , but Lance Ainsworth (xlance on 33 , oilslinger72 on IG) started out doing some powder coating for me and still does from time to time and also does some consulting on design and is the originator of our "practically Amish" slogan. Aaron Felix (xilefba on IG) owns Felix Machine and is becoming a bigger part of the operation as time goes on. My fabrication operations are shifting to his shop. We have some new products on the horizon and Aaron is instrumental in getting those fabbed.

3.) Tell us a little about the area (chopper scene) in Texas?

Texas is a BIG place . And the folks are spread out quite a bit.  There are quite a few guys down in the Austin area ( Old Filthy, Vice Grips ) lots of builders down in that area too, Matt Jackson, Brian Buscemi, Joey Cano. Dan Carr. Austin is a 4 and a half hour drive from where we are . Then there's the DFW metroplex that has  Lucky 7, Steven Bates, the Ftwkr3w and some other guys. And DFW is an hour and a half from us. Theres starting to be lots of cool events in Texas from the Lone Star River Run, Just Kickers (in Oklahoma ), Giddy Up, Southern Throwdown, Pyshco De Mayo Run. And some new events coming soon too. But we are in a rural part of North Texas , there's not a lot of chopper guys around so we have a small group of guys that are kinda spread out. But help each other with our builds and ride together when we can. I'm in Graham, Lance is in Bryson, Aaron and his buddy John are in Wichita Falls, Fisk is in Decatur. But I do probably 85% of my riding solo. But have buddies spread out all over the state that meet up at the events.

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4.) Is Texas like we see on T.V., where Chuck Norris kicks everyone's asses??? Or is it more Brokeback Mountain (I don't even know if that was supposed to happen in Texas, but you always hear "Steers and Queers" so it might as well have been....)

HA HA HA!!! Actually an interesting and somewhat viable way to ask that question. The name of our HS football team here in Graham is the Steers. And the author that wrote Brokeback Mountain ( also wrote Lonesome Dove, The last picture show ,Texasville ) Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City which is 30 miles from here . So uh yeah. ha ha ha ha ha... But honestly Texans are the friendliest people you'll ever meet . We speak to each other on the street, in line at Walmart or wherever. But we are also a tough stock. You never have to wonder who is armed ...because everybody is. High School football is huge here. Every Friday night just about everybody goes to the game.

(evidently... Cow Boy Sucks? English. It's not just a second language.)

Country music is everywhere. Although most folks have a disdain for modern Nashville country.  Texas country is the thing. From the Classics like Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt to the middle age guys like Robert Earl Keen , Bruce Robison, Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, Pat Green ..... then theres younger guys like Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew, Ely Young, Randy Rogers.

The economy is somewhat strong, the weather is extreme and the women are hot.
 There's basically 3 meals .....Chicken fried steak, BBQ and Mexican. And as far as  fast food its either Dairy Queen or Whataburger.

We have some of the most beautiful landscapes. That vary greatly from region to region. The hill country is beautiful rolling hills and rivers and lakes. East Texas has the Piney woods, The coast has beaches obviously, and West Texas has ......well .......dirt and wind...hahaha
Lots of great riding roads ....the 3 sisters 335,336,337  then state Highway 16 is great....and locally FM4 is the best .

5.) What's in the future for the Loud n' Greasy Catalog?

We are excited to have some new products coming very soon. One of which is our points cover that we will have our first batch out in October. We will be having a contest on IG to help us name the cover. Should be a cool promotion for a cool new part.

Also, with the success of the no brow brackets , we have decided to make a new higher end, premium version that will be made of stainless steel and polished. The fabrication process will be different all the way thru, with all machined edges and polished to a mirror finish. Of course the price point will be much higher.
The reason for the premium no brow is due to requests for chromed versions. We experimented with a chrome powder coat, but it really isn't what we were hoping for. And after checking into having a batch chromed the price went crazy high anyway... We think that we can offer a polished stainless version for a bit under the price of a chromed one. And will have the warmer sheen of the stainless.

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6.) You're a Legacy Sponsor of the Escape To Hazzard County raffle, from our first year in 2012, and we're stocked to have you continue the party with us. Thank you for your support and taking the time to come up with some unique one-off Hazzard items for this years raffle.

We are pumped to be sponsors of Escape to Hazzard County 3.
And hope to continue to build upon our great relationship with Lady Hump! 

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