Originally Published In The May 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
Name: Joe Skinner
Business: Twisted Choppers / Custom Innovations, Inc.
I have been in the metal fabrication/welding industry for 16 years now. I teamed up with Jason Kangas to form a new era of Twisted Choppers and a metal works company called Custom Innovations, Inc. in 2007. My friends and family would tell you I’m a workaholic. When you have a passion for what you do it’s so much more than work, it’s a way of life. I found myself no longer setting an alarm to get out of bed for work and realized I had made it. The experience and satisfaction of handcrafting metal is second to none!
If you could only listen to one band or musician for the rest of your life, who would it be?
That’s a tough one…I would have to say Alice in Chains.
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
When I take days off from work. Sounds stupid, but I feel guilty knowing that I have other people’s bikes, parts and projects waiting to be completed.
If you could live one year as a specific TV or movie character, who would you pick?
Flying around as Ironman blowing shit up would be amazing!
If you could have a do-over for any one thing in your life, what would you do again?
There are several things I could change from my past, but then my reality would be different. I wouldn’t change anything at the risk of losing what I have right now.
What is something you do that can annoy people?
I tend to be a slight neat freak. I like to be organized and can’t stand it when people don’t put things back when their done.
What food could you never give up?
I have one hell of a sweet tooth so sugar would be hard to live without.
If you could live in another century, which would it be?
Technology is exciting so I would have to say the future.
If you had to pick one of these occupations to do for a year, what would you choose: Kindergarten Teacher, Pro Wrestler, or Flight Attendant?
I would have to be a traveling man and go flight attendant. I rarely get to travel so it would be cool to see the world.
What’s one thing you want to do before you die?
I’m going to change the question to “before my dad dies.” Restore my dad’s ’66 Buick Skylark GS Convertible. It’s really rough and needs a lot of time and money. I think that’s the least I could do for all that my parents have done for me.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I actually don’t personally own a bike right now. I sold it to someone in Hong Kong and used the money to build a house when interest rates were so low. I have plans for another bike, but like most people, I’m still collecting parts for that future build.