Hello, and welcome to another jam-packed edition of The Hot Seat. In case you missed last month's story, each month we take a person who has been a vital part, a mentor, or made some significant impact in the scene, and expose him or her and make them blush for your reading enjoyment.
So sit back, light a match, do a courtesy flush, and enjoy this month's installment.
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This month, we bring you the uber-famous Jamey "HandMade" Jordan. If you don't know him yet, you're about to know it all!
Jamey Patrick Jordan
Place of Birth:
Welder and sheetmetal nerd
Who are you?:
I am Jamey Jordan //NC\\ Mississippi
Q: What is in your toilet tower/lavatory library? Be honest, not the obvious ones like Mini Truckin', we want to know about the US Weekly, Better Homes & Gardens and the Luscious Large Woman mags.
A: Ok you caught me. Besides MT I do have, US Weekly, and of course Rod and Custom.
Q: Tell us one thing people either don't know about you or would be very surprised to hear?
A: I really am a shy person who just enjoys watching his friends be the center of attention.
Q. Do you have any tattoos? If so, what is it, and do you regret it?
A: No tats, just a bunch of welding burns.
Q. Do you consider yourself "regular"?
A: Sure, I poop every morning right when I get to the shop.
Q. What is your favorite show of all time?
A: Some folks call it Showfest, but where I come from it's called "Greenville." I've been to shows all over the country and nothing will ever top it! I know it got a bad rep the last few years, but in its day there was truly no finer show! I really miss "Greenville" and can't wait to hit up it's return in 2010.
Q. What got you into the scene?
A: The love of playing in the shop. We couldn't afford anything but trucks and Robbie Odom's Dad built us a shop and it just blew up from there.
Q. Tell us about your new company? These bomber seats you're building are super badass!
A: The name of the company is HandMade Seat Co. It's all about the right look, I can't really explain it, I just have a different style than most and the seats help me express it the best way I can.
Q. Your red Toyota was featured in this fine magazine a few times and we know you have been building killer trucks for over a decade. Each time you take it to the next level, so what's coming up next?
A: Who knows? I really wish I had a plan, but right now I'm just turning out as much fab work as I can and trying to make everyone happy!
Q. You must be at your shop 24/7 to be putting out all that killer work. How do you juggle everything and keep your girl happy?
A: Ha, you're asking the wrong person! We do 70+ hour weeks at the shop so there's not much time for me to get into trouble anymore. Thank God I have Kimmie to run my life outside of the shop or I'd be lost.
Q. Do you have any guilty pleasures when it comes to TV? Like are you watching soap operas or The Real Housewives or heaven forbid, Daisy of Love?
A: I don't get home till late at night and we usually watch The Real House Wives, or Rock or Flavor of Whatever and Steven Colbert. Yeah I know...
Q. Do you have a sweet tooth?
A: Yup you got me, I absolutely love candy and anything my mama cooks.
Q. We know you have worked in a few shops in your day; can you share with us some of your greatest shop memories?
A: Yeah I have a few, like the time we got in a water balloon fight and somehow I tripped and wound up shattering my wrist and it still doesn't work right to this day!
Q. We heard you got beat with your own shoe once when you picked a fight with "Big Ern"?
A: Haha, well as I can recall I was wrestling with good friend Scott Childress in a hotel room in Florida many years ago and I was suddenly and viciously attacked by Big Ernie from behind. We got into yet another one of our infamous fights. After a few minutes of fun I was thrown through a closet and was being beat in the face with my shoe, so yes this happened. But I think we all learned something very special that night, "Camber ain't no bitch!"
Q. What is your personal opinion on the current state of the scene with us losing so many shows lately? Why do you think that is?
A: I think that our scene has lost touch with the younger kids and that's were it all begins! I think everybody needs to go back to just building fun trucks that you can use and enjoy and stop trying to have the biggest and baddest never -ending project out there. (Hint hint - Mike!)
Q. Well apparently in the past you never wore underwear but now you do. Can you tell us the pros and cons of going commando?
A: This all started years ago when our home burnt to the ground and I lost all my clothes as well as underwear. After that I just kinda got used to it. The pros are its cheaper and not as much laundry, but the cons are that damn zipper! I do wear them again, so don't come up and ask me to show you my underwear at the shows.
Q. We hear you love the wine in a box. What could possibly be the appeal of such a thing?
A: Dude, I don't know who told you that but I hate wine in a box. Matter of fact I hate wine, just ask Kimmie!
Q. Oh yeah? Well then, have you ever gotten so drunk (we are guessing from the wine in a box) that you pulled your goods out on the side of I-10 in Lake Charles?
A: Oh course I have, and this night I think I was drunk on wine (oops). I feel that everyone at one point in their life should stand naked on an interstate!
Q. We have learned over the years you have your happy drunks, your sad drunks, your mean drunks, and even on occasion...your NAKED drunks. Which would you consider yourself?
A: Happy with a shot of naked, unless Johnny O, Mike A., or Prick start punching people, then I have to get mean!
Q. Who do you look up to in the scene? Who inspires you?
A: Bob Grant and Bill Carlton and all the people behind the scene at their shops who help these guys do what they do!
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Customers not understanding or respecting what we do for a living.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Owning my own SMALL fabrication shop and just doing what I love.
Q: So, why don't you answer the phone when people call (even your mom)?
A: Because I'm generally too busy working and don't want to talk on the phone.
Q. Finally, the plugs and thank-yous.
A: I just want to say thank you to all my real friends that have stood beside me through it all no matter where I lived or what I was going through! Don, Zack, Ghetto D, Scrotum Odom, Big Larry, Tito, Chico, Big Ern, Mike A, LowLife, Jeff Lewis, Duck, Johnny 0, Juan and Maria, Brassy, Val, Prick and Prick's Chic, The Nail, Dale from Kentucky, Kyle, Big Body, Ross, and everybody else I forgot that got me to where I am today! And of course the two ladies in my life: Kimmie and my Mom.