Jesse Gregory James (born April 19, 1969) is an American television personality and CEO of West Coast Choppers, a manufacturer of custom-made motorcycles. James is the host of Motorcycle Mania and the former series Monster Garage on the Discovery Channel. After several years as the bodyguard with Danzig, and occasionally for other heavy metal bands such as Slayer and Soundgarden, Jesse opened West Coast Choppers in his mother's garage in 1992. The company grew quickly and soon moved to a larger facility for select customers and companies. About 200 bikes have been built at West Coast Choppers. West Coast Choppers is also sponsoring race teams in Top Fuel Drags and Super Late Model NASCAR. James recently bought custom car business Austin Speed Shop and has expanded into the custom car business. James has also built and is racing an off-road Trophy Truck and a Figure-8 race car.
His show Jesse James is a Dead Man premiered on Spike TV on May 31, 2009. The show featured James doing death defying stunts. The first episode set a ratings record for Spike, drawing the largest audience ever for an unscripted series on the network, with 2 million viewers.
Jesse James on his tattoos: "I'm covered in tattoos," he says of his 30+ tats, including an octopus eating a crab on his right arm, a $100 bill on his back and the words "Pay Up Sucker" on his right palm.
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