Jay: I used to restore classic cars before my interest in motorcycles became the focus. I lost my job during the pandemic and had maybe $1,200 to my name before starting up a little shop over in Munhall across from the Waterfront. I put literally every penny I had into it, and before I knew it, bikes were rolling in. I decided to keep going with it and moved into my new shop location on the first of June.
Jay: I try to dig into the hearts and minds of the people I’m doing the work for to see their vision and make it a reality. I put my heart and soul into what I do here. I’m not exactly competitive with others and their styles, I just want to be the best version of myself and push the limits of my own abilities. I focus on the constant growth of my craft to build and create one-of-a-kind rolling works of art for myself and my customers.
Jay: My source is my family. My son loves motorcycles, and seeing him grow up in that setting drives my work ethic and makes me push myself to the limits every day. Another huge source of inspiration is Michael Balch from GMS Racing. He is always there to lend an ear or offer advice. I derive a lot of my art from tattooing, old-school 70s choppers, metal flake paint jobs, and the SoCal look. Being from a classic car background, I’m also inspired by good old-fashioned American muscle. Big engines, burning rubber, and the open road is where I planted the seed of my American dream.
Jay: It’s a collection I’ve accumulated throughout the years. I’ve been building bikes since I was a kid but was more of the bastard stepchild of the guys who were doing their cars. I did some knuckleheads, panheads, and all kinds of stuff. I grew up around motorcycles, so the parts were always around.
Jay: I used to do tattoos for a living. Ten years ago, when I was seventeen years old, I packed everything I owned on a bike and didn’t get off of it until I ended up here in Pittsburgh. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, but spent much of my time in San Diego. That’s where I got my love for lowrider bikes and the 70s-style choppers with the SoCal look. I wanted to incorporate my travels and my life into something people could enjoy visually, so through natural progression, I chose to paint.
Jay: Very hot. It’s completely different out there. You can ride year-round. I never even owned a car until I came to Pittsburgh. Out there, you beat on things a little harder and didn’t have to put them away for winter. The lifestyle is much different here because of the seasons. Your bike is more of a secondary vehicle, whereas out west it could be your primary source of transportation. Regardless, I enjoy myself here. You never know where you’ll end up with the twists and turns of life.
Jay: Yes. I’m booked out for months and have been trying to find someone to help with mechanic work. I’m even willing to teach and have thought about doing classes as a program to build their own bike here.
Jay: I’d like to slowly get away from the general repair jobs and do more of the custom work. I like building choppers and baggers because it allows for more creativity. That’s more of what I’d personally like to focus on. To build a brand for myself. The name Lost Souls is based on faith, and I believe in doing right by people–honor and respect. I’m in this to do what I love and help the people that come in and support me. I can’t do it without them, and I’m thankful for my people and the opportunities.