Mister Jalopy is an experimental welder, woodworker, bicycle mechanic, writer, photographer, embroiderer, artist, electronics troubleshooter, teacher, furniture rebuilder, garage saler, activist, wheeler dealer, street racer, blogger, editor, auto mechanic, speaker, fabricator, builder, large appliance repairman, columnist, designer and entrepreneur.
“Mister Jalopy, a prophet of the [Maker] movement…”
Empowering consumers to be able to repair, rebuild, reuse and reinvent the products they invest in is at the core of Mr. J’s philosophy. As part of the Maker’s Bill of Rights (link) article in Make: Magazine, Jalopy declared, “if you can’t open it, you don’t own it.” Asserting that an individual should be able to open, repair and modify the products that they buy, the Maker’s Bill of Rights gave a clear voice to the Maker Movement’s frustration with increasingly disposable products that lock out consumers.
“Innovation does not stop at the end of the assembly line. Companies should think of customers as collaborators and reap the benefits of building a community of fierce advocates. There is significant economic incentive to connect with customers beyond consuming. Companies can create legendary brands that people care about and build products that customers will praise and defend,” states Jalopy. “Innovation should be shared.”
“Mr. Jalopy has become a leader in the Maker Movement…”
Mister Jalopy has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Wired, Popular Science, Garage Magazine, Make: Magazine, Garage Life (Japan), Make: (Japan), Factory Gear (Japan), Los Angeles Magazine, Popular Mechanics, International Herald Tribune, Associated Press and is a contributing editor at Make: Magazine. Mr. Jalopy has also been featured on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, CNN, Nightline and NPR’s Day to Day and has a regularly featured segment on Make: TV, airing on PBS nationwide. In 2008, Mister Jalopy had his first solo art show at The College of the Canyons.
Mister Jalopy is a board member of Los Angeles non-profit Machine Project and is on the Make: Magazine Technical Advisory Board.
“Embrace your amateurism, learn from others, make your mistakes and build your dreams.”
Mister J owns eight cars, fifty bicycles, one coin laundry, three underwater camera rigs from the filming of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a bicycle store in Los Angeles where faded champions are reborn for another chance at glory.