Motorcycle Magic From Scrap

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Despite his circumstances, Jay continues to pursue his passion for motorcycles, proving that creativity can thrive even in the most unexpected places.

Jason Mathers

Meet Jason Mathers, currently serving his sentence at South Fork Forrest Camp (SFFC). Despite facing the challenges of incarceration for the past 5.5 years, Jay, as he prefers to be called, has found comfort and creativity in an unexpected place—building motorcycles.

Before being incarcerated, Jay owned an upholstery business specializing in replacement covers for older military vehicles. Little did he know that his journey would take a turn, leading him to a new and unconventional form of artistic expression.

Jay’s love for motorcycles began at the age of 28 when he started building and riding Harleys. This passion became a constant in his life, even during incarceration. Jay expressed, “When we aren’t working on something, I have to keep busy. I like to get creative with what I have available.” This creativity has become the driving force behind his unique motorcycle creations.

Jay has transformed the limitations of his environment into opportunities for artistic innovation. For both roadsters and motorcycles, he utilizes miscellaneous and scrap parts. Nuts and bolts are welded together for handlebars and frames. Pieces of flat stock metal are cut, bent, glued, and welded to form various parts, including frames and motors. Tires are crafted from rivets and bailing wire, and the seat is made from carefully cut foam. Even the tank is a block of wood whittled down to perfection. The gold trim? Salvaged from a broken clock.

Jay’s creative process is a testament to his resourcefulness and determination. With limited resources, he manages to piece together functional and visually striking motorcycles. Each creation is a work of art, showcasing not only his technical skills but also his ability to find beauty in the discarded and overlooked items.

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