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Five Questions for Justin Kell

Five Questions for Justin Kell

How do you get into making custom motorcycles?

I was a big computer nerd when I was younger. At 11 years old, I taught myself how to code and create graphics for websites. I became really involved in the blogging world and people started asking me to create websites for them. About a year into that, I created an HTML & CSS tutorial site that also offered free website templates for many of the blogging platforms that were popular at the time. The website became really popular and I was getting about 15,000 unique visitors a day. This was right around the time that Google Ads first launched; I put one of the ads on my site out of curiosity and started making a lot of money off of it. I basically couldn’t believe that I was being paid to do what I considered a hobby. That’s kind of what I’ve aimed to do with my life ever since.

You’re in NY now, but where did you grow up?

I was born in NY and zr go to dinner, so I definitely experienced a lot of NY when I was growing up. Justins’s 1969 bBMW R69S ‘Riviera Blue’

After graduation, did you freelance or work for someone else?

When I moved to NY, most of my friends had moved to other parts of the country or even other countries. I was kind of lonely during my first few months in NY, so I threw myself into my work. Within the first few months of my internship, I started freelancing through Pentagram; I was also getting a lot of my own freelance clients. Then, Paula Scher helped me get my first job shortly thereafter as an art director for Print Magazine. Everything fell into place pretty quickly
“I made a promise to myself that I would always find a way to make money by doing something that I really loved.”

Was creativity a part of your childhood?

Definitely. My parents were both entrepreneurs and were very business oriented; no one in my direct family was in the arts. I was a very shy child, but my mom noticed that I was in my element when I was drawing or painting, so she spoiled me by buying me lots of art supplies and craft sets. Justins’s 1969 bBMW R69S ‘Riviera Blue’

You’re in NY now, but where did you grow up?

I was born in NY and grew up in Connecticut, about an hour from the city. My family would come to the city to see shows or go to dinner, so I definitely experienced a lot of NY when I was growing up.

Was creativity a part of your childhood?

Definitely. My parents were both entrepreneurs and were very business oriented; no one in my direct family was in the arts. I was a very shy child, but my mom noticed that I was in my element when I was drawing or painting, so she spoiled me by buying me lots of art supplies and craft sets.