How many truly likable people are there on television? Not many. Sure there are a lot who are personable, charming and entertaining - that's why they're on television - but how many would you really want to hang out with?
This week we're going to focus on one of the rarities of celebrity - the genuine person. And you're not likely to find someone more likable or genuine than Mikey Teutul - yeah, the bushy-haired, chunky one who never seems to do anything - of "American Chopper."
Sure, he's not exactly the type you'd expect us to admire, what with the extra poundage, the slovenly attire and the frizzy hair (hmm, maybe this is a bad idea after all), but he is more comfortable in his skin than any other person on television. And that's where style comes from - being so at ease with yourself that no matter the situation or surrounding you're still 100 percent "you" whether you're in a tuxedo or T-shirt and cutoffs.
The latter, of course, is more "Mikey style," but he's perfectly happy to throw on a tux or an elf's costume if the situation calls for it. Regardless of the clothing, he's still Mikey. But let's consider the standard Mikey-wear: an OCC T-shirt and shorts. It could be snowing outside, and Mikey will still opt for shorts; thank God he has the legs for it.
But just how can you put together the Mikey Teutul look? It's as easy as heading to the Orange County Choppers Web site and perusing the apparel pages. OCC T-shirts in black or red and OCC polo shirts in red or black tend to find their way onto the back of Mikey, though the Web site has a huge selection of clothing options for the devoted fan.
Why he wears what he wears probably has more to do with the fact that he would rather just walk over to the gift shop at the family business and lift a few items off the shelves than go to a store and pick out other options. He's like a much poorer Donald Trump in that way: He's always selling the brand, thereby encouraging you to sell the brand as well. And who doesn't want OCC wear? "Mikey for President" T-shirts, "Where's Paulie?" T-shirts, standard black OCC T-shirts like the one Paulie Sr. wears, along with hoodies, jerseys, thermals, jeans, outerwear, work shirts, beanies and other caps all sport the familiar logo. For women there are tanks and T-shirts, and there's even a line of clothing for children and infants.
If that's not enough, there is an accessories section where you can purchase sunglasses like Paulie Jr.'s, pins, cell-phone covers and yes, even an OCC fragrance called Full Throttle. Rest assured that Mikey regularly smells like Full Throttle - so keep that in mind if you ever do hang out with him.
Hey, does anyone else think these guys might be making more money from clothing than from actually making motorcycles?Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times