If you like motorcycles, Discovery Channel shows, or memes, you’re probably a fan of Paul Teutul Jr. Even if you didn’t watch the show American Chopper, you have almost certainly seen the iconic, oft-memed image from the show, commonly known as the “American Chopper Argument” meme. And, if you haven’t, then you must not have the internet, which means you are not reading this article.
But, besides being a meme superstar, what is Paul Teutul Jr. up to these days? We’re glad you ask! Let’s take a look at the former Discovery Channel personality’s life.
Paul Teutul Jr.: Motorcycle Builder and American Chopper Star
In 2008, Teutul Jr. decided to leave Orange County Choppers — the motorcycle shop started by his father, Paul Teutul Sr. — and eventually started his own competing chopper company called Paul Jr. Designs.
The big, blowout fight that led to Junior and his dad parting ways was documented on the hit Discovery Channel reality TV show American Chopper, and that ensuing fight fueled the extremely popular “American Chopper Argument” meme.
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In 2009, Teutul designed a dog park in Montgomery, New York. After that, his shop’s first design was a facelift for a — drum roll, please — Coleman Grill. Later in 2010, Paul pitched a series of dog toys to a company called Bamboo Pets.
If you’re wondering why Teutul didn’t jump right into running his own shop, it’s because he has to wait out a one-year non-compete clause from his contract with OCC. After the contract was up, Teutul immediately began building bikes at Paul Jr. Designs. Paul’s new company is now in competition with Paul Sr.’s Orange County Choppers shop. He’s even poached some former OCC employees. In American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, which aired on Discovery Channel from 2010-2012, we get a look at the competition between father and son, though they end up reconciling in the end.
In 2014, PJD built a bike for the World of Warcraft video game, which appeared in-game, as well. And, in 2016, PJD built two bikes for the Ninja Turtles movie. The builds were both awesome custom motorcycles.
In December 2019, it was announced that Paul Jr. and Paul Sr. were filming a two-hour special, during which they build a new bike together. Filming was scheduled to end on January 15, 2020, though an official air date for the show is yet to be determined.
On the personal side of things, Paul Jr. married his girlfriend Rachael Biester in 2010. And, in 2015, she gave birth to their son Hudson Seven Teutul.
Paul Teutul Jr. Net Worth
You may also be wondering how well Teutul Jr. has done for himself since leaving American Chopper. Currently, his net worth sits at about $2 million. So, not too shabby!
This post was originally published on November 15, 2019.