Jordan Aleppo has come through the ranks at Federal and Stay Strong to be one of the UK’s finest riders. Out of hours Jordan knows how to lay it down, wether that’s riding or partying, he’s your go to man. But 9-5 he’s having it large.. on site! As an apprentice electrician he’s had to graft to get where he is, in this fucked up world of NEET’s Jordan Aleppo stands out from the crowd as someone who likes to get shit done…
….And standing out from the crowd when it comes to getting some kip.
Jordan, I’ve noticed on your Facebook updates you get about a bit in your job, some places look mental! Can you give us the low down on what you do for a living?
For sure! I’m an apprentice electrician so I work all over the place, we do a lot of work for the local councils that’s usually interesting haha. I’m Lucky to have got an apprenticeship. I’ve been trying to get one for years. Finished college then I won student of the year (believe or not haha) where I met the owner of the company I work for now. The only shit thing about it is I have to pay for all the exams to qualify myself. What’s like 4 grand! (soo Fucking Peak)
Doing work for the local council it’s dropped you in some wild venues, what went down in that young offenders place?
Yeah sometimes it’s actually well intimidating! I always get put on the most fucked jobs. All of my colleagues say it’s because of my appearance and mentality, the office think I would be able to look after myself if a nutter attacked me! haha That particular high security youth offenders home was so mental! to get in was harder than any adult prison I’ve been in. The caretaker was telling us that all the child murderers and nutters from the news get sent there so no one can find them… I don’t know who the fuck would want to find them!
What are the worst places you’ve had to ply your trade?
Well apart from youth offenders homes, I work in mental institutes, special hospitals and homes for people with illnesses and deformities. And gypsy sites haha, it’s not actually as bad as it sounds.
It’s hard work for UK PRO BMXers to get paid a fulltime wage for riding, we’ve come to accept that it’s almost impossible these days, whats your view on this? you seem to have your shit wired… no pun intended.
haha yeah I guess so, well with me, my Mums always pushed me to get a trade so I’m not stuck doing a shitty job and so if all else fails I can always go back to it, I am really grateful for everything my Mums done for me. The shit thing is that getting qualified has always been my first priority and because of my learning disabilities I’ve had to put in a lot more work to catch up, like staying behind revising and shit. I’ve never really thought about getting paid to ride, obviously it would be sick but I don’t think I ride enough or that I’m not on the same level of the people that do.
That’s a fresh outlook, it’s good to see that. In like 5 or 10 years where do you see yourself from a career point of view?
My plan is to hopefully qualify, take and year or two out travel and ride my bike as much as possible, while working for myself here and there just enough to live.
You get to travel with your sponsors, how is your gaffer with your BMX commitments?
I don’t really go on trips a lot, I’ve only ever really been on Ride To Glory and now London’s Calling what are only a week long But I think their fine with it as long as I give them enough notice.
If our readers need a top electrician who also smashes it riding wise, how do we hook you up?
Haha well in my contract I’m not allowed to do private work…