Shawn grew up in Rural Iowa and was always drawn to anything with a motor. He started out pulling his brother around with the lawn mower, and then decided to build a go-cart for a 4-H project. From there he progressed to quads, snowmobiles and cars. After graduating high school, Shawn went to school for Auto Collision Repair. He operated his own shop for two years doing collision, mechanical and mobile audio work. During this time he was back in school and got an opportunity to work in Arizona. While in Arizona, vintage motorcycles were readily available and worked great in his small shop. He started building cafe racers and doing some work for local customers.