You might know Rusty Coones as the one-time Nomad turned Redwood Original badass Rane Quinn on the FX show Sons of Anarchy, whose series finale airs Dec. 9. In real life, he's the lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Attika 7 and the owner of Illusion Motorsports, a custom bike shop located in Westminster. He's also a longtime member of the Hells Angels, although you won't get him to talk about that, since club rules prohibit it.
We first profiled Coones for a 2011 cover story that revealed a colorful life that we couldn't help but imagine might have inspired some of SAMCRO's fictional exploits. At the time, Coones had already built a bike for SOA creator Kurt Sutter, and his band had been tapped to perform a few songs for the show. We recently stopped by his shop to see how life has changed since he's become a TV star.
Video filmed and edited by Taylor Hamby.