Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Vintage show at Bikes blues and BBQ this weekend


Check out my article in newest edition of Wrench Magazine on Just Kickers

Cary, Beatnik and the crew ran my story on Just Kickers, the awesome event we went to in Davis, Oklahoma!  Did a three page feature on it.  Used my photos but mistakenly gave credit to someone else.  Oh well...no biggie....

Also stoked that I got a full page in Knees in the Breeze with my 56 Panhead!

My life has been so great lately and so super busy!

Just Kickers, Wrench Magazine, Chris Gibbany

Just Kickers, Wrench Magazine, Chris Gibbany

Chris Gibbany, Wrench Magazine

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I won the 2014 Garage Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover!!!!

2014 GARAGE-GIRLS ULTIMATE BIKER MAKEOVER WINNER ANNOUNCED!

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Today is the day, after months of collecting submissions and pouring through tons of entries, we finally have our winner!
We are happy to announce Chris Gibbany as the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner.
Thank you to our awesome sponsors for hooking Chris up with all her amazing prizes. Please check out her story, and see why we chose Chris as the Winner of the 2014 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover.
Chris’s Entry
“My brother and I were given the option of a candy bar a day or the equivalent in money, I ALWAYS took the money, he took the candy.  I took care of all of my clothes and toys and then resold them at yard sales to recoup some of my money.  I picked up aluminum cans and scrap metal while growing up to have more cash.  I never got my ears pierced as I knew it would make me buy “unnecessary things”.   I graduated high school with honors and my graduation gift was a $10 denim purse.  I went to college on full scholarships and I worked two jobs.
While everyone else was eating out everyday, I was the only person in college who brought lunch in a reusable sack.  I continued to learn that if I wanted things, it was possible but I had to have my priorities straight and be confident enough to take “ribbing” from other people due to my different choices and not “going along with the crowd”.
My first year in college I bought a super nice black 1978 Camaro, that I owned 15 years.  My second year I bought a 1978 Z-28 Camaro, a car I owned 22 years and just sold three weeks ago!  I went to buy a third Camaro while in college but instead fell in love with MOTORCYCLES!  I had these things while making minimum wage.  While married to my first husband, I was forced to sell my motorcycle to buy him an expensive birthday gift.  I  got another motorcycle and one day while still at work, he sold it.  Needless to say that after a few events like this, I filed for divorce, typed up my own papers and got divorced for only $50.  Another lesson in frugality!  He was also trying to force me to have kids and I instead went and got my tubes tied, also free of charge!
I decided that I was not going to live a life that didn’t suit me and my love of the machine.
I now am married to my soulmate, a man who doesn’t limit the amount of cars or motorcycles I can have. A man who lets me design and helps me build my dream bikes. The only thing lacking is MONEY! I give 110% of my life to my passions, which are obviously motorcycles and cars. With that being said, and probably because of the way I grew up, I live a VERY frugal life. We choose to live without television (one of the best decisions we have ever made), telephone, microwave, clothesdryer, dishwasher, etc. I go shopping for food once a month (just like my parents did) for what I don’t kill, catch or raise in the gardens. I only shop in thrift stores and I only own one pair of boots, which I got by trading JcPenney’s gift cards (that I got for free) for a gift card to a local boot store. With that being said, even though I ride all the time, I don’t even own a riding jacket or a pair of gloves! Just this year I broke down and bought a helmet, and because I am so cheap, it is already cracked!
I live my life to the fullest, always promoting women, motorcycles and related events. If I win, I will not only be a GREAT ambassador to Garage Girls and women in general, but for any prizes I cannot use, I would like to donate to a runner-up. But I really need a set of Avon tires!”

Monday, April 28, 2014

Featured (again) on Moto-Inked


Chris Gibbany’s Moto Sleeve Tattoo


Words by Chris Gibbany
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“This is my half sleeve dedicated to my 1956 Harley Panhead, the second bike I have designed and am building.   All tattoo work was done by the talented Dessa Blackthornaka “Sassy”, owner of Tattooz by Sassy in Mountain Home, Arkansas, who specializes in portraits, realism and watercolor tattoos.  It took a total of five sessions to complete the work.  Each session was about 3 hours long.
Tattoo by Dessa Blackthorn of Tattooz by Sassy
Tattoo by Dessa Blackthorn of Tattooz by Sassy
When I first formed the idea of the tattoo (all my tattoos are gearhead related), I knew I wanted to start with my Panhead’s engine and our motto “Old Iron Never Dies.”  When I went in for the second session, we added the front end profile of my bike, which is really special to me.  A few years ago while designing my bike I fell in love with this particular front end while surfing the internet. I didn’t know anything about the front end at the time, I just knew that I had to have it for my build. I later found out it was a Spartan springer, so I ended up contacting George Counes, owner of Spartan Frameworks who hand crafted this awesome Spartan riveted springer to fit my Chica gooseneck frame.  At the time I was going to just pay with a credit card but found out he only accepted cash and I had to have it to him within 30 days.  To make a long story short, I sold all of my guns that year in order to pay him for this magnificent piece of work that is on the front of my bike.  What better way to commemorate a piece so great than to have it permanently inked on my arm.
After rolling several ideas around, Dessa and I agreed to finish up my tattoo with 4-speed gears from my tranny, my antique license plate on my bike and we added more motorcycle chain.  Dessa had inked a piston and chain tattoo on my shoulder about 8 years ago which has won several tattoo contests, made a couple magazines and even made an appearance in Sara Liberte‘s book “1000 Biker Tattoos.”
My 56 Panhead, which I named “Panacea” (a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases) was built in my living room.  I slept beside it for almost three years, had it there while having coupon parties and even when we had our house up for sale.  I still have people ask from past parties if I still have the bike in the house.  Nope, now my Knucklehead is in the house!”

Friday, April 11, 2014

First morel mushroom of the season

WooHoo!  Just found a morel mushroom and as I was looking, I ended up counting 9!  They are up but are drying up.

UPDATE- ended up getting 17!