Custom Bike Pinup Calendar News November - December 2009

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John Covington

Iron & Lace Calendar Builder
The 3rd Rebirth of John Convington
For most of us its a challenge, or a dream, to get through life do one thing right, or even to excell at doing it better than someone else. Meet former Iron & Lace Calendar bike builder John Covington from Phonenix, Arizona, one of the most notable,wildest creative custom bike builders in the mid 1990s.

John started Surgical Steeds, latter renamed Steed Muscle Bikes, and was a fixture at west cost bike shows including our annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and on the custom bike scence. Two of his more noteable designs were a U.S. Air Force Stealth Fighter YF-22 inspired custom "Stealth V2" which was featured on the cover and inside the 1996 Iron & Lace Calendar with model Cherie Wimberly. Three years later John was back with a Carol Shelby "Cobra 427" replica bike which I shot at Laughlin with model Linda O'Neal for the 1999 Iron & Lace Calendar.

Iron & Lace 1996

The last time we saw John was at the 2002 LA Calendar Motorcyle Show with a display of his Steed Muscle Bikes. After that we heard he sold his custom bike business and had started his own heavy metal rock band, playing drums, and calling himself the "Pulverizor". OK, so much for career chnge number 2.

Then just last month we received an Email from John inviting us to a photo exhibit and book singing premier at a prestegious art galley in Phoenix. What?, career number 3! We checked out his website and come tofin he is now working as a professional studio photographer in Phoenix with his own major studio facility, and his on;one portfolio is really impressive.    Check it out:

When we read his online biography, we realized we never knew ho multifacted his personalities and talents were:

"John Covington is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and has made his mark in automotive, alternative fashion, musician and lifestyle photography. His base of operations is in Phoenix, Arizona, where he shoots regularly for a wide range of national publications.

Covington's passion for photography began at age eight with his first Brownie camera. However, his road to photography took a few turns and detours before the camera became his full-time vocation. You can see those unexpected paths in his photographs. His education at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena) expresses itself in his art sometimes surprisingly graphic compositions.

You can see his years as a rock drummer reveal themselves in his fascination with fringe characters and underlying rhythm in his backgrounds and lighting.

Wonder where the fascination with soft curves, smooth lines, and on-the-edge detailing comes from? Credit it to his years as designer and manufacturer of Alternative American motorcycles. Covington's past infuses his present. He explores the edges that make people stop and stare, then wonder if what they're beholding is safe or dangerous."

John Covington - Boundless

Enter Boundless, John's Art Show this past September and the name of hs limited edition book on nude models tied up in bondage themes.

"The concept for Boundless was inspired by the alternative and tattooed models streaming into Covington's studio for magazine shoots. As he photographed them, he realized that each model possessed her own grace and energy, but the shackled context of their commercial assignments denied them any personal expression. Covington invited them back to his studio on their own terms, creating a space where they could delve passionately and deeply into the feminine. The resulting images are empowering, engaging and . . . Boundless."

We highly recommend stopping by John's website, check out some of the exciting images from his show and book, and ordering a signed copy of Boundlees fror yourself.

2011 Garage Girls Calendar with models Tarah Tobiason and Playboy Playmate Heather Rae Young

New Calendar Kittens Tarah & Heather
Gianatsis Design Studios, November 2009 - We told you about our upcoming photo shoot last month with California supermodel Tarah Tobiason (above left) and upcoming Playboy Playmate Heather Rae Young (above right), so we thought you might like to see one of the pictures! Both Kittens were a joy to shoot with and will be featured in all 3 editions of the 2011 Calendars.

Heather's already photographed Playboy Centerfold feature is expected to appear in the next few months. possibly as Miss January 2010. Heather has been featured earlier in many of the Playboy Newsstand Specials magazines, and on the website (at the banner ad link below). But you may not recognize Heather in her earlier Playboy shoots where she was a slightly plump barely-legal teen model out of high school. Last year at age 20, Heather took on a serious training and diet routine that almost completely transformed her into the goddess like creature we know her as now. We've never seen a girl with such a perfect face and boy, a body so hard and tight, our dream was to bounce quarters off her perfectly round butt and six-pack tummy.

Heather has also confirmed she will be joining us at the 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend to premier and autograph her new 2011 Calendars.

Heather Rae Young

Shooting with 2 Beautiful
new Calendar Kittens

We discovered beautiful up coming new Playboy Playmate Heather Rae Young (above, waiting for a stiff breeze) wondering around aimlessly at this year's 2009 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show. We couldn't help ourselves but to offer to make her even more famous by becoming a Calendar Kitten and shooting her for the next 2011 Calendars. Somehow she fell for our stupid pickup line.

We must be doing something right! We even convinced Heather to do a girl/girl shoot with supermodel Tarah Tobiason (at right).

Our newest Calendar Kittens shot together this last with Jim Gianatsis for all three 2011 Garage Girls Iron & Lace, and Fast Dates Calendars with Valentino Rossi's YZR1 MotoGP bike and two new custom V-Twins from Calendar Builder Todd Silicatio at

Tarah Tobiason

4th Place winner "Harrier" from SE Service, Skogas, Sweeden uses a BMW boxer engine as the main stressed frame member for a monoshock suspended front swingrm with center hub steering.

Sportbike Contenders at the
2009 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building

Sturgis, South Dakota, 2009 - The Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building encompasses some 18 bike shows in total, in 16 different countries aroud the world: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Russia, Canada, Mexico and the United States.The World Championship of Custom Bike Building is an Official Sponsor of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and is endorsed by the City of Sturgis as the sole official custom bike event of the world famous 69 year-old rally. Winners from the 18 rounds are invited to the AMD World Championship Final which takes place at Sturgis Bike Week each August.

Past AMD World Championship winners like our Calendar builder Roger Goldammer from Canada have won oveall with inovative sport/racing bikes in a field of mostly Harley V-twin customs choppers. But this year with the down turn in the economy and the custom bike market, more practical sportbike styled customs that appeal to everyone across the board in motorcycling. Check out these four awesome street customs, to of which are from our regualr Calendar bike builders Roland Sands and Jesse Rooke.

You can see high resolution screen savers images of these bikes and more from the
2009 AMD World Championship in the
Iron & Lace Garage as part of Members Corner.

AMD Freestyle calss winner 2009 AMD World ChampionshipFreestyle Class Show Winner "Ramber" from Cooks Customs, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Roland Sands built this cool Harley V-twin powered monoshock Cafe Racer featuring a Ducati style tube frame and swingarm. The exhaust pipes are guaranteed leg burners.

Jesse Rooke street tracker

Jesse Rooke built our favorite, most practical and fun looking of all the Show's bikes, a street legal supercharged Harley V-twin powered street tracker (above and below) built for Dunlop Tires with single sided swingarm. Believe it or not, this cool bike only placed 25th in the 33 bike field!

Taking 6th Place with "TT Deluxe " was LC Fabrications from Mt. Crawford, Virginia. They use a modern Triumph Bonneville twin cylinder engine in a retro 1920's style race bike chassis.

Joanna Krupa Maxim August 2009

Calendar Kitten Joanna does MAXIM and Playboy again, stars on TV's Dancing with the Stars
November 1st - Calendar Kitten Joanna Krupa seems to be appearing everywhere this month.She is currently the top celebrity contestant on this fall TV season's "Dancing with the Stars", recording top scores each week with her professional dancing partner. Look for Joanna to pull off the season's win.

We also caught Joanna on "Chelsey Lately"on E! TV hosted by Chelsey Handler where she talked with the sexy female comedian and they both revealed they are both be on alternate covers of the December 2009 issue of Playboy Magazine. Chelsey was also on the Jay Leno Show that evening where Jay revelaed her Playboy cover. Chelsey has a humerous semi nude photo feature inside the issue, while our beautiful Calendar Kitten Joanna has a much more revealing
8-page nude pictorial inside the December issue.

Joanna krupa Playboy December 2009

Joanna has already been featured previously on the cover Playboy 3 years ago with a beautiful 10-page nude pictorial. You can check out Joanna's Playboy pictorial in our Members Corner.

Joanna Krupa, Jesse Rooke Custom

Joanna Krupa was first featured in our 2004 Iron & Lace Calendar (above) with builder Jesse Rooke's first ever custom bike which took Best of Show at the 2003 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show. Past Edition Calendars are available in Collectors Corner.

In case you are wondering why we haven't been shooting with Joanna recently for the Calendars, her day rate is now in supermodel territory at around $20,000 per day. While Joanna revealed on Chelsey Lately that her ongoing appearance on "Dancing With the Stars" requires a 6-8 hour work day 7-days a week for 2-3 months for dance rehersal and filming, for no pay whatsoever! Still, Calendar fans won't be left disappointed as our next 2011 Calendars will feature all new photos of Joanna which were taken at our previous shoots.

August 1st - One of our most beautiful Calendar Kittens ever, Joanna Krupa, has again scored the cover of MAXIM magazine, this time for August 2009. We first discovered Joanna back in 2003 where we photographed her for the 2004 Calendars. Since then Joanna has gone on to become the most photographed, most popular swimsuit models in the world, having graced the covers of every major men's magazine from Playboy to Esquire.

See even more of Joanna in Members Corner

Fast Dates Calendar photos prints murial MotoGP World Superbike, Kevin Schwantz Suzuki RG500Beautiful Playboy cover model Amanda Bently at the classic 1940's Canyon Service Station in Santa Monica, CA, with a Paul Yaffe chopper, this incredible photo was featured on the cover of the 2003 Iron & Lace Calendar.

First Time Ever! Calendar Images Available for Sale!
Photo Prints, Posters, Canvas Wall Murals

Now, for the first time you can have my favorite, most memorable Calendar photos reproduced to museum qualty standards for your home, garage, office or store, thanks to our new partnership with one of America's premier online photo labs. Choose from photo prints on quality photo paper, to huge poster and mural size Giclee' photo prints on archival rag paper or canvas mounted to wooden frames or display boxes.
Now you can enjoy my best photos of the the world's finest motorcycles with beautiful models! - Jim Gianatsis


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Steve Berner takes over from Dain Gingerelli at Iron Works Magazine
Thsi just in from our
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Montgomery, AL (Oct. 29, 2009) IronWorks Magazine announces expansion of its senior Editorial team by hiring industry publishing veteran, and long-time Harley-Davidson enthusiast, Stephen Berner as Editor-in-Chief.

As Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Berner will be based in Connecticut, leading editorial and content development for IronWorks Magazine. In a past life, he worked for several years with American Iron Magazine where he managed events, licensing, web development, and wrote/photographed feature and technical stories. Mr. Berner has also been a contributor to Hot Bike Magazine.

Mr. Berner's personal stable of bikes includes a long-owned and much beloved 1986 FXRS, an 89 stroker and his latest full dresser  a 2008 Street Glide, his first new Harley-Davidson. Known to most as steveb, Mr. Berner is a touring enthusiast and hyper-productive photographer and writer who publishes his own daily blogs ( & Mr. Berner is also an accomplished leatherworker.

About his new role leading IronWorks, Stephen said: I'm psyched to be back in the game, working with Publisher, Wade Ramsey, and the IronWorks crew. Ive been reading IronWorks since 1990 and it has always been a great title. Its an honor and a treat to be able to lead the charge and further develop the IronWorks name to its full potential by bringing even more great machines and stories to our loyal fans. My goal is to uncork the IronWorks engine, spool it up, and let it breathe. Itll be great, fun, and entertaining  really a celebration of what we all love most about the machines.

Leaving IronWorks will be Editor, Daingerous Dain Gingerelli, who has successfully lead the Editorial charge since founder, Dennis Stemp, passed away several years ago. Mr. Gingerelli, who has authored numerous hot rod books, intends to concentrate much of his time on book publishing and will remain a contributor.

Below: The $64,000
2009 Calendar Bike Building Championship Winners

Best of Show

Performance Machine
Best of Show
Kenji Negai
/ Kens Factory
Torrance USA / Tokyo Japan

Iron Works
!st Place Pro Builder
Chris Flechtner / Speed Shop Design, Seattle WA

Best Performance Machine Bike
Ron Simms / Ron Simms

Oakland, CA

1st Place Mikuni Street Custom
Kevin Hendricks /
Anarchy Disrupter, Ultima 120ci
Shelly, ID

1st Place Iron Works
Classic Post '56 Street Custom
Gilbert Martus / Krome 3
Colton, CA

1st Place Iron Works
Classic Pre '65 Street Custom
Oscar Fragoso / Gothspeed
1950 Triumph Thunderbird
Long Beach, CA

1st Place
S&S Street Performance
Butch Yaple / Custom Cycle Controls
Henderson NV

1st Place Mikuni Street Chopper
Mark Shell
Idaho Falls, ID

1st Place Metric Custom
AFT Model Agency Girls /
AFT Metric Customs

Inglewood, CA

1st Place Iron Works Bobber

Ken Drapier / BUB Bobber
Grass Valley, CA

1st Place Iron Works Sportster

Dave Edwards, Cycle World /
Richard Pollock, Mule MC
Poway, CA

1st Place Fast Dates Sportbike
Ray Roth /
Eye Candy Cycle Design

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Riverside, CA

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Chicks Rule & Boys Drool Tour Joins LA Calendar Show July 18th 2010
1/01/2010 - The Vagabond Chopper Company's 2010 Chicks Rule & Boys Drool Tour, a traveling showcase dedicated to women motorcycle riders, recently rolled out their new 44-foot event trailer sponsored by Mitchell Motorcycle Transport. This rolling tribute to women bikers will offer a mix of on-site how-to seminars, fashion shows, book signings and special guest appearances with a feminine flare.

The tour officially kicked off during the 2009 Toys in the Sun Run with featured guests the Motor Maids, Leslie Kay of Leslie Kay's Insurance and Jeffrey Phipps of Jeffrey Phipps Custom Saddles. The Chicks Rule & Boys Drool Tour is a traveling display of what is available for women motorcycle riders, from clothing and parts to motorcycles styled with the woman rider in mind. The tour will feature Athena "Chickie" Ransom and her unique hand-crafted custom motorcycles as well as featured special guest appearances by an array of other unique women in the motorcycle industry.

Formulated specifically for women, it also gives men an opportunity to see "the other side" of a culture commonly associated with males. Validating the concept that women riders are more than just a "chick on the back" within the motorcycle industry, the tour also provides a forum for ladies to express her likes and dislikes in a setting that is not full of skulls, iron crosses and spikes.

The tour will include 12 national event stops throughout 2010 including the Heavy Hitters, Daytona Bike Week, New Orleans Bike Week, LA Calendar Motorccyle Show Weekend, Sturgis Rally, and coming to an end at the 2010 South Florida Bikers Bash and Toys in the Sun Run. Look for the Vagabond set up at rallies near you.




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