Different Bore, Different Stroke – Meet Chris Gibbany

Chris Gibbany from Harrison, AR. Look at those nails!

Chris Gibbany from Harrison, AR. Look at those nails!

I love people who are different. I’ll forget a conversation with a normal person almost immediately after it happens. But when I meet people who are quirky, awkward, outwardly and uncomfortably jovial or even eccentric, you can bet I’ll never forget them for the rest of my life.

When I got this email from Chris Gibbany, I admit my initial reaction was a mix between bewilderment and utter fascination. I’m bewildered because I’m amazed people like her still exist and I’m fascinated because secretly (shhhh…don’t tell), I’d do anything to be just as zany and awesomely unique as she is.

People like Chris are exactly what draw me to the world of motorcycling and the realm of tattoos. Finally, I have a melting pot of culture I can finally fit into. We can be as crazy as we want to be, free as we want to be. We can ride how we want to ride and represent ourselves, our families and our lives in our ink. 

Chris is uninhibited in her way living, bound by nothing other than a love for tattoos and bikes. Read on to find out more about this rumbling Goddess and Mistress of the Woods. Born of a different bore and a different stroke, this push-rod-powered phenom lives a simple life hunting and building bikes with her husband, and get this – raising 25 hedgehogs. No, I’m not kidding.

Chris, an avid hunter, shows off her tattoos.

Chris, an avid hunter, shows off her tattoos.

“My name is Chris Gibbany and I live in Harrison, Arkansas.  I LOVE motorcycles and tattoos- so much that I am doing a sleeve totally related to bikes and motors. All my tattoos are motor-related. I love Chevys and have a 1978 Z-28 that I used to drag race and have owned over 20 years.  I also have a 1981 Corvette (represented in ink through the flags on my back) which I have owned 13+ years and was/is my “daily” driver when I need to go somewhere or I can’t ride a bike.

I presently have four motorcycles – a Yamaha TW enduro (which is for sale to buy more Harley parts) and three Harleys including a 1981 Ironhead, a 1956 Panhead and a 1939 Knucklehead.  My husband Gabe and I built my 1981 Ironhead after I designed it and we are almost finished with my 1956 model that I am building to combine the new with the old.  The 1939 is a project for next year.  I have been riding since I was 16 and have been riding Harleys for about five years now. I started on a 1970 right-hand shift Ironhead!
The sleeve I am working on right now features my 1956 Panhead motor and under it is a semi-portrait of it’s front end profile.  All of my black and gray work is done by my artist, Dessa Blackthorn from Tattooz by Sassy out of Mountain Home, Arkansas.  I have won several contests with the piston tattoo she did on my shoulder. My husband and I are both gearheads. He has several old Harleys as well as some really old trucks.
Chris's custom Panhead

Chris’s custom Panhead

We are super frugal and make a modest income. We put everything we have into our passion.  We don’t have children, television, a dishwasher, a microwave, etc.  We line dry clothes and I shop once a month for food and essentials spending just $100 a month for the both of us.  The only meat we eat is what we kill as we are both avid hunters and fishermen.  We are fixing to raise chickens as well.

Things you may not know about me?:
I was an extreme couponer for five years before it became the “norm” and I have been asked to be on two television series- one for couponing and the other because I raise hedgehogs and have 25+ of them.
We live a REALLY different life than most people but are passionate about our bikes and our ink!”
Some Riding Shots of Chris on her Harley creations:
Tattoo by Dessa Blackthorn from Tattooz by Sassy out of Mountain Home, Arkansas

Tattoo by Dessa Blackthorn from Tattooz by Sassy out of Mountain Home, Arkansas