Check Out Who Some of This Year's Builders Will Be.....More To come.
Gilby, owner of “Gilby’s Street Dept”, is from River Falls WI (just outside of St. Paul
MN). He began lettering and pin-striping for local businesses when he was just 14 years old and has been in the motorcycle business for over 30 years. His talent for designing radical bikes, fabricating/welding parts, and painting/pin-striping has put him in a unique spot to be able to serve his customers with whatever they might want. Our customers are from all over the country—and even Canada!
Gilby is very old school with his process and believes in the value of hard work and the commitment of a handshake. His personal bikes (the Blue Bagger, Kiddi Wampus, and Green Onion) turn heads wherever he goes and he enjoys letting people sit on them for pictures and answering their questions. He only builds bikes that can be ridden and his creations are truly one-of-a-kind “art on wheels”. The bike built for Artistry in Iron 2017 is called “Gilbzilla” (and be on the lookout for the bikes in his head waiting to be built inthe coming years).
Satya Kraus owner and creative behind Kraus Motor Co. believes a motorcycle is an extension of ones attitude, an ultimate accessory of ones culture. Through his definitiveinterest for mechanical things and a passion for design he has found a balance betweenfunction and form. His work extends behold still life into engineering and movement. The fine construction of these hand made motorcycles and aftermarket performance inspired parts is a result of his attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. Above all other influences is the passion for the ride.
Since its very beginning, Kraus Motor Co. has made an impact in the custom industry. Recognized as an innovator Kraus Motor Co. has made a name for themselves creating some of the best engineered custom motorcycles that cross boundaries and express outside of the box designs. The bikes that have emerged from this small shop have won many awards and accolades as well as the respect of many other top builders. Kraus Motor Co. is a full fabrication and machine shop that can produce anything from a one-off part to a full one-of-a-kind custom. Everything is done with the rider in mind, creating progressive designs that capture a feeling of handmade craftsmanship.
Kraus’ commitment to performance has grow into an American brand dedicated to
designing and manufacturing high quality, performance products for popular American motorcycle models. Kraus products improve performance, comfort, and safety through the use of modern suspension, user control and braking technologies. Kraus products unite the visceral and exciting feel of an American v-twin with the capabilities of a technologically advanced road handling motorcycle.
Jon MacDowell is a custom bike builder from Boise, ID who spends his days as an Electrical Engineer, and his nights and weekends with his wife and two kids. Bonneville Customs, based in Idaho Falls, ID, is a small group of guys who build custom motorcycles after hours. The guys work well together, each coming up with their own custom concepts based off their preferences, and everybody pitches in to help with each bike. This allows them to create builds from any style and genre.
Jon's desire is to bring new ideas and different looks to each motorcycle build. He is inspired by the art and creativity behind the evolution of motorcycles, and he hopes his designs lend a sense of beauty to the motorcycle and give inspiration to others viewing it. His desire to create something different leads him to build all of his parts by hand, and he thrives on an idea after being told that it can't be done.
Growing up in Whitefish, MT, Jon spent a lot of time with his brothers rebuilding engines and tinkering on trucks and dirt bikes. A visit to Artistry in Iron in the early 2000s sparked Jon's passion to build custom motorcycles. In his own words, "Being a part of Artistry in Iron has brought this journey full circle." These builders have inspired him and he hopes that his builds will inspire others.
Arnaud Mary, French Custom Builder, from a family with mechanical atavism, is since a young age rocked by motors, scrap, the smell of oil and gasoline. After a first career combining trade and competitions auto / motorcycle, here over 15 years now he presides over the destiny of Motorsports Garage, place of resurrection of beautiful mechanics of two and four wheels.
Among the most awarded of Bike Builder showbike of French territory since five years, it now refocusing its business exclusively on its buildings. Ambitious entrepreneur, many projects still busy and are sure to electrify news of middle of the Kustom Kulture.
Fascinated by the American Way of Life, Arnaud dream has always been to make its contribution, having nurtured the ambition to introduce them to one of his creations.
The famous showbike "Queen Of California" was measured to US and global tenors of the specialty, winning no less than 8 first prizes at the last Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the USA, the oldest and largest global event of its kind in August 2016!
Nash Motorcycle Company is a family-owned company established in the summer of 2002. We are dedicated to building bikes and parts the way it should be done. NMC builds one of a kind ground up custom Choppers, Bobbers and Hot Rod bikes - mixing the old with the new. Most of our time is dedicated to manufacturing our unique and popular line of custom parts as well as coming up with new and innovative parts every day.
Taber, who grew up with a love of motorcycles, fabrication and the desire to live the American dream, owns and operates Nash Motorcycle Company .
Pete is a custom motorcycle builder from Oxford, England with more than 30 years’ experience in his field. He grew up surfing in Cornwall and working in his father’s garage on everything from lawnmowers to race cars. After a design and engineering degree (financed by working as a bike courier) he started a love affair with Harleys which led to Rocket Bobs Cycle Works, a company he and his wife, Lisa, began in 2009.
Pete was stunned to be selected by his peers as the 2016 Artistry in Iron Champion and can’t wait to return in 2017 to defend his title. “It was an honour to just be invited to take part in last years’ Championship, and the camaraderie between the competitors and hospitality of the organisers made it a truly memorable event for all the Brits. To then go on to win the prestigious title was the biggest accolade our small company has achieved.”
If you haven’t met Mike Rabideau yet, you will soon realize you have met one solid ass dude. He isn’t new to the custom motorcycle world either. He builds what he likes and his style and designs are a tasteful blend of old and new with a touch that is unmistakably his own. You might have seen some of his work grace the covers of Cyclesoure and The Horse with several publications in Hotbike and Showclass Magazine. He’s soft spoken and hard charging, Mike Rabideau, of Majik Mike Designs is one to watch out for.
Mike started building bikes about 12 years ago in a two car garage in Racine, WI. He recently decided to make a move to Las Vegas to start a new chapter in life and be closer to family, strippers, and all that sin city has to offer. Mike will be working out of a custom fab shop in the city. The shop is located on the North side of town and this is where you’ll find Mike. It’ll be a place to kick back talk shit and watch this man follow no rules but his own. In the shop you will find his creations and some pretty cool hot rods as well.
The bike he’s bringing to the show is a 1981 Shovelhead swing-arm frame he modified for more of a streamline look. He replaced the backbone, down tubes and lowered the seat post rails an inch and a half. Custom shocks were made for the bike as well as lowering the front end to set the stance off proper, while keeping that signature style that “Majik” Mike does best. Mike chose a new painter who I think will complement the bike perfect. His name is Shawn Long and he owns Imperial House Paint out of central IL. The build will be clean and well-polished, but not overdone. Sometimes less is more, Mike proves his steadfast attention to detail by blending this concept tastefully.
Anthony Robinson is a Kustom bike/car builder out of Northern LA County, California. Anthony’s daily grind primarily consists of being the CEO of AC Garage Doors and Painting Co,Inc. Anthony's passion for motorbikes and the love of coffee he formed "Gasoline and Coffee" in which he grinds out his projects in the evenings and weekends with the help of friends. Having the advantage of being inside almost every garage, whether it be some guys home, shop, or government facility, he's able to strike up conversations with clients about their projects and passions. Anthony is always making new friends, and sometimes picks up projects along the way. Anthony strives to create a unique and distinctive style that is outside of the box. In between providing every day for his beautiful wife Mariah, of 20 years, and three amazing boys, he somehow manages to squeeze in his projects, and successfully utilize his artistic and unique views to create amazing pieces of art for all to view. You can follow Anthony Robinson's work on Instagram@anthony73robinson @gasolineandcoffee
Daniel Sanchez is a Texas born Fabricator with more than 20 years experience in his field. Inspiration for his work comes from a family history of metal workers, including his Great Grandfather who was an Apache Metal Artisan. The style and originality showcased in CTC motorcycles is indicative of his diverse heritage as a Mexican/Native American. More widely known as a motorcycle builder, he does much more than that, offering a wide variety of fabrication services through his two companies including custom parts, auto air suspension, commercial and residential fabrication. Daniel has won many awards for both his motorcycle and auto projects, including First Place Freestyle at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and 3rd Place Freestyle at the AMD Invitational Bike Show at the Harley Davidson 110th Anniversary event in Milwaukee. Daniel spends his time around communities in ways such as speaking at schools to inspire young men and ladies to learn to work with their hands, keynote speaking at museum exhibits where his bikes are featured and training interns in the art of hand-built motorcycles. CTC will enter into the 4th quarter of 2017 by expanding their production parts line and motorcycle production frame series. You can find out more at www.ctcfab.com and www.ctcmetalspecialties.com
Trent started Atomic Custom in 2004 with one vision in mind: to build bikes for people who ride. No nonsense machines built for the road is what Atomic Custom is all about. Growing up riding every day instilled a strong "function over form" mentality that carries through today.
Featured in countless magazines over the years and yet Trent has managed to stay true to his roots and continue to build beautiful motorcycles that get the job done.
Christian Sosa is the Owner and Operator of Sosa Metalworks. He builds one-off bikes made entirely by hand. He would like to think that his style of building is like a sculpture that goes fast. Each piece on every one of his bikes is designed and sculpted with an organic feel, each one growing out from the one before it, from the center of the bike (the motor) and out. you can follow his work on Instagram at @Sosametalworks or see our past builds on http://www.sosametalworks.com/ thank you.
George Stinsman, along with his wife Dee are the owners of Chaos Cycle on long island in New York. They pride themselves on being a small old school mom and pop store that is a one stop shop for all your motorcycle needs. Meow between his kids, the dogs, the loony employees and the shop hang around's you quickly get a sense of how the shop was named Chaos.
George has been playing with and modifying all things mechanical since he was little. His roots started with muscle cars and street rods and moved to motorcycles in his late teens. He has won the ultimate builder bike show in New York 5 times in a row and 6 times in total. His bikes have been featured in over 75 magazines worldwide in the last decade. Meow he was one of two builders From the U.S.A. who were invited and competed at the AMD World Championship of bike building in 2016.
He prides himself on building clean machines packed with details that have no set style. Old school, modern, longbike, bobber, cafe, chopper, you name it nothing is off limits. As he likes to say "how custom is shoehorning yourself in to one style" Meow!
Custom Works Zon is an award winning Harley-Davidson Custom Shop established by Yuichi Yoshizawa in 2003.
Yoshizawa - San is proud of the recognition that Custom Works Zon has received in Japan as well as internationally, having won many prestigious awards all over the world.
His Custom designs reflect our vision and passion, from emphasizing the organic and natural lines of the framework, to the beautifully finished fine details and embellishments.
His aim is to create exceptional custom motorcycles using a combination of metal working skill and technology that is uniquely Japanese.
He works closely with his clients to design and build the best custom motorcycles that should not only meet their expectations, but also exceed them.
Artistry in Iron Master Builders Championship invites builders from around the world who are shaping the industry and establishing the trend for engineering custom motorcycles to compete against one another for the grand prize. The competition is an invitation-only, peer-judged custom bike display that draws the world’s premier builders to unveil their newest designs. There are no rules or guidelines on the builds, the builders have full reign to express maximum creativity in their build. The bikes are judged solely by the master builders themselves, the first competition of this kind. The winner will be presented with a check for $10,000 from Las Vegas BikeFest as well as a custom designed championship bracelet created by renowned designer and master artisan Steve Soffa. The public is invited to visit the bikes during Rally Central hours and to meet the participating builders during autograph sessions throughout the weekend