Where Are They Now? John Covington.



A very long time, by motorcycle industry standard, that I belong to this industry. And of course a lot of people, custom builders, vendors, manufacturers and show promoters that I have seen come & go. Evidently our US recession has also been a catalyst for this turnover. Sometimes I know what went wrong and where do friends went.

But some made a transition by choice just for a change of lifestyle.  Quite often it’s much later that I know about their new profession. So, where are they now? Maybe a series I will continue with others you may have known years ago. I just got a tip from reader Fred Proctor that John Covington, ex-bossman of “Surgical Steeds” in Arizona made a successful transition from Bike Builder to Art Photographer. I have known John since 1993 when we rode together in a group riding from Scottsdale, AZ to Telluride, CO for a promo movie for Neiman Marcus (do you remember Mike Lichter?). John Covington is now doing awesome photography with of course as inspiration cars, motorcycles, tattoos & women…He also did a book called “Boundless” being released this weekend. By the way he also has been a heavy rock drummer nicknamed the “pulverizer”. Jump to his site for amazing photography. Hey, when you are an artist you remain an artist. John Covington Studios.


15 Responses to “Where Are They Now? John Covington.”

  1. 1 BD Sep 5th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Good to see that John landed on his feet. I’ve always enjoyed dealing with him.. Good luck John

  2. 2 John E Adams Sep 5th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for the introduction to another great one, didn’t know his current or past work – very nice stuff here Cyril.

    The series idea would make some more great reads.


  3. 3 John Covington Sep 5th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for the love! That was an amazing trip we took back in ’93 and the journey contiues!

    The gallery opening and book premier at the After Hours Gallery in Phoenix last night was a huge success… http://www.afterhoursgallery.com and there are a still few copies of the first run of Boundless left…check out http://www.jcstudiosllc.com/boundless for your copy.

    In other news I have had 4 covers/features I’ve shot for Easyriders magazine in 2009, I shoot a ton of crazy tattooed girls for Savage Tattoo every month and you can see my work with cars and tattoo’d babes in Rebel Rodz this month too!

    I’m also working on ressurecting the STEED brand with a 3 wheeled encapsulated electric commuter vehilce….so stay tuned! Lots of interesting roads in the future too!

    All the best,

  4. 4 Brandon Sep 5th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Really nice photography.

  5. 5 Bradley K Sep 5th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Nice photography

  6. 6 Bradley K Sep 5th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Suggestion for next “Where Are They Now….. where is Bret Smith?? That I would really like to read!

  7. 7 jatinder Sep 6th, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Good to see people doing different stuff in different times,john maybe facing some issues with bike building…anyways the picture is really good.good luck

  8. 8 bigalyts Sep 6th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    There is Life after Motorcycles afterall. I don’t knof If there is anything after Riding. Stay on 2 Wheels ,John! Good Luck and Ride Safe!

  9. 9 Ridethebeast Sep 8th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    You got a fan for life.. best of luck to you!

  10. 10 John Nasi Sep 8th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Hey John,
    My brother Jim and I have always been impressed with your work since the old days of Surgical Steeds. Great to hear of your successes my friend.

    I will be picking up a copy of Boundless this week, and looking forward to another signed copy later on.

  11. 11 Lee Chapin Sep 8th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    John Covington has been a friend since we met years ago shooting his Cobra Bike on the Colorado River at the Laughlin run. We spoke last week after I received the invitation to his showing. Wish I could have come over to Arizona, but I ordered his book and looking forward to the photos. John is a really talented artist, musician and bike builder. Good luck John, see next time in LA. I

  12. 12 Rebecca Sep 8th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I met John during my tenure at Hot Rod Bikes, hanging with the De Weerd Bros…..talk about where are they now…during the first ever AZ Bike week. Your work is amazing John…I will buy your book but only if you autograph it for me. Hope to run into you soon somewhere down the road!


  13. 13 MCBill Sep 8th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Well, I wondered where Mr. Covington went!

    Good to see you are doing fine work, although with a different medium.

    Although, I’ll always remember the Laughlin River Run when you would bring those big bad bikes of yours to the show. As I recall, the one with a 135″ motor needed electric AND kick start to get it going!

  14. 14 Greg Hoeve Sep 9th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Great to hear you are doing well. Congrats on your new venture. I am sure that the passion your demonstrated withing the bike world will be exhibited in your art.

  15. 15 John Covington Sep 10th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Thanks again for all the love! First edition Boundless books are going fast…REBECCA I have my pen in hand! Here’s where you can get one! http://www.JCStudiosLLC.com/Boundless

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