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Rockabilly Kulture

     Rockabilly Kulture is a lifestyle that reflects the progressive, unconstrained, electrifying, and somewhat rebellious music, styles, and icons of the fabulous 50’s. The music created by those who dared to be different in the face of aversion (like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and other Rockabilly legends) is the foundation and heart of Rockabilly Kulture. Rockabilly lovers show their respect and admiration of their 1950’s icons and idols (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Page, Gil Elvgren, James Dean, Elvis…) by replicating their clothing, hair, and makeup styles and collecting/displaying their memorabilia. People of Rockabilly Kulture also love classic cars, hot rods, retro clothing and hairstyles, un-natural hair color (usually bleach blonde, dyed black, red, and pink), tattoos, and body piercings.

     There is no cookie cutter Rockabilly look. Just like any other culture, there can be many differences in style from person to person. For the most part the guys look like greasers (the Elvis and James Dean type looks), and the women like vintage pinups, Betty Page, Marilyn Monroe, Rosie the Riveter, or a 1950’s belle. Some guys may style their hair in a dramatic pompadour and wear a bowling shirt and creepers, some may have a subtle pompadour and wear t-shirts with dickies and converse, and others may wear plaid button up shirts with rolled up jeans and black boots. Some Rockabilly women take on the look of  burlesque vintage pinups and wear corsets, others may wear pencil skirts with form-fitting tops, swing dresses, or rolled jeans with t-shirts. Each person has their own version or twist on the style. No matter which style of retro clothing they wear, most in the Rockabilly Kulture have tattoos, body piercings, and gauges. Common Rockabilly themes and prints (other than the icons and idols already mentioned) are: polka-dots, cherries, gingham, leopard, dice, horseshoes, sparrows, bowling  pins, pin stripes, anchors, tattoo art/flash, Dia de los Muertos, tiki totems, classic cars, hot rods, and Coca Cola.

     Rockabilly hangouts include cruise nights, hot rod races, tattoo conventions, burlesque/pinup shows, and Rockabilly music performances – but the most common place to a large gathering of the Rockabilly Kulture are the classic car shows (especially the large ones like the Viva Las Vegas Car Show). Besides having rows and rows of wonderfully awesome cars to drool over, Rockabilly music is heard everywhere and there are numerous varieties of vendors that sell Rockabilly clothing, sunglasses, shoes, purses, jewelry, hair accessories, music, art, pin striping, car accessories, tiki carvings, and many other gifts and collectibles. Classic car shows are a fun and enlightening way to get a feel of what Rockabilly Kulture is all about. The exciting atmosphere can easily lead you to have Rockabilly fever!


About Rockabelle Bombshell

I am a single mom of a 13 yr old boy and 6 yr old girl. I love DIY projects of all types, and everything Rockabilly! I love the Icons of the 50's, as well as classic cars, pinups, retro appliances and decor, and victorian gothic furniture. I think of myself as a tattooed 1950's transplant... definitely born in the wrong era! I love thrifting and "junking"- I rarely see junk, I see things for their possibilities! I started this blog to document my DIY adventures as I attempt to upcycle and recreate my furniture and home decor, add a Rockabilly touch to as much clothing as I can, make life fun for my kids, and share my love of Rockabilly!

2 responses »

  1. Wow! Very informative! Really gives people an insight on the rockabilly culture, although I’d love to see a paragraph introducing what Rockabelle Bombshell does/ is all about. What are some of your favorite bands that fit into the rockabilly scene? (Past and present)


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