I love all things Rockabilly: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Page, Gil Elvgren, vintage pinup art, retro antiques, retro home decor, retro fabrics, swing dresses, pencil skirts, polka-dots, cherries, pompadours, beehives, cat-eye sunglasses, classic cars, and greasers… As you will see in other posts, my love of Rockabilly started with my life-long love for Elvis and grew from there. My grandpa Landis collects and restores classic cars and I have always LOVED his cars. Since I was about 15yrs old I’ve been telling him I want one of them. I started collecting Elvis at age 13 and still do. I remember being pretty young and watching “Grease 1” and “Grease 2” over and over, singing every word, and pretending I was Allison in “Cry Baby” (what girl wouldn’t want to be the girlfriend of an Elvis looking Johhny Depp)! I love the dancing in all those movies, especially the original “Hair Spray” with Ricki Lake. I copied those moves many times and remember making up my own dances with my cousins to “My Boyfriend’s Back” (at a park when I was 10) and “Baby Love” by the Supremes (a few years later in our living room).
Growing up I never felt like I fit in to the “in crowd”, my style was always different than most. I didn’t like to look like everyone else. My clothes were usually different, my makeup was usually different, and my hair color was usually different. I have not liked having natural colored hair since I was about 13 and used peroxide to get my bangs blonde. I have also loved tattoos and piercings from a pretty young age. I got my first tattoo and pierced my nose, both, when I was 15. As you might assume, looking this way in school made a lot of people think I was somewhat of a rebel, which I didn’t feel like at heart- I just liked different things. It wasn’t until I went to my first car show that all these things I loved came together in a style. I was in heaven at the car show. I was finally in a place where I felt like I belonged. It was like it all made sense- the music I liked, the clothes, the hair, the cars, and the Elvis looking guys!
I don’t claim in any way to be a Rockabilly “expert” but I love it all and know a lot, and what I don’t know- I research. I love to find new Rockabilly clothing styles and fabrics, accessories, shoes, books, movies, icon collectibles, retro housewares, antiques, and 50’s info, and I like to share what I already have and know with others that love Rockabilly too!