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About Rockabelle Bombshell

Rockabelle Bombshell

     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! 

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5 responses »

  1. Awesome blog – you have a lot of knowledge and it’s interesting to learn more about rockabilly culture. I know what you mean about not fitting in, I too bleached my hair blonde as a young teen and have always dressed differently which has meant dealing with a lot of negativity from other people.

    In regards to Elvis, my mum was a big fan so I grew up knowing about his music because she had the records. Earlier this year I came across an old tv show called ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet’ and their youngest son Ricky grew up and looked a lot like Elvis, and he sang nicely too – not with the charisma or energy of Elvis but he definitely reminded me of him.

    Best regards for your blog!

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, it’s impossible for anyone to compare to Elvis, bit there are many other great artists out there. Ricky Nelson was very good looking, and did you know he had twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (also good looking), that were one of the famous 80’s “hair bands” (as we call them). You should Google them for fun! Thanks again:)

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  2. Maybe you like the pics for your collection : ‘Kids with a Rockabilly Flare’

    Greets Billy

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