Remember when choosing an alternative lifestyle would put you squarely in the minority of society? Back in the fifties and sixties when rock n roll and subcultures such as rockabilly were in their infancy, the lifestyle of rebellry was frowned upon by the mainstream of society as they wagged their pointy fingers at you while looking over the brim of their glasses with scorn!
Today, alternative is all the rage and creating and stylising your own unique persona based on what lights your fire is considered cool and righteous! The only problem is, and it’s a positive problem is that you create your own movement whether it is based on current standings or past passions such as the rock n roll era or more to the point of this write-up, the rockabilly scene from the fifties and sixties!
But hey, have you been to a rockabilly event lately? Heard the music blasting out from a cool three piece band while digging the cool radical, low lying kustoms and classics from that era? Have you checked out the chicks in the pencil dresses and three quarter pants artistically complimenting their personalised rockabilly inspired ink work with the visually stunning hair dos defying gravity and looking every bit a hard rockin chick from that era as she steps one high heel in front of the other, arm in arm with her stylised in black from slick backed hair-do to boots man covered in cool custom ink work showcasing to the world what makes him tick?
If not, then you’re missing out on a very cool scene! The rebirth of early rebel rock mixed with an attitude that sticks it to the man! The kind of scene where being loud and radical is the norm! Where low brow art comes to life in those who choose to embrace this vocation and take it all the way! When you attend one of these events, you are transported back in time and attitude to the heyday of hot rodding and rocking wild!
I know I bang on about Kingpin Kuztum’s events on a regular basis but it never ceases to amaze me that each time Rob, the owner and organiser of Kingpin Kuztum Clothing Inc runs one of these shows, with different rockabilly inspired themes at different places around the cultural city of Melbourne, the turnout of this minoritively alternative lifestyle celebration keeps growing! Not just in numbers of people but in all manner of this lifestyle from bands to kustoms cars to trade stands selling more and more merchandise to feed the rockabilly beast stirring from within the cultural walls of the underground society! Yes! When it grows to the size of the scene it is today, it’s no longer and hidden minority but a thriving society of its own and well worth embracing!
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Keep on rockin’
Awesome write up!
Thanks Luke! Appreciate the feedback!