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GIRL’S SCHOOL
BRIGGS RUDDER

  • Model Briggs Rudder, from Wilhelmina Models, featured on Ponyboy magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • Model Briggs Rudder featured on Ponyboy magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • Model Briggs Rudder, from Wilhelmina Models, featured on Ponyboy magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City. With styling by Xina Giatas.

GIRL’S SCHOOL

BRIGGS RUDDER

17 year old fashion model Briggs Rudder, from the Wilhelmina agency New York, stars in our latest 1950s vintage inspired womenswear editorial, “Girl’s School”. Photographer Alexander Thompson. Stylist/fashion editor Xina Giatas. Hair Ahbi Nishman using Schwarzkopf Osis Elastic Hair Spray & Schwarzkopf Osis Grip Volume Mousse. Makeup Rosemarie Bernardo. Thank you to Rear Window Vintage. Photographed in New York City. https://www.instagram.com/briggsrudder/  https://www.instagram.com/rearwindowvintage/

BLUE VELVET’S
HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI

  • Blue Velvets 1950s style barber shop by Hideki Kakinouchi. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Interiors photos from Blue Velvet's 1950s style barber shop in Hiroshima, Japan. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Portraits of customers in pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Portraits of Japanese men in 1950s style pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • B&W portraits of Japanese patrons in perfectly groomed 1950s rockabilly pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Portraits of Japanese customers in pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Blue Velvet's 1950s style barber shop visuals. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Portraits of Japanese men in perfectly groomed 1950s rockabilly pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Portraits of Japanese customers in 50s style pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • B&W portraits of Japanese rockabillies in greasy 1950s pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Drawings of men's 1950s style pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop in Japan. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Portraits of Japanese customers in 1950s style pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • B&W portraits of Japanese men in perfectly groomed 1950s rockabilly pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Portraits of Japanese men in 1950s style rockabilly pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Drawings for Blue Velvet's 1950s rockabilly club Japan. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Portraits of Japanese patrons in 50s style pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • B&W portraits of Japanese rockabillies in perfectly groomed 1950s pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Portraits of Japanese patrons in 1950s style pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Blue Velvet 's 1950s style barber shop visuals from Japan. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • B&W portraits of Japanese customers in perfectly groomed 1950s rockabilly pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Portraits of Japanese men in perfectly styled 1950s rockabilly pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • B&W portraits of Japanese rockabilly men in greasy 1950s pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Japanese rockabilly men in greasy 1950s pompadours from Blue Velvet's barber shop in Japan. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Combs from Blue Velvet's barber shop in Japan. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • 1950s ducktails from Blue Velvet's barber shop in Japan. Ponyboy magazine New York.

BLUE VELVET’S

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI

Blue Velvet’s is the brilliant Japanese barber shop that is owned by master barber Hideki Kakinouchi. Stumbling upon his Instagram page, we were enthralled with hundreds of photos that he has posted of Japanese rockabilly men (and a few woman) in super glossy, perfectly groomed pompadours. Upon deeper inspection it seems that his shop is decorated with loads of hubcaps and Blue Velvet’s merchandise. We only wish that we had immediate plans to travel overseas to his country to meet him in his shop. But until we do, Kakinouchi has invited us to share some of his many images with our Ponyboy readers. One day we’ll make it to his fantastic shop and walk out with the trademark Blue Velvet’s pompadour. Wouldn’t that be incredible! All photography courtesy of Blue Velvet’s/Hideki Kakinouchi. Thank you to Scott McKeeman for translation. http://bluevelvets.com/ https://www.instagram.com/bluevelvets1950/  https://www.facebook.com/Aobetsu/

PONYBOY:  Hello, Hideki. We really love the images from your Blue Velvet’s barber shop social media. Please tell our readers where you are located and how many years your shop has been in business.

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:  Thank you for your kind words! I take a lot of photos of my customers. The before/after transformations are pretty drastic at times! We are located in central Hiroshima, Japan and have been operating since 1990.

PONYBOY:   Tell us about your background with cutting hair.

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   I went to school to learn about the trade when I was 18. After graduating, I got a job in a regular shop. However, I was interested in old-style haircuts, so I started researching about the techniques that were used to do these kinds of cuts. As I learned more about these styles, I was amazed at the unlimited number of variations and options for hairstyling. At the time, there weren’t many shops that specialized in that kind of haircut, so I decided to start my own shop.

PONYBOY:   Your barbershop is very specific. Do you primarily only specialize in 1950s pompadours?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   Yes, I specialize in pompadours, but I can do all kinds of cuts to match the needs of a broad range of customers. People from all over Japan visit my shop, and even some customers from overseas come to my shop especially to get me to cut their hair.

PONYBOY:  Is there a certain technique that you use when cutting to achieve the Blue Velvet pompadour?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:  I use an original self-taught electric cut style which results in a shine that is difficult to duplicate. There are probably only 4-5 guys in Japan that can do this. The photos that you see on my SNS sites are taken with an iPad camera and no special lighting or editing is done. I cut hair in such a way that customers can style it themselves at home the next day. Come here someday and I’ll show you how I do it!

PONYBOY:  What about pomade? Which do you recommend to achieve the best height and shine?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   I use Layrite and Reuzel a lot.

PONYBOY:   How many barbers do you employ at your shop?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   Two. I run the shop with my son.

PONYBOY:   How long have you been into the 1950s rockabilly lifestyle/aesthetic?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   I’ve been into this culture since I was a high school student.

PONYBOY:   What is the rockabilly scene like in your area? Is there a following?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   The culture itself is not that popular, I don’t think, but there are a good number of people who have the pompadour hairstyle.

PONYBOY:   We’ve visited the Pink Dragon rockabilly store in Tokyo. Are you a fan of this business?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   I’ve been there many times. The store owner was truly a pioneer of spreading rockabilly culture in Japan.

PONYBOY:   And please tell us your opinion of the Tokyo Rockabilly Club scene in Yoyogi Park. We are very intrigued with it, but have never been. Is this sort of a tourist thing? Or would you say it’s authentic Japanese rockabilly?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   I don’t know much about that scene, but I’ve been to Yoyogi Park a few times. I don’t think it’s a tourist thing. I think they are just having a good time. It’s been going on since the 80’s, I think.

PONYBOY:   Does Blue Velvet’s ever do any of the rockabilly weekenders, like Viva Las Vegas. etc.?

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   About 20 years ago I used to do events every three months or so. I’m getting older now, so it’s tougher to do events, unfortunately.

PONYBOY:   And finally, tell us what films and music inspire Blue Velvets.

HIDEKI KAKINOUCHI:   American Graffiti, Streets of Fire (I used to own one of the cars, a 1950 Mercury that appeared in the film), The Outsiders, and Rumble Fish to name a few.

As for music we usually play Neo-rockabilly in the shop. I think it completes the experience for my customers.

 

REBEL NIGHT
HULA ROCK VOL 2

  • Dance! Rockabilly Rebel Night Hula Rock Vol 2, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly 1950's vintage women's fashions, photographed on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender attendees photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly partygoers photographed on the Hula Rock Vol 2 dance floor in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Japanese rockabilly dj's at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Burlesque performers photographed backstage at Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Trio of rockabilly ladies in vintage fashions, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly ladies wearing Hawaiian leis at Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Jukebox Jodi photographed at Rebel Night NYC weekender by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly onlookers photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Beauties photographed in vintage Hawaiian fashions, at the Hula Rock Vol 2 Rebel Night weekender in New York City. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Rockabilly ladies in vintage Hawaiian dresses, photographed on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Beautiful and stylish ladies snapped at Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender in New York City. Photographs for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Rockabilly ladies jive on the dance floor at the Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in Brooklyn, NY. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Rockabilly couples kiss at the Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shots of pin-up girl tattoos, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender in New York City. Photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A rockabilly couple on the dance floor in Brooklyn, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly ladies in vintage 1950's fashions, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Wild zebra men's shoes on rockabilly performer Will Lizarraga. Photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly women pose for photographer Alexander Thompson at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly dancers bop on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Katie Bickert and dj Dirty Dan photographed at rockabilly weekender Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly dancers snapped on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in Brooklyn, NY. Photographs for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Rockabilly couples photographed in Hawaiian clothing at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly singer Jukebox Jodi, photographed on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Beautiful blonde Katie Bickert takes the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly band Will & The Hi-Rollers photographed at Rebel Night weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • The incredible Will Lizarraga, lead singer for rockabilly band Will & The Hi-Rollers, photographed onstage at Rebel Night weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Will Lizarraga, lead singer for rockabilly band Will & The Hi-Rollers, photographed onstage at Rebel Night weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly drummer Ricky McCann photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photograph for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Rockabilly jive dancers in full skirts, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Beautiful young rockabilly women in vintage clothing, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly couples in vintage clothing, photographed at Rebel Night NYC weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly women in vintage fashions, photographed at the Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Rockabilly women in vintage dresses, snapped at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Silvertooth Loos & The Witch lead singer Almon Loos photographed onstage at rockabilly weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shot of guitarist/singer Almon Loos tattooed hand, photographed onstage at rockabilly weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Vintage spectator shoes worn by rockabilly singer Almon Loos, at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Ricky McCann, rockabilly drummer for Silvertooth Loos & The Witch, photographed at Rebel Night Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly guitarist Josh Jove photographed backstage at Hula Rock Vol 2. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly women in Hawaiian print dresses, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly men photographed at Rebel Night NYC Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly men photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in Brooklyn, NY. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly sensation Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim photographed onstage at Rebel Night NYC Hula Rock Vol 2. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Talented rockabilly musician Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim photographed in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim onstage with his guitar at rockabilly weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim snapped backstage in New York City at Rebel Night weekender Vol 2. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rebel Night members photographed backstage at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Wild Records rockabilly performer Will Lizarraga photographed in New York City at Rebel Night weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

REBEL NIGHT

HULA ROCK VOL 2 WEEKENDER

Rebel Night, the long standing New York City rockabilly monthly dance party, celebrated it’s ten year anniversary this past July in Brooklyn with a weekender dubbed “Hula Rock Vol 2.” We’ve long been fans of this fabulous party, which was started in 2005 by four Japanese music lovers. Passionate for 1950’s-60’s rock ‘n’ roll, the four friends drank, spun 45’s, and did their wild Japanese twist ’til the wee hours. We were lucky enough to attend the very first year, gawking at the sharply dressed jive dancers in vintage fashions. Of course, we became regulars of this extremely entertaining gathering, camera in tow!

In 2010, the Rebel crew, which also included the lovely Katie Bickert, hosted their first live music event held at the Warsaw in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This was quite monumental to greasy New Yorker’s, as it was the first rockabilly weekender in New York City. And this summer’s 2015 Hula Rock weekender was just as fantastic with some of our favorite musicians including Will & the Hi-Rollers and Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim. Take a look at the photos below and share in the fun time had by all! Photography by Alexander Thompson.

GIA
GENEVIEVE!

  • Paparazzi! Ponyboy Magazine women's editorial, starring Miss Gia Genevieve from the Wilhelmina Agency New York. Photographed by Alexander Thomspon.
  • Gia Genevieve photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York.
  • Model Gia Genevieve, with the Wilhelmina Agency, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Gia Genevieve poses for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City. Photo by Alexander Thompson.
  • A blonde leopard clad Gia Genevieve, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine women's editorial by Alexander Thompson.
  • The beautiful Gia Genevieve models for Ponyboy Magazine in New York. Photograph by Alexander Thompson.
  • The blonde and beautiful Gia Genevieve photographed in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The beauty of Gia Genevieve. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York.
  • The voluptous Gia Genevieve, photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine editorial.
  • The glamorous Gia Genevieve photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson in New York.
  • Blonde bombshell Gia Genevieve, with the Wilhemina Agency New York, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.

GIA GENEVIEVE

SUPERSTAR!

Gia Genevieve is a recent New York City transplant who fled the sunny skies of Hollywood to take a walk on the wild side. Blonde, beautiful and very buxom, this classy young lady is making her mark in the world of fashion by recently signing with the highly reputable Wilhelmina Agency New York. Gia bears a haunting resemblance to the late Anna Nicole, and is always done in 1950’s Jayne Mansfield glamour when photographed about town. So we, of course, were extremely excited to book her for our latest women’s editorial.

Ponyboy stylist Xina Giatas put Miss Genevieve in beautiful vintage inspired foundations from labels Dottie’s Delights and Secrets In Lace, as well as vintage fur coats and the latest pencil skirts. Our concept was old school Hollywood glamour with an obvious nod to Miss Mansfield. We kept with Gia’s trademark 50’s makeup and we could think of no one better to accomplish this fete than the incredible makeup artist James Vincent, using Ardency Inn products. Art direction, as well as hairstyling, was lent by the genius of Walton Nunez.

We welcome this beauty to New York and see very big things for her in the very near future!

VINTAGE
VANDAL

  • The beautiful Jasmin Rodriguez, also known as Vintage Vandal photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York.
  • Jasmin Rodriguez, also known as Vintage Vandal, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York.
  • Vintage Vandal photographed for Ponyboy Magazine in Las Vegas by Alexander Thompson.
  • Vintage Vandal wears a 1950's vintage full-skirted dress. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Jasmin
  • Vintage coats worn by Jasmin
  • Vintage Vandal. Ponyboy Magazine NYC.
  • B&W images of the beautiful Jasmin
  • Various 50's full-skirted looks on Jasmin
  • Vintage Vandal in various animal print looks. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Jasmin
  • Different vintage inspired looks on Jasmin
  • A playful Jasmin
  • Vintage Vandal photographed in Bernie Dexter jeans. Ponyboy Magazine NY.
  • Polaroids of Vintage Vandal. Ponyboy Magazine New York.
  • Modeling photos of Vintage Vandal by Alejandro Perez. Ponyboy Magazine NY.
  • Vintage Vandal, photographed by Miguel Oliver. Ponyboy Magazine NYC.
  • Jasmin
  • Jasmine Rodriguez, also known as Vintage Vandal, photographed in chic 70's inspired looks. Ponyboy Magazine New York.
  • Jasmin
  • A redheaded Jasmine
  • Jasmine
  • Jasmin Rodriguez photographed by Graffitlit. Ponyboy Magazine NYC.
  • Vintage Vandal photographed in different leopard looks. Ponyboy Magazine New York.
  • A photo of Vintage Vandal in a stripe vintage inspired swimsuit. Photo by Yumna Al-Arashi. Ponyboy Magazine NYC.
  • Vintage Vandal photographed by Lars Kommienezuspadt. Ponyboy Magazine NY.
  • A photo of Vintage Vandal by Holly West. Ponyboy Magazine NYC.
  • Vintage style photographed on Jasmin Rodriguez, also known as Vintage Vandal. Ponyboy Magazine NY.
  • Beach photos of Jasmin Rodriguez, also known as Vintage Vandal. Ponyboy Magazine NY.
  • Photos of Jasmine Rodriguez, also known as Vintage Vandal, by DMR Depiction. Ponyboy Magazine NY.
  • The beautiful Jasmin Rodriguez, photographed by Frank Antonio. Ponyboy Magazine NY.
  • Photos of Jasmin Rodriguez, courtesy of Vintage Vandalizm. Ponyboy Magazine NY.
  • Jasmin Rodriguez, also known as Vintage Vandal. Photo by Yumna Al-Arashi. Ponyboy Magazine New York.
  • Jasmine

JASMIN RODRIGUEZ

VINTAGE BEAUTY

Vintage Vandal is also known as Jasmin Rodriguez. We first met this East Coast bred beauty some years back, and have seen her develop into a marvelous young lady. Ponyboy was thrilled to photograph Jasmin for our feature at her mid-century home in Las Vegas, a perfect setting for our shoot. We finally had the chance to catch up with this girl-on-the-go and chat about her background and her new life on the West Coast. Jasmin, who rose to recognition on the internet with her incredible vintage style blog Vintage Vandalizm, is conquering her goals and breaking new territory. Photography Alexander Thompson. Additional photos courtesy of Vintage Vandalizm.

PONYBOY:  You’re from New York City originally. Please tell our readers about your upbringing.

JASMIN:  Yes, I was born and raised a New Yorker, although I now reside in Las Vegas. Growing up in New York was very interesting. My dad was a street racer from Brooklyn and my mom was a break-dancer from Queens. If you ask me, I was exposed to the best of both worlds. Both Brooklyn and Queens had such an impact on me as a kid. The older I get, the more I yearn for what it all used to be. For example, I miss seeing Brooklyn streets with Puerto Rican flags hanging off of Fire Escapes and kids playing in the water of open fire hydrants. I long for different salsa songs playing as you passed brownstone buildings and smelled the delicious aroma of Puerto Rican food. I very much miss the diversity of Queens, the different cultures I got to witness walking down Steinway Street, the view of the City skyline from my bedroom window, and passing the Five Pointz factory adorned with graffiti every time I took the 7 train. Though New York is a tough city to grow up in, I wouldn’t change a thing. The good, the bad, and the ugly amongst everything else I mentioned has had a huge influence on who I am today.

PONYBOY:  At what point did you start getting into vintage fashion?

JASMIN:  I started getting into vintage fashion when I was about fourteen years old. I didn’t have a job, but I loved fashion. So, any time I would get money from my mother, I’d stretch my dollar by going to thrift stores. I wasn’t concerned about being the “cool” kid in school with the latest fashion crazes. I wanted to do my own thing. I naturally gravitated towards clothing from the 1950’s and 80’s. And I still have many of those pieces today. It didn’t occur to me until years later that I had an impressive collection of vintage pieces by major designers. I never looked at labels. I looked at style, creativity, and potential. The 50’s, 60’s, and 80’s clothes always suited my taste and figure very well, so it was all I bought and still buy today. I even have stuff from the 20’s and 40’s.

PONYBOY: Your vintage looks seem to change on a daily basis. Sometimes you are dressed 40’s, and sometimes you might be dressed with an 80’s vibe. Is this correct?

JASMIN:   Yes, I don’t like to limit myself. My style depends on my mood or inspiration for that day. Fashion is more fun when you aren’t limited to trends or eras! I like to mix it all up and have fun with it.

PONYBOY:  You’ve become well know because of your Vintage Vandalizm blog. How did that all come about?

JASMIN:  It all came about because I love writing. My first blogs were on AOL, Xanga, and Blogspot, before I got serious with Word Press. My first blogs were about romance, kind of like “Sex and the City” except that I was terrible at writing about that stuff! Then I got more into fashion, especially when I started thrifting. I wanted to show people that you didn’t have to spend a lot of money to look fashionable, and that inspired me to start blogging about style on a budget. I had no idea it would become as big as it did.

PONYBOY:   After living in New York for your entire lifetime, you picked up and moved to Las Vegas. Tell us about that experience.

JASMIN:  Yes, I had to do it to prove to myself that I could. They say if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. And they were not lying. Sometimes we, as New Yorkers, believe that it is the be-all and end-all; and although it is a great city, it is definitely not. There are still so many opportunities awaiting us all in so many other places. I didn’t realize that until I moved here. I still have the same opportunities, if not more. It has been such a smooth transition and I can’t believe how happy I am to be here. I have my best friend, Santiago, and my wonderful Vegas friends to thank for that. I love my job as a buyer for Pinup Girl Clothing because the people I work with are incredible. I do have things I still need to adjust to, such as missing my family and friends, but luckily I have been able to travel back home to New York four times this year. I’m also still adapting to the different cultures here, but I am learning so much and my experiences, thus far, have been amazing.

PONYBOY:   You have a very close relationship with your mother, who we have had the pleasure of meeting before. From our observation, you seem almost like sisters.

JASMIN:  We are very close and I have a sister that I am very close to as well. I don’t know what I would do without both of them. My mother is a warrior. I have never met someone who works harder than her to put food on the table and smiles on everyone’s faces. The woman carries the weight of the world on her shoulders with such grace, never asking for help. I’m not sure who I would be today without her guidance and encouragement. As for my sister, though she is younger than me, she is so ahead of her time. I could talk to her about anything and she responds to me with compassion and understanding. Compassion is so important. I am glad my mother passed that on to us.

PONYBOY:  Do you miss living on the East Coast?

JASMIN:   Yes, of course! Do I miss the high rents and crappy jobs? N0! But I do miss summer nights in Brooklyn, the winter snow in Central Park, the gorgeous shops in Soho, cutting edge art galleries in Chelsea, and those delicious Crepes at the Creperie in the Lower East Side. I also miss the culture, not just Puerto Rican culture, but New York culture, because that is something very much within itself. Sometimes I think New Yorkers are a different breed of people, however, not in an elitist way. More so, we are just cut from a different cloth than the rest.

PONYBOY:  You work full-time for Pinup Girl Clothing as their womenswear buyer, which sounds like an incredible opportunity. Do you still have the time to contribute to your blog on a regular basis?

JASMIN:  The great thing about Pinup Girl Clothing is that they allow their talented staff the freedom to work on their own projects. I definitely have more time to contribute to my blog, but since most of the work I do involves being on the computer, I sometimes need a break from staring at my laptop screen. I try to do at least a post or two every week, but I spend more of my free time living life than working on my blog! When I lived in New York, I never had time to really live my life. I was always working two or three jobs to stay afloat, and using my days off to dedicate to my website. I very much needed a break, so I’ve taken it easy on myself this year. I basically blog when I can.

PONYBOY:  What opportunities has living in Las Vegas brought you, besides your job with Pinup Girl?

JASMIN:  Well, I now live in a stunning 1960’s home built by Palmer & Krisel, which was something I could only dream of when I lived in New York. It will soon be published in two Las Vegas magazines. I recently taught a retro style class at a great shop called Amberjoy’s Vintage Closet, and will soon be teaching another at the Stitch Factory. I’ve also been extremely fortunate to work with many incredibly talented West Coast photographers whose work I have admired for years. I have only been here for about ten months now, but I’m incredibly excited to see what else Las Vegas has in store for me!

PONBOY:  Are there any projects that you have coming up in the near future?

JASMIN:  I’m currently working on a huge project, but I have to keep it top secret until it is 100% confirmed. So stay tuned!

PONBOY:  One last question, are you dating any gentleman at the moment?

JASMIN:  No, I am not dating anyone at the moment. I ‘m trying to focus less on romance and more on my goals, so I stay out of trouble. However, I am always open to the idea of being swept off my feet by a handsome gentleman who will embrace who I am. Love is a beautiful thing, and I could never say no to that, no matter how busy I am with work!

FLASHBACK!
50’S MENSWEAR

  • Male model Mike Winchester, with the Fusion Agency New York, stars in Ponyboy Magazine men's rockabilly editorial photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Fusion model Mike Winchester, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine men's rockabilly editorial.
  • Fusion model Mike Winchester, photographed by Ponyboy Magazine photographer Alexander Thompson in New York, for a men's rockabilly editorial.
  • Fusion male model Mike Winchester stars in Ponyboy Magazine men's rockabilly editorial
  • Fusion NY model Mike Winchester, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine men's rockabilly editorial by Alexander Thompson.
  • Mike Winchester, photographed by Alexander Thompson, for Ponyboy Magazine rockabilly editorial in New York.
  • Fusion male model Mike Winchester, photographed in Williamsburg, NY by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine men's rockabilly editorial.
  • Model Mike Winchester, from Fusion Models NY, wears a Reckless Ones t-shirt for a men's Ponyboy Magazine rockabilly editorial. Photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York.
  • Fusion male model Mike Winchester, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine men's rockabilly editorial by Alexander Thompson in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Model Mike Winchester wears a vintage rockabilly shirt from 10 Ft. Single New York, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Male model Mike Winchester, from the Fusion Agency NY, wears a vintage 50's rockabilly shirt from Beacon's Closet in Williamsburg, NY. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Male model Mike Winchester, from Fusion Models, wears a Calvin Klein undershirt and Levi's jeans. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for a men's rockabilly editorial for Ponyboy Magazine.

CARNY TIME

MIKE WINCHESTER

For our latest menswear editorial, we booked newcomer Mike Winchester from the Fusion Agency New York. Mike’s classic looks fit incredibly well with the 1950’s rockabilly style vintage clothing selected by stylist Xina Giatas, who matched the colorful carnival setting with vivid and bold pieces. For a trouser, she went with classic Levi’s 501 button up jeans. This traditional piece embodies the 1950’s time period perfectly. And groomer Walton Nunez not only lent his terrific men’s styling skills, but his keen eye for scouting locations and creative art direction.

HELLO
DOLLIE!

  • The Rockabilly Socialite, Miss Dollie Deville, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Various photos of Miss Dollie Deville, also known as The Rockabilly Socialite, with husband Zack Simpson. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The Rockabilly Socialite, with her husband Zack Simpson. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Photos of The Rockabilly Socialite at Viva Las Vegas with husband Zack Simpson. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Miss Dollie Deville, The Rockabilly Socialite, with her husband Zack Simpson. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Assorted images of Dollie Deville, also known as The Rockabilly Socialite, with husband Zack Simpson. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Photos of Dollie Simpson, The Rockabilly Socialite, at home with husband Zack Simpson. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The Rockabilly Socialite, with various girlfriends at events. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Dollie Deville, The Rockabilly Socialite, at various events with friends. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Dollie Deville, The Rockabilly Socialite, photographed at various events. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The Rockabilly Socialite in formal attire, Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The Rockabilly Socialite, photographed at The Rockabilly Prom. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Assorted party images of The Rockabilly Socialite, Miss Dollie Deville. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Photos of the Rockabilly Socialite, Dollie Deville. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The Rockabilly Socialite, photographed with a male friend. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Dollie Deville, also known at The Rockabilly Socialite, in various 50's attire. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Assorted snapshots of The Rockabilly Socialite at various events. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The Rockabilly Socialite photographed at Xmas events. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Modeling photos of The Rockabilly Socialite, Dollie Deville. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The beautiful Dollie Deville, also known as The Rockabilly Socialite. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.

DOLLIE DEVILLE

THE ROCKABILLY SOCIALITE!

Dollie Deville. The blond and beautiful West Coast based 5o’s gal you see at most weekenders has the biggest smile and is always dressed head to toe in great vintage attire. In her highly popular website known as The Rockabilly Socialite, she offers tidbits to the world which range from vintage style tips to the best rockabilly bands. She recently expanded her site to include a men’s perspective from her husband and writer Zack Simpson, who is now known as The Rockabilly Gentleman. We caught up with Dollie to find out about her background, how she met Zack, and what she has in store for the future. Photos courtesy of Dollie Deville.

PONYBOY:  Dollie, please tell us your background. Where were you raised?

DOLLIE DEVILLE:  I was born and raised in Southern California. I’ve been here my whole life. I really am a California girl. I don’t think I could live anywhere else!

PONYBOY:  When did you first start getting into vintage 1950’s fashion and music?

DOLLIE DEVILLE:  I didn’t realize it until I was an adult, but I was influenced at a young age. I remember my grandma would play 50’s songs, specifically “Papa Loves Mambo” by Perry Como, to wake us up in the morning. My grandpa had wired speakers all around the house so you could hear it everywhere. My grandma grew up during the great depression, so she always taught me to treasure and care for what you have. And she did this with all of her vintage glasses and dishes. I also remember another family member having a 50’s Chevy, which he adored. I wore a vintage dress to my 8th grade dance and recall being happy that I was unique. I really starting getting into it as a lifestyle after meeting my husband Zack. He took me on dates to Bob’s Big Boy in his ’55 Ford Fairlane. Those were great times!

PONYBOY: How and when did your successful blog “The Rockabilly Socialite” come about?

DOLLIE DEVILLE:   I actually started the website at a recommendation from a fellow rockabilly blogger. I never thought my life was unique or interesting until someone pointed it out. Then I realized that it might be a great way to get involved in the rockabilly “scene” and help support the music, especially since I am not a musician. I think it started about five years ago and has grown beyond my wildest dreams. It’s actually the #1 rockabilly blog on Google now!

PONYBOY:  We love the site. It is definitely knowledgeable for both insiders and outsiders of rockabilly culture. Where does the inspiration come from for your site?

DOLLIE DEVILLE:  I hardly even need inspiration really. I just write about what I do, what I want to do, or about the things I like. They say “do what you love” and that’s really the case with my site. I never run out of things to talk about. Instead, I run out of time to write it all!

PONYBOY:   How would you describe your personal style now?

DOLLIE DEVILLE:  My moto is “live colorfully”! I love colors and prints. I wear way too many accessories and a bow much too often. But, that’s how I like it!

PONYBOY:   Tell us about the controversial “Wives with Beehives” pilot that you were heavily featured in. That’s how we first became aware of you.

DOLLIE DEVILLE:  I don’t really know what to say that hasn’t already been said a hundred times. Basically, it was pitched like it was going to be a cool show, but in the end Hollywood just ruined it like they always do. It turned into “The Real Housewife’s of Vintage”. It was a great disappointment. It’s probably the thing I am most embarrassed about in my life thus far. However, I have come to peace with it. Nothing keeps me up at night.

PONYBOY:  How and when did you meet your husband Zack Simpson?

DOLLIE DEVILLE:   I met him in 2005 at a pet store he used to work at. I used to go in just to see if he was working. I didn’t even have a pet! I didn’t know his name, so I called him the “pet store boy” when I mentioned him to my family. We joke that I gave him a “forever home” like he was the pet I rescued. I was only seventeen at the time, and never thought I would meet my future husband at a pet store, but life is funny like that. The first thing he ever said to me was that I was rockabilly and I didn’t even know it yet. Boy, was he right!

PONYBOY:  Tell us about his band The Outta Sites.

DOLLIE DEVILLE:  The Outta Sites are the 60’s Mersey beat band he formed with Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague, Pete Curry (both of Los Straitjackets) and Jason Eoff. I love this band because there is no one out there doing exactly what they are doing. I see so many of the same types of bands all of the time, so it’s great to see something so fresh and unique to change it up. Each of the members are insanely talented, and they have great chemistry on stage. They ‘re really a pleasure to see play. The guys are all really nice and even let me travel with them. I have gotten to go to so many new places. I even got to tag along to New England where they played The New England Shake-Up this past weekend. And they will be playing Spain in February for The Rockin’ Race Jamboree. My husband works so hard on his music while also working full time. And I couldn’t be more proud of him!

PONYBOY:  You recently added Zack as The Rockabilly Gentleman on your site. That’s a great idea. What brought that about?

DOLLIE DEVILLE:  Necessity, really. I needed help. He has always been my right hand in the past, so it just made sense. I trust him more than anyone. He is a creative writer, knowledgeable of the music from the inside, and he knows his fair share about fashion. He was just the perfect fit. I am enjoying working on the site more now that he is on board. We also get to have dates disguised as meetings, which is fun.

PONBOY:  What do you have in store for yourself in the future?

DOLLIE DEVILLE:  Who knows! I am kind of up for anything. Zack and I have big plans for the site in the next few years. I am just starting a cookbook that I want to self-publish by the end of next year. I am also in talks with a clothing company to guest design a line for them. Hopefully it all works out!

REBEL
TROUBLED YOUTH

REBEL

50’S STYLE

Juvenile Delinquent. Ponyboy spent a day in the park with model Arik Williams from Adam Models in New York City. Stylist Xina Giatas clothed our model in cuffed jeans, Converse sneakers, sunglasses, vintage ban-lon and other knits. The feel for this shoot was the moral decay of American youth in the 1950’s, B-movies and youth gone wild. With amazing men’s grooming from Michael Duenas from the Cloutier Remix agency, giving us the perfect pompadour!

BETTINA MAY
BURLESQUE QUEEN

Bettina May. Red head. Pin-up model. Burlesque Queen. Always in demand. Always on the go. With bombshell movie star looks, Ponyboy caught up with this beauty recently before she jumped on a plane for a quick chat. All photos courtesy of Bettina May.

THE BEAUTIFUL NYC REDHEAD

40’s-50’s PIN-UP MODEL

  • Bettina May photographed in NYC 2013 at R Bar. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Photo collage of Burlesque Beauty Bettina May for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The beautiful Bettina May, collage for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Photo collage of pin-up model Bettina May for Ponyboy Magazine.

PONYBOY:  You hail from Canada originally?

BETTINA MAY:  Yes, I was born in a little town in British Columbia near Vancouver and moved to Victoria to go to university. And from there I moved to New York.

PONYBOY:  How did you get into burlesque performing?

BETTINA MAY:  I got into it through vintage culture, hairstyles and outfits. I did pin-up modeling first  and through that was introduced to the burlesque world. I basically saw it as a way to explore my love of all things vintage.

PONYBOY:  It really is a true talent, not just something that anyone can do. Who are your burlesque idols?

BETTINA MAY:  I have to give a huge shout out to Dita Von Teese for bringing the modern burlesque resurgence to a more mainstream audience without diluting the art form.  I also love the work of Tempest Storm, Tiffany Carter and Bambi Jones – true legends of burlesque.

PONYBOY:  Have you always been into the  vintage aesthetic? 40-50’s?

BETTINA MAY:  Yes, it has appealed to me for as long as I can remember.  I grew up watching “I Love Lucy” and “Leave It To Beaver” and couldn’t wait to dress like all the stylish ladies I admired onscreen.  I dabbled with 60’s and 70’s styles in grade school and spent a lot of time working on perfecting hairstyles, makeup and collecting clothes from the 30’s-50’s.

PONYBOY:  All that glamour you have…you must get stopped in the street a lot. Do people recognize you?

BETTINA MAY:  People are definitely not used to seeing red lips and precisely coiffed hair out in public, even in New York City. So I do get a lot of attention. Once in a while people recognize me, but mostly they just think I must be someone legitimately famous. People still associate that high level of glamour that Hollywood starlets in the golden age of cinema flaunted with celebrity, so I get asked if I’m “somebody” quite a bit.  Short answer: No! Hahaha!

PONYBOY:   Are you a natural redhead?

BETTINA MAY:  While red hair runs in my family  and I prayed for years that it would come in, my dreams did not in fact come true. I took matters in my own hands.

PONYBOY:  In your burlesque career, what has been your favorite performance?

BETTINA MAY:  Oh goodness, that’s a tough one!  Every time I get on stage is my next favorite because I enjoy being up there and sharing my love of dance with every person in the audience and feeling their enjoyment reflected back on me.  I think the one I’ll always remember was during my first European tour in 2007. I performed in a beautiful little club in Lisbon, Portugal to a gorgeous, perfectly dressed audience of vintage culture enthusiasts. Unforgettable!

PONYBOY:  Who was your favorite celebrity to perform for?

BETTINA MAY:  Performing for Brooke Shields was my favorite experience. We got to meet her after the show. She was so lovely, genuine and sweet – everything I’d hoped she’d be.

PONYBOY:  What brought about your Bettina May Pin-up classes?

BETTINA MAY:  When I started performing I had so many ladies come up to me after shows asking me for hairstyling and make-up tips. After a while of trying to explain the finer points of a proper roller set in a loud night club to drunk fans, I decided a proper class was in order.  The first class in 2006 was a great success. And since then I’ve brought my class around the world and tour the US with it at least once per year.  It’s been amazing to see how life-changing it can be for my students. It’s truly heart-warming.

PONYBOY:  Congratulations on your green card. Any big plans for the future?

BETTINA MAY:  Thank you so much!  It seemed an impossible task, but now that the US Government has declared me an Alien of Extraordinary Ability in burlesque and pin-up modeling, I’m inspired to set much larger and loftier goals.  I’m currently booking another European tour for Spring 2014, and lots of other exciting projects are in the planning stages that I need to keep under wraps for now.

BRANKO
WELL SUITED

  • Branko from the Fusion Agency NYC, photographed for Ponyboy magazine men's editorial by Alexander Thompson.
  • Branko wearing Ralph Lauren and Paul Smith, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Branko wearing Schott, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana, J. Press and Jack Spade for Ponyboy Magazine. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Branko models Thomas Pink and Double RL & Co, for Ponyboy men's editorial. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Male model Branko in Giorgio Armani and Brooks Brothers. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Branko models Salvatore Ferragamo and Double RL & Co., photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Branko models Jack Spade, Versace and Black Fleece for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Branko in Pendleton, Burberry, Gucci and Brooks Brothers for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Branko in Black Fleece, Brooks Brothers, Gianfranco Ferre and Valentino. Photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Branko wears Burberry and Gianfranco Ferre, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.

SHARPLY DRESSED

OLD MEETS NEW

Our stylist Jules Wood mixed both old and new designers for this story that we shot with model Branko from the Fusion Agency in NYC. Topcoats, pea coats and leather jackets paired well with gabardine shirts, silk ties and wool trousers – all giving a strong retro feel for the modern man. Labels included Giorgrio Armani, Thomas Pink, Jack Spade, Valentino, Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers. Sharply dressed indeed.