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Style: Tokyo Rockabilly Club

The Tokyo Rockabilly Club have attained cult icon status for their distinctive combination of huge Elvis hair, yakuza tattoos and love of 50s rock ’n’ roll. Their classic greaser look is inspired by the Japanese street culture, known as “rokabiri-zoku” (the rockabilly tribe), that is modeled on the American rock ‘n’ roll movement of the mid-1950s. Every Sunday at Harajuku’s Yoyogi Park the TRC will be out showing off and dancing to rockabilly, blasting from huge boomboxes. Rockabilly became popular in Japan in the late 1950’s but quickly faded, resurfacing again in the late 70’s and continuing to this day. Look at these cats, mile-high hair, leather pants and duct-taped cowboy boots – they got it goin’ on. And as my dad used to say “The higher the hair, the closer to God”.

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