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Teddy Boy Greg - Even More Ink
After following Teddy Boy Greg, the Edwardian Barber, around for a year, documenting his growing collection of ink for the last Rebel Ink issue (#22 2013)....

After following Teddy Boy Greg, the Edwardian Barber, around for a year, documenting his growing collection of ink for the last Rebel Ink issue (#22 2013), I realized that the story will only be finished when he no longer has any more space for ink on his body. Luckily, the Head Cats In Charge at Rebel Ink felt the same. I met up with Teddy Boy Greg for the fourth time recently. Still with the hot Marlboro, he tells me that he has got plans to vacate America for the grey skies of England. 

"I just turned 30 and I've got nothing to keep me here. I can pack up my clippers and split. There are a lot of opportunities over there for me. I plan on going next summer. I can do my barbering to make money and just see what happens. Plus, the rockabilly scene over there is more authentic. There really is no rockabilly scene in America. Never really was. It's just a few people dressing up now and then for a show. Most of them wouldn't even know some of the artists I have tattooed on my body. I just got portraits of Johnny Burnette, Charlie Feathers, and Johnny Kidd done myself. Not the most recognizable names in the States, but these guys are seminal rock and roll stars. The rockin' crowd in Europe know these artists. I think I'd fit in much better over there. The only thing keeping me here is that I have tattoo appointments up until next June. I'm getting work done by Bob Tyrrell and Nikko Hurtado. Along with Fernie at Inkslingers in Alhambra, they are the best portrait artists in the world. I'm going to get my whole back and chest covered with rock and roll legends: Bill Haley, Crazy Caven, Gene Vincent, even Hank Williams. I'm getting Little Richard done on the other side of my neck, opposite Richie Valens. I'm even thinking of getting Floyd the Barber from 'The Andy Griffith Show' done somewhere."

I question Greg on the rumors about him being racist: "A lot of people think I'm crazy and racist. It's not true. I just don't have a censor on myself. I say what I think. People are overly sensitive these days. I say some funny stuff and it gets taken seriously. If I was a racist, would I have Richie Valens on my neck...or Little Richard? I'm just different. People don't get me. Like the rebel flag; it's not about being racist, it's about the fact that the south was where rockabilly was born. It's a sentimental thing with Teddy Boys. It gets taken out of context because a lot of people have their minds made up about me before they even talk to me. Without black artists, there would be no rock and roll. Without rock and roll, there would be no rockabilly."

 

Teddy Boy Greg, the Edwardian Barber, cuts at:

Jake's Barber Shop

4561 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Eagle Rock, California 90041

Old School Barber Shop

Any type of hair and type of cut

Been in business since 1948

 

teddyboygreg53@gmail.com

Facebook.com/TeddyBoyGreg1953

 

Teddy Boy's Tattoos were done by:

 

Sid Stankovitz (Sid's Tattoo Parlor in Santa Ana, CA)

Fernie Andrade and Vetoe (Inkslingers / Alhambra, CA) 

Adam Warmerdam (Dark Horse Tattoo / Hollywood, CA)

Richard Stell (Pair-O-Dice / Tulsa, OK / Still in construction as of press time.)

Charlie Roberts (Spotlight Tattoo / Hollywood, CA)

Rick Walters (Shamrock Tattoo / Hollywood, CA)

Danny Vasquez (Electric Pen Tattoo / North Hollywood, CA)

Shon Lindauer (Queen Street Tattoo / Honolulu, HI)


Photos and story by Dig Wayne

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