RIP OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN | GREASE THE MOVIE WAS A BIG DAMN DEAL IN 1978, AND STILL IS!

With a cigarette held between her scarlet red lips, Olivia Newton-John electrified John Travolta in the legendary movie musical of 1978. Throwback to the most scandalous rock’n’roll look of cinema.

In 2019 Julien’s Auctions organized a ‘Grease’ auction. Among the 500 items offered-up for auction were the hot black leather jacket, and skin tight leather pants worn by ‘Sandy,’ in the legendary finale scene. Much of the proceeds were donated to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, created by the actress herself as she has battled breast cancer since 1992.  The total sale of those two pieces alone fetched $405,700 dollars, or about 360,000 euros. Spanx founder Sara Blakely bought the pants.

GREASE was the highest-grossing movie of 1978. For a while, GREASE was the third highest-grossing movie of all time, behind Jaws (1975) and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
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NEW TEE DESIGNS: NOWHERE FAST’S “WINGED WHEEL” & OUR TSY “CHINO ~ THE WILD ONE”

The Selvedge Yard is stoked to partner once again with Devyn Haas, the design genius behind NOWHERE FAST for the “WINGED WHEEL” collection that has now launched in our TSY ONLINE SHOP!

“NOWHERE FAST~ WINGE WHEEL” TEES DESIGNED BY DEVYN HAAS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SELVEDGE YARD!
NOWHERE FAST “WINGED WHEEL” T-SHIRT COLLECTION AVAILABLE IN OUR TSY ONLINE SHOP!

*** THESE TEES ARE MOVING FAST! LITERALLY! LIMITED RUN OF 50 T-SHIRTS! ***

THE DETAIL AND SHARPNESS OF THE DESIGNS… YOU’D SWEAR IT WAS HAND-PAINTED WITH A FINE PIN-STRIPER BRUSH!

“NOWHERE FAST” Kustom Designsprinted on 100% Cotton Tee! 

WINGED WHEEL” TEES designed with~ (5) different screens, (2) colors each, (3) unique designs on each tee! There’s a lot of love in this tee~ so it ain’t cheap!

Left Chest Print: Small WINGED WHEEL” original art, dope!

Back Print: Large “WINGED WHEEL”original art, Hell yes!

Tag Print: Original NOWHERE FASTinspiration by Devyn Haas, dig it!

Designed by: Devyn Haas ~ Renowned Philadelphia artist, builder, and DJ!

BACK DESIGN OF THE NOWHERE FAST (BLACK W/GREY + CREAM) “WINGED-WHEEL” COLLECTION
TSY “CHINO / THE WILD ONE” T-SHIRT AVAILABLE IN OUR TSY ONLINE SHOP

RICHARD NORTON AUSSIE BODYGUARD OF THE BIGGEST BANDS | MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE STAR

STEVIE NICKS WITH RICHARD NORTON, SECURITY AND BODYGUARD FOR FLEETWOOD MAC, CIRCA 1976-77.

By age 17 Richard Norton was a karate black belt working security for nightclubs and serving as chief instructor to 500 karate schools nationwide. He landed a big job in the 1970s as security / bodyguard for The Rolling Stones during the band’s Australian tour and experienced his first brush with the demands of global celebrity. Norton trained with Mick Jagger in 4:00 a.m. workouts after concerts. His competency attracted a dazzling roster of other rock star clientèle including James Taylor, ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie and Linda Ronstadt, who invited him to California as her bodyguard. Before Aussies invaded Hollywood in posses, Norton ventured there alone.

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WHEN THE CLASH DESCENDED ON AUSTIN | ROCK THE CASBAH MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT, 1982

WHERE WERE YOU IN ’82? Good lord, can you believe that The Clash’s Rock The Casbah hit the airwaves and seeped into our living rooms 40 years ago! Remember when Mtv seemed to be on 24/7– especially on those lazy days of summer when we were glued to the TV like zombies waiting to see our favorite videos… To this day, I cannot think of many music videos that had the same impact on me as The Clash’s- ‘Rock The Casbah,’ and ‘Should I Stay Stay or Should I Go.’

Joe Strummer’s cousin, Iain Gillies coincidentally lives in Austin, TX where the music video was shot just a few months before MTV had even officially launched. The music video for “Rock the Casbah” was filmed by director Don Letts on 8th & 9th of June, 1982.
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BUNNY YEAGER’S LEGACY OF EROTIC ART PHOTOGRAPHY & MIAMI’S “JEWISH ORGY”

THE STUNNING MODEL-TURNED-PHOTOGRAPHER BUNNY YEAGER, 1965.

There are many interesting, historical bits to discover in the Bunny Yeager Archive at the University of Miami Special Collections. Bunny Yeager was clearly the “world’s prettiest photographer,” and was into “finding regular girls around Miami,” in the 1960s. She had famously photographed Bettie Page in several exotic locations across Florida too.  

BUNNY YEAGER AND BETTIE PAGE
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BIKINI BEACH, 1964 | HERE FOR DRAGSTERS, KEENAN WYNN, PATTI GALLAGHER & BIKINIS

ACTRESS PATTI CHANDLER WITH A TOMMY IVO DRAGSTER IN “BIKINI BEACH”

Straight-up, this 1964 movie was low-budget, razor-thin but popular “beach movie genre” of the day. Keenan Wynn whipping around on his Triumph w/sidecar makes me happy, and enough to keep me glued. And TV Tommy Ivo was Technical Advisor and had a large hand in the shaping of this film by including his own primo dragsters, and getting Dean JeffriesMantaray in the movie as well. I’m going to highlight the shots that I think are top-tier eye candy, better black & white, and many not from the film.

PATTI CHANDLER WALKS THE LINEUP OF DRAGSTERS ON THE SET OF BIKINI BEACH MOVIE, 1964 (THAT IS NONE OTHER THAN DEAN JEFFRIES “MANTARAY” IN THE BACK!)
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DEBBIE EVANS | STUNTWOMAN + AMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTED MOTOCROSS / TRIALS RIDER

Debbie Evans is considered one of Hollywood’s top stunt women. The writing was on the wall from the age of six when she started riding motorcycles in her hometown of Lakewood, California. By the age of nine she started competing in the sport of motorcycle trials. Her father, David Evans competed in motorcycle observed trials and she grew up attending motorcycle competitions and learned her riding and trials skills from her father. He is an icon himself, having been featured in the seminal motorcycle documentary movie, “On Any Sunday.”

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GREY T-SHIRTS MATTER | THE UNSUNG HERO: SUPER-SOFT HEATHER GREY TRI-BLEND TEES

CRAIG VON SCHROEDER / CO-FOUNDER OF COMMONWEALTH PROPER / PHL – ATL – PITT WEARING OUR “FTW – SCREAMIN’ EAGLE T-SHIRT” IN HEATHER GREY, TRI-BLEND JERSEY

OUR TSY “FTW SCREAMIN’ EAGLE TEE” ON CRAIG VON SCHROEDER / CO-FOUNDER OF COMMONWEALTH PROPER / CUSTOM & RTW CLOTHING CRAFTED IN THE USA

The Selvedge Yard definitely sells a lot more black tees than any other color. I get it. I love black too. When I’m not wearing a black tee , I’m wearing a Heather Grey Tri-blend T-shirt. It’s a perfect mid-weight 50/25/25 blend of poly / combed ring-spun cotton / rayon knit that reduces shrinking, and is super-soft.

I like how Tri-blend tees age with wear, getting softer with each wash and gradually breaking down to feel perfectly aged like your coveted, old vintage poly / cotton blend gym shirt.

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SERGE GAINSBOURG’S “HARLEY-DAVIDSON” SUNG BY BRIGITTE BARDOT ON FRENCH TV, 1967

Brigitte Bardot singing on a Harley-Davidson built by Parisian custom motorcycle pioneer Maurice Combalbert. The H-D Flathead was used by Bardot as she performed her wacky love proclamation to the iconic motorcycle on her 1967 French television special— Brigitte Bardot Show. Serge Gainsbourg was watching her performance of his “Harley-Davidson” song from the wings. She included “Harley-Davidson” as one of 15 songs on her 1968 album Brigitte Bardot Show.

Do not miss the video below of Brigitte Bardot’s performance, and the cool stage set.

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THE MORMON METEOR III | THE JENKINS BOYS OF BONNEVILLE RACING ON A RIBBON OF SALT

The newly completed Mormon Meteor III at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1938. Note the original exhaust manifold that was later replaced by individual stacks.

“This is the story about two men, father and son, their racing cars, their lives and the salt flats where they ran their most famous trials. Ab Jenkins was the son of Welsh immigrants, first a carpenter by trade and then a prominent building contractor, who grew up with the automobile and found a new career in driving cars fast but safely.”

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