Sabina Kelley is Ready to Rock(abilly)

If you haven’t been able to find a tin of pomade in a 50-mile-radius over the last couple of days, it’s because the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender is back at The Orleans through Sunday. While tickets for the full event are sold out–meaning you can’t last-minute gameplan for the tiki pool party and the burlesque competition, which is kind of tragic–you can still get into Saturday’s car show. A car show, we might add, that’s headlined by Little Richard and Dick Dale. And also has the Miss Viva Las Vegas pin-up competition, so it’s probably worth your $30.

Tattoo pin-up model Sabina Kelley will be there in a special Sailor Jerry Airstream trailer signing autographs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The native Californian is a Vegas resident who judges the tattoo competition show Best Ink on Oxygen (headed into its second season April 3). We caught up with her to find out about living the rockabilly life, and tattoo-spotting at Viva.

What are you looking most forward to at the event?

Honestly, the car show is huge. It’s gotten bigger and bigger every year. I love seeing all the amazing cars that show up there. It’s a lot of fun to meet new fans and see my friends.

Are you really big into the cars?

I am. I have been for a long time.

Do you have a vintage car?

I have a ’65 Impala.

Did you trick it out at all?

No, I’m actually going to get patterns put on it and make it all low-ridered out.

What got you into the whole rockabilly thing?

I’ve always been into the old vintage ‘40s and ‘50s pin-ups. Growing up I always looked up to Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager. I was always into that scene and the music and the cars. The vintage lingerie and the vintage clothes. I kind of just fell into it. It was something I always was into. I never thought of it as a career, being a pin-up model. I just did it for fun. It just kind of snowballed and wound up being my career. I got lucky.

What do you think of the local rockabilly scene here?

Honestly, I don’t even know much about it anymore in Vegas. I don’t really go out that much anymore. It’s usually when I’m doing big events and stuff. I don’t know how it is now. I know there are some good bands that play, and I know the car scene is pretty good. The Lucky Cheats, I’ve been on the cover of one of their CDs.

What’s the best tattoo you’ve seen at Viva?

It’s got to be done right, but I really like the pinstriping. That’s awesome. Like the little designs they put on cars, I’ve seen people get that tattooed, and if it’s done right it looks incredible. That or I really like pin-up tattoos.



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