there’s this picture. that we just can’t quit staring at…
because it feels very, very surreal.
yes, that’s billie joe armstrong of GREEN DAY standing by his JG airstream.
maybe it’s because the memory of listening to my dookie tape (you read that right…the cassette tape…in a tape deck) is so vivid…and sitting up late, late at night watching insomniac theater on VH1 just to catch their latest videos. it’s because there is something about GREEN DAY that makes them larger than life. because they are the kings of punk rock. the rock ‘n roll hall of famers that are not only one of the best selling bands of all time but they are also a testament to the american dream and to the fact that really, really, REALLY big dreams really can come true.
because i know you agree with me when i say that it is wildly RANDOM that we received a call one day from billie joe armstrong’s wife, adrienne armstrong. i mean who in the whole entire world could have ever predicted that? green day is calling US? us little ole junkers out here in texas? i remember the day amie called to tell me she had just hung up the phone with adrienne armstrong…i was at the roller skating rink…ummm, yes that’s right…i was at the roller skating rink. apparently adrienne was wanting a very special gift for billie joe for their 20th wedding anniversary….and we were just the ones for the job.
here it is in her words…
“Billie Joe & I met in my home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 4, 1990. Four years later on July 2, 1994 we married in the backyard of our Berkeley, CA home. We have been on an epic adventure ever since – raising kids and animals, creating a home, working and traveling and experiencing the many ups, downs & in-betweens of life together as a family.
As our 20 year wedding anniversary was approaching, I knew I wanted to get him a vintage Airstream. We had talked about getting one over the years and how fun it would be to travel the coast, stopping at surf breaks along the way. I started looking online for interior ideas and Miranda Lambert’s and Dierks Bentley’s Airstreams kept coming up in image searches. So I tracked down The Junk Gypsies. I would have tried to do the project myself but I didn’t know the first thing about Airstreams. I was hoping they could fix it up and make it work for him. This has been such a fun experience working with them. They truly got what I wanted to do for Billie Joe. To create a surf shack on wheels. A cozy, laid back space to hang out & drink his morning coffee while listening to his favorite records. This cute baby is going to be with us for this next chapter in our family adventure. And I am so grateful to Amie & Jolie for making this happen.
here’s their sweetest-ever wedding picture from 20 years ago…
and here is billie joe and adrienne with their kids when GREEN DAY was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame last month…
and here’s proof that amie and i are much better airstream renovators than we are rockstars…although there is some serious inner-rockstar wannabe action happening here…
i won’t mention the fact that while filming this, i think i threw out my neck (how do they do it??….maybe i’m not rockstar material….i’m also tone deaf).
but in all seriousness…we’ve spent about a year getting to know adrienne, and their love for each other is really so amazing and so authentic. we’re in love with their love story. it is the REAL DEAL. and, there is no doubt that adrienne is possibly one of the sweetest souls we’ve ever known…and that, together, they have conquered the world. and we are so incredibly thankful from the bottom of our texas hearts that we were able to be a part of this story…because it has added such a wonderful, inspiring, and sublimely beautiful piece to our junky puzzle of life.
we’ll be posting lots of pics soon so y’all stay tuned!!! and get ready for tonight!!! #TGIJF with us and green day!!! wooo-hoooo!!!
May 22, 2015 16 Comments
one might ask what is it about an airstream? why are they so appealing? why, after 80 years on the road, are they still timeless?
and i think, i know the answer.
airstreams are romantic. they are mysterious. they infer adventure and freedom and wanderlust.
from the griswalds to rockstars & movie stars…
they are the great american roadtrip.
our love affair with airstreams began long ago…it began with our love of the road.
“keep your eyes on the stars & the stars in your eyes.” ~wally byam
from roadside eateries…
to filming our HGTV series….
and now…DiERKS BENTLEy‘S junk gypsy-fide airstream will be featured this SATURDAY, MAY 12 on HGTV…
and did i mention…
that airstreams are sexy?
(and yes, i do realize this is not an airstream buuuut it’s james dean, y’all…so for the sake of my daydreamin’-airstreamin’-james deanin’ blog…i’m calling it an airstream. so there.)
May 10, 2012 21 Comments
“west, on a plane bound west,/i see her stretched out below./land, blessed mother land,/the place where i was born./it’s been a long, hard ride,/got a ways to go./but this is still the place,/that we all call home.” -home, dierks bentley
this is us. with dierks.
in his newly decked out AMEriCANA-style airstream fit for a road warrior/troubadour/family man. compliments of the gypsies. we’ve known dierks for several years now and he is possibly the nicest guy ever.
we can’t help it. we’re lovers of all kinds o’ music.
from country to rap, from bluegrass & southern gospel to arena rock & big hair bands. from solid country gold to newfangled jams (one might say we have commitment issues).
“hey now, honey child we’d be runnin’ free & wild/dance around in the dirt/listen to them crickets chirp./hear old jake start to howl,/when he hears that ol’ hoot owl./give you all i got to give,/that’s how we live up on the ridge.”
this album was a huge inspiration to us as we embarked upon one of our latest projects with dierks & HGTV…
dierks has a new album being released tomorrow. the title track, home, is as comforting as apple pie and as graceful as those amber waves of grain. GeT it HERE!
& y’all don’t forget to watch for dierk’s new ‘gypsy-fide’ americana troubadour airstream in an upcoming junk gypsies-HGTV episode this spring!!!
February 6, 2012 13 Comments
chapter 7: HoME on the RaNGE…the big ReVEAL, moonlight MarSHMaLLow RoasT, & cowgirl campfire singin’
s’mores under the moonlight, dances with GypSIES, & the big ReVEAL 2 MiRANDA….there’s still soooo much to tell about our past month or so of craziness…
and by the way…here’s a pic of me driving that sweet ride…yep, my dad’s proudest moment…
As most of you know, we junked out MirANDA’s tour bus a couple of years ago (pics here)…and just like that project, MirANDA wanted to know NOTHING about ANY details as the project was in progress. in fact, despite BeV’S (miranda’s mama) prodding she wouldn’t even read our first blog entries for fear it would give something away…
soooo here it goes…amie removes the VeLVeT rope…
showing her the custom ‘JuST LiKE a gypSY’ sconce…handcrafted by TeXAS TrASH in CarMINE, TExas!
XOXOXO to LinDA and RiCHARD HaMiLTOn!
annnnd then she got chills….(which i think is a good sign)
and amie explaining the DRuMs-turned-into-coffee-tables story… (read here if you missed it)
we hugged, we loved, we laughed, we cried…we showed her the inside, and the outside…
a group shot of the SiKES fam and MiRANdA…
and when the sun tucked in for the night….
it was time to have a good ole-fashioned, all-AmERICAN, SouTHERN StyLE hot dog and marshmallow roast…yee-haw!
y’all stay tuned! ReVEAL video coming soooooon!!!!
HeADS up y’all!!!! NeW section added to our GypSYViLLE online store! AiRSTREAM gear and the tee MirANDA has on all riGHT heRE!
AnD BiGGO huGE ConGRATS to MiRANDA…makin out like a bandit at last night’s ACM awards!
sooo proud of you, SisTER!
April 19, 2010 14 Comments
Let’S rewind a bit…when we first received the gutted AiRSTREaM, we hadn’t made any real decisions on the decor…or the theme…or how we were going to pull it all together in basically a 2 week time frame…
but as soon as we stepped inside that awesome tin can on wheels, we knew whatever we did, it had to involve… GLITTER ViNYL..yeah, baby!
we had several options on creating the main seating area….
we could: a) build in a ‘booth-style, u-shaped’ seat to wrap in the entire nose of the AiRSTREAM (of which we later realized the window was too low and the costs were going to be realllllly astronomical), b) use old bus seats (could be cool…but gotta find some in a crunch), or c) move the seating area to the OTHER end of the trailer and put the bar in the nose…
none of these really fit our fancy…we knew that this would be the main focal point of the AiRSTREAM…and we wanted it to be a cozy, cosmic, and most of all GRANDIOSE lounge for MirANDA and company to put up their feet and relax after a big show.
we remembered an old 1800′s leg-less VicTORIAN sofa we bought from HECtoR years ago.
aside from the fact that the sofa was slightly dry-rotted, didn’t have legs, and was nestled deeply within the stacks of furniture and junk at our warehouse, we thought it just might work….
we channeled StEPPENWoLF’s MagiC CarPET riDE and envisioned the sofa with legs, fringe, studs, and most importantly… HoT PinK GLiTTER VinYL…
April 15, 2010 6 Comments