Clownvis the King of Clowns: Is it Tribute?
EL SEGUNDO, CA. The Elvis subculture is a diverse population of fans, producers/managers, and entertainers. These are people, individuals, whose varying degrees of admiration for Elvis Presley seek to take part in his legacy. Mike Leahy is one of those individuals who has carved out his niche in the Elvis subculture as Clownvis the King of Clowns.
It is easy to make a quick judgment about Leahy’s alter ego. Is it tribute? Is it just an act? Is it disrespectful? I had my reservations about Clownvis the King of Clowns when I met him at the Is Elvis in El Segundo? contest at the Rock & Brews restaurant. I asked him if he was an Elvis fan and he said, yes, then stated his upper left arm adorns a large Elvis tattoo I didn’t ask to see. He would have had to strip down his jumpsuit. So, I dug a little deeper and…
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