Elvis is a regular at Mi Tierra Cafe and can be seen dancing, standing, or posing for the cameras in historic areas, such as The Market Square, River Walk, and RiverCenter Mall, in downtown San Antonio, Texas. I got to sit down and talk to him about his journey and how he became Elvis. Here is what he had to say.
Brenda L. Flores: What made you impersonate Elvis?
Elvis: Ever since Elvis came out in the 1950’s I was a huge fan. I liked his music, his style, and I started dressing like him at age 12. To me, he was the best ever. I been a fan of Elvis for along time. Elvis was my teacher and idol.
Brenda L. Flores: When did you start dancing at the Mercado?
Elvis: I started dancing at the Mercado like 2 years ago to help a friend that was sick. People started telling me that I had hidden talent, so I kept it up. My favorite song is the Jail house rock. I have turned down 5 offers. If I accept them they will try to reproduce me. And I am not for sale. Also, my bag does not say donations. They give me money naturally. I have no training. I have studied the best. My favorite artists are Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, and Michael Jackson. I consider them the four Aces. They have asked me,” What is your style?” My style is a style with a style.
Elvis: Write this down. I want to be known as Hispanic Elvis from West San Antonio. Not Mexican Elvis or Latino Elvis nor a West Sider. I’m not from Mexico. Elvis said, “I enjoy what I do.”
I enjoyed chatting with Elvis. He even shared some of his wisdom with me. Some of his wisdom includes;
My Time, My Terms.
I’m not for sale.
I’m nobody’s puppet.
I know what I want to do. I know what I have to do. I am very confident in myself.
And I don’t need anybody to prove my streets.
If you want to see him, head over to the historic Market Square, where you’ll find him wearing a cape, huge aviator glasses, scotch tape and food wrappers accessories created by him.
If you see him stop by and say hi or take his picture. Brenda L. Flores