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My love and devotion to Billy The Kid has inspired me to create art that reveals the legend in a new light. Did you know that Billy had a cigar/cigarette in his right hand? Thanks, Amigos!

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Comment by Gold Lady on July 30, 2014 at 4:44pm
Great work! I love it.
Comment by Dave McGowan on July 30, 2014 at 8:42pm


Comment by Kent Fevurly on July 30, 2014 at 9:29pm

I'm guessing he wasn't too concerned about the long-term effects of smoking.  Looks like a see-gar to me, but I'm a non-smoker, so I'll defer to the experts.

Comment by JC Brown on July 31, 2014 at 2:57pm

This is one of two photos from the old West that when I look into the subject's eyes, I feel I know the man.

Comment by Marcus Huff on July 31, 2014 at 5:58pm

Nice work.

Comment by Edward M Sullens on July 31, 2014 at 6:35pm

Take another look at those eyes J.C. You might just want to rethink that statement!!

Comment by JC Brown on August 1, 2014 at 7:42am

Ed Sullens: Explain, please.

Comment by Edward M Sullens on August 1, 2014 at 9:21am


Look again at those eyes. I see no emotion in them, no intellect, cold and remorseless. These are the eyes of a young man who has looked into the eyes of the people he's killed and watched the light go out of them. He has killed his own kind and will do it again and again. In some cases, as with Bob Ollinger, just for fun!! Are you really sure you would want to KNOW this man???? A misunderstanding, an offense to his dignity, anything that gives him an axe to grind and he may bring those eyes to bear on YOU!!

Comment by Jim Brake on August 1, 2014 at 12:18pm

Thanks for the comments. I made three "Blue Billy" versions last Sunday. Gunslinger, Outlaw, and Gambler. Since then, I've realized I had the pistol holster all wrong, so I am planning on a revision. Here is the other versions.

Comment by JC Brown on August 1, 2014 at 1:12pm

Jim Brake: The lighting in this photo has caused controversy as long as the print has been known.  I believe what you're seeing as a cigarette in his right hand is a reflection of the lighting on a knuckle.  The treatment of the mouth in the first version is the best you've shown so far.

Ed Sullen: You've taken my statement far beyond what I said or intended.  I've looked into a man's eyes and seen him for what he was; an honest, hard-working, easy-to-get-along-with person.  I have also seen that same person empty a .45 into another man with no regret.  Which is to say, you don't always get what you see.  I've avoided the old adage of book/cover.


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