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Trash & Treasure From The Triple B Garage

August 3, 2014

   Down to the wire. Got a big truck steaming my way even as I type this, with a large palette of "The 66 Kid" hard bounds (500). The problem is, I keep finding little treasures in the trash heaps. Like this:

Daily Whipout: "Billy's Last Gasp"

This is the original pen and ink drawing, framed but dusty and the price on the back is $300 but I wouldn't sell this for $30,000. It's one of the best illustrations of Billy I have ever done, and, as you know, I've done plenty. It breaths, it's him and it's authentic to the evidence. I can't believe no one bought this when it showed at Suzanne Brown's Gallery in Scottsdale in 1992. Anyway, this was worth the cleaning right here.

I keep unearthing tons of postcards in various boxes. Here is just a small sample of the hundreds of postcards I have found so far, in my garage:

Postcard City From The Triple B Garage

Yes, that's a postcard for the play "True West" at bottom, left, the stage play by Sam Shepard. The funniest card is the Brokeback Mountain, upper left, second card down. On the back is a note from PH that says, "Sure looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks! Yee Haw!" Of course PH is the Top Secret Writer, also known as Paul Andrew Hutton. The postcard, just above the Brokeback card, is the card for Dreamscape Desperado, the very successful museum show on Billy the Kid that Paul Hutton curated way back in 2007.

Here are some sketches from my college fine art classes from about 1968, or, they could be later, when I took classes at The Scottsdale Artist's School in the 1980s.

Brokeback Model, Series 69

Nude Descending A Staircase To Heaven

Found this heavily patina laden mono-print of a certain dentist at a certain street fight:

Daily Whipout: "Doc Waits His Turn"

I must say the garage and the packrats worked to give this a certain grungy bonified treasure aspect. Found this, below, in my Famous Faces file. What do Desmond Tutu and Evan Mecham have in common?

Daily Whipouts: "Desmond Tutu The Fiery Orator vs. Evan Mecham The Flaming Governor"

There's a ton more, but I've got to get back to cleaning, or I'll never finishing in time for that truck to unload.

"Trying to run a brand with a cold iron don't save no time."

—Old Vaquero Saying


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Comment by Kent Fevurly on August 3, 2014 at 10:14am

Have to agree with you, Bob.  That illustration of BTK is perfect.  It expresses the tragedy of a wasted life. 

Comment by Sue Cauhape on August 3, 2014 at 9:12pm

Love the composition of Billy; that deep empty space between him and the knife in the center of the sketch. Beautiful.

The nude male model certainly earned his pay that day. Those poses were tortuous to hold for any length of time.

About a year ago, I read Shepherd's play, "True West" and tried to imagine the mess those two characters made on stage. Their mother has only a few lines, but I can certainly relate to her shock, dismay, and immediate abandonment of the whole scene. It would be a fun play to watch.

Comment by Murray A. Gewirtz on August 4, 2014 at 1:37pm

In the "Gunslingers" episode about BTK they show him shirtless when he is shot by Pat Garrett. What did Garrett and subsequent witnesses say about the dead Billy's appearance?

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on August 4, 2014 at 1:47pm

Not much. We all wish Garrett would have expounded on what he was wearing, his hair. Did he really have a beard? Of course, this lack of description only feeds the conspiracy folks who claim he didn't see the Kid and COULDN'T describe something he didn't see.

Comment by Sue Cauhape on August 4, 2014 at 3:58pm

How many men pay attention to what another man is wearing, whether or not he had a beard, or how he wears his hair, especially when they shoot someone? C'mon, guys! Besides, everybody back then knew pretty much what Billy looked like and may not have cared one way or t'uther what he was wearing when Garrett shot him. 

Comment by Edward M Sullens on August 4, 2014 at 5:58pm

I believe it was Deluvina Maxwell that later said Garrett ran out of the room and wouldn't go back in. She said it was she, that had to identify Billy's body. This lends credence to the story that Garrett shot the Kid in the dark. I think Garrett was terrified of the Kid and with good reason after the killing of J.W. Bell and Bob Ollinger.


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