March 4, 2008 Bonus Blog Post
Sold another scratchboard today. One of my favorites: of Wyatt Earp backing down the mob on Allen Street in front of the O.K. Corral. The guy stole it for $500, but hey it went to a good home.
Meanwhile, been workin' the face of Mickey Free for several days now:
Trying to get a consistent likeness. Not easy. He has one-eye, he's scarred, he has red hair, and as Al Sieber famously described Mickey, "He's half-Mexican, half Irish and all son-of-a-bitch."
"I just had a laugh after Mike told me to go to your blog and look at our old photo circa: 1971
"It's funny, the first time I saw Mike at your Mom's house, north of Bethany Home, I thought he looked like a cross between a Samurai warrior and Bobby Goldsboro. ( Hey--I was only 17 and very impressionable.) Man, I can still remember him ringing out the chords of 'Cinnamon Girl.' I was sold immediately, that guy made it sound authentic!! Still does.
"I saw No Country the other night, noticed the close resemblance you described.
"As for my 'do' in '71, all I can say is 'Carrot Top probably owes me royalties!!!'
"Looking forward to the event this month. I'm sure it'll be fun.
"The girl in the photo is next to me is Dee Messana or 'Rotor Butt.' We back-packed in Europe all that next summer.
"Saw a lot of work by Monet, Van Gogh, Toulouse Latrec, el Greco, Bosch, Goya, Gauguin , Seurat--very exciting. Been looking at your work. You are freakin' prolific!!! It's great to do work that you like!!"
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