December 28, 2010Old photographs inspire me. Case in point, John Langellier recently pitched us on doing a feature on frontier army bands, as in musicians. He sent along a bunch of great photos and one of them, taken at Promontory Point on the day of the final spike ceremony, May 10, 1869 caught my eye. This image was one I had never seen before:
As usual, I check out all the bystanders. Perusing the spectators, I found this guy:
I really dig that hat, and, in fact, it appears to me to be the kind of hat Doc Holliday probably wore in Tombstone. This inspired me to illustrate this:
"This is funny."
—Doc Holliday's last words, when, on his deathbed, he spied his bare feet (he predicted he would die with his boots on)