October 27, 2023
Here's a shot of the 66 Kids Day of The Dead lunch, today.
Yes, these are the loyal and talented boys who are helping me build the 66 Kids brand, and we all met for lunch at Los Dos Molinos in South Phoenix to eat great food and plan our upcoming launch. The owner Carlos took this photo of us, along with the lovely—and quite dead—Lupita Mi Hija in the garden of the alleged former home of Tom Mix.
I didn't realize until my tour of Missouri with homeboy Mark Lee Gardner, that the whole gunfighter ethos and look of the Wild West was essentially born with the rise of the Bushwhackers during the Civil War. And, they weren't just two-gun boys. These kids (and they were mostly youngsters) often carried four and even six pistols so they would have more firepower in horseback encounters with Yankee troops.
Refreshed another image for my Jesse James book, yesterday.
"Bushwhacker From Hell"
Sometimes I get down on my work and beat myself up pretty badly. This morning, Carole Glenn shared with me this quote:
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
—Martha Graham's advice to dancer Agnes de Mille