On August 2, 1876, while playing poker at Nuttal & Mann's Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood (then part of the Dakota Territory but on Indian land), Wild Bill Hickok could not find an empty seat in the corner, where he always sat in order to protect himself against sneak attacks from behind, and instead sat with his back to the door. His paranoia was prescient: he was shot in the back of the head with a .45-caliber revolver by Jack McCall. Legend has it that Hickok, playing poker when he was shot, was holding a pair of aces and a pair of eights of the black suits (sometimes considered "bullets"), with the fifth card disputed. The fifth card was either unknown, or some say that it had not yet been dealt. The game was interrupted by Hickok getting shot.[link] [link]
I'm sure there are some cards out there somewhere that have skulls on them. I couldn't find any stock of cards that I needed so I had to create everything for the joker card and I also had to change the other four cards to Aces and 8s. I'm glad I had to do all of that, though, because it just makes the piece more of my own work.
I really like your piece. That's pretty crazy how similar works can end up being. You know what they say... great minds think alike.
I always knew where the name for that hand came from I just didn't know the story behind it. Once I read the details about how Hickok was killed I was inspired to make the piece. I think it's a great story of the west and an interesting one that most people would like to hear, that's why I included the long description.
Well you did good.. I was just doing a wood banner for a tattoo parlor and this one guy came up that had been doing tats for 25 years now. and told me to do a dead mans hand, I agreed to it before I even knew what it was... so yup I did my research.. and yup you and I are on it.. there are are 3 different stories, I think the set of cards you took is the one that has the strongest truth, mine is the set that is displayed in the Smithsonian, I couldn't decide which one to take.. but I figured I'd keep that 5th card obscure... I almost said screw it and was going to blur it out... keep rock'n the photo manipulation, you are good
bitchinblackFeatured By OwnerFeb 9, 2007Professional Digital Artist
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