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Dead Man's Hand by DefiantHeart Dead Man's Hand by DefiantHeart
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]
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:iconthecrookedfox:
TheCrookedFox Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Very cool.
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slawler114 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Great work! I'm interested in using this for a tattoo, but only with your permission of course :)

I could also send a photo of the final result if that's okay. What do you say? :D
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MajesticElk22 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Ohmg. I just realized a while ago, that i was born, on the exact same day that Hickok was shot in Deadwood! :+fav: That is so cool! :D
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J4CKTH3J0K3R Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
love this pic. can i use this pic for a video on youtube? you'll be credited in the video for the picture. the video will be ace of spades in a jokerized mix.
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Sure thing.
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:iconlunarstudioxk:
lunarstudioxk Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I thought he had a queen as a kicker
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:iconfirehearttheinferno:
FireheartTheInferno Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, nice depiction! The skulls are a nice touch, even the blood ..:bleh:
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:iconfireilluminator:
fireilluminator Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Man... this IS... AWESOME!!!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Thank you :)
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:iconx-werewolves-rule-x:
X-Werewolves-Rule-X Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
heh... this is one of my favorite urban legends. good job, dude. (or dudette)
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
You had it right, I'm a dude. :)

And thanks, I'm glad you like it.
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:iconarmandalucard:
ArmandAlucard Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
Really amazing perfect!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Thank you. :)
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:iconmemer-ryu:
Memer-Ryu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Great job. It's just awesome!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Thank you very much and thanks for the fav. :)
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Yanina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Great work!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
Thank you :)
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:iconyanina:
Yanina Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Your welcome ^^
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saintcassidy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Gorgeous!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Thank you :)
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:iconseya88:
seya88 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
That's surely your better work
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Thank you. And thanks for the fav as well. :)
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devilkitten1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007   Traditional Artist
Oh this is nice and informative! Bravo!
do playing cards actually come with skulls on them like this? I've never seen any before.
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thank you. :)

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. :)
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:icondevilkitten1:
devilkitten1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007   Traditional Artist
Neat! knowing that makes this an even better pic! Smashing job!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
Thank you. I'm glad you like it. :)
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:iconderivativeofmalice:
DerivativeOfMalice Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Really good portrayal of a cool story. Looks great
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
Thank you very much. :)
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k0nh4 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Wonderfull!!!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Thank you :)
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Lobscur Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I like your job on this picture. It's so good
"The dead man's hand" or "la main du mort" in french [link]
Delighted
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
Thank you very much and thanks for the fav as well!

It sounds so much cooler in French. :)
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:iconlobscur:
Lobscur Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah in French "la main du mort" it's so good ;-) Good job !!!
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Koljan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hah! :lol: Nice this one!!!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Thank you :)

And thank you for the fav as well.
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galaxicity Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
great legend. love it when an image makes you think. definitely a fav! :thumbsup:
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
Thank you and thanks for the fav, I really appreciate it. :)
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:iconfuneralis:
funeralis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad deal for the man...
Nice work :blackrose:
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
Thank you very much. :)
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karolanegb Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Student General Artist
Nice idea!! I love it ;)
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
Thank you! And thank you for the Fav as well. :)
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WrongState Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Well darn it, you get featured for something I did awhile back, and mine was Acrylic on wood for a tattoo parlor [link] ....your discription is totally on it.. good job...
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DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
:) 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.

I'm glad you like it. :)
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WrongState Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
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
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bitchinblack Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your deviation has been chosen to be part of my Friday Fotomanip Features! These features are picked for their quality, their obscurity, and for the credit the artist gives to the stock providers. If you do not wish to be featured, please let me know. :D

You can view the journal entry here: [link]
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:iconkajm:
Kajm Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
The story caught my eye before the skull did- very nice work!
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Thanks :) The story is what made me want to make the piece.

I'm glad you like it.
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LadyYuna88 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Student Writer
Wonderful concept. :D This is... amazing. Deserving of a favourite.
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:icondefiantheart:
DefiantHeart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Thank you. It's much appreciated. :)
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SSMcLeod Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Very nice :D
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