Some people enjoy seeing the tombstones of such historic Wild West characters as Doc Holliday, Alfred (or Alferd) Packer, Warren Earp and the McLaury brothers. Others prefer seeing the living showgirls of the modern West, namely Las Vegas, Nevada (what can be more modern West than that glitzy neck of the desert? Certainly not Las Vegas, New Mexico). But does anyone like to see tombstones and showgirls together? Well, keep looking, pard. Call this a test, one too hot—or perhaps too cold or downright weird—to be handled in the print edition of Wild West.
The creative man behind the project is Bob Stinson, a showman who lives in Las Vegas among the showgirls (“Not a bad thing,” he admits) but also digs (no, not literally) Old West graveyards. “One of my life’s biggest passions is Western history, and I am drawn to old cemeteries,” he says. “I came up with the idea of taking pictures at grave sites of Western icons and adding some sex appeal by incorporating Las Vegas showgirls. It’s fun for me, and the girls like it. There’s no downside.”
Old West cowboys spent countless hours in the saddle, of course, but they usually had more than just cows on their minds. “Let’s face it,” Stinson says, “after a long, dusty trail drive, the one thing that kept those cowboys trudging forward was the dream of holding a soft, sweet, perfumed dancehall girl.” As far as we know, those cowpokes rarely met up with those dancehall girls on some stark boot hill, but having dancehall girls, or showgirls for that matter, pose in a saloon isn’t exactly being creative. “Instead of just showing dusty old tombstones, I spice things up,” Stinson says. “Men love this idea, and even women can appreciate a beautiful showgirl. The unique contrast, the incongruity, is what I am looking for.”
We think he found it. But judge for yourself. Bob Stinson took all these pictures—we only looked at them.
For more information about Bob and his brother Rick (aka the Stinson Brotherz), who had aspirations to turn pro hockey players years ago before landing a recording contract, visit www.stinsonbrotherz.com.