I should warn you: Every time I run into a Black man on the street who is dressed in western gear, I will end up drawing a picture of him, and he will end up on this website. The reason is simple. Black men dressed as cowboys in the 21st century are rare enough that they always attract my attention, and if you attract my attention, chances are you will end up as a drawing on 8-Rock.com. I think it also has something to do with my pleasure in seeing an African American man with the audacity to walk around the city dressed in an outfit that is strongly associated with country western music and culture, neither of which is perceived as particularly friendly to Black people. Unfair as it may be, the association of country western music and it’s fans with somewhat more racially conservative values and beliefs is fairly widespread, particularly among that majority of African Americans who live in the American south.
Thus, when I see a brother strutting around the streets of Oakland or San Francisco–or anywhere, for that matter–it signifies as a bold refusal to let any one tell him what he should and shouldn’t wear, by they Black, white, brown, or anything in-between.
So, this drawing is my high-five salute to the brothers in cowboy hats, bolo ties, and wild western boots. A tip of the hat and a “yeeeeee haw” to every last one of you…
Ajuan Mance (8-Rock)