16 Tons

16 Tons

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Mixed Media - Acrylic on Wood Triptych   
10 x 12 in


The title of this triptych refers to the haunting old song performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford. When I think of Roman, the rough, road-raised biker cat, I hear this tune. He may not have shoveled coal in the mines like the man in the song, but he is a blue-collar fellow who has certainly spent a life time earning his stripes.

He's a force to be reckoned with and a folk legend unto himself. His hands speak volumes, scarred, weathered, thick and worn.

"One fist of iron, the other of steel. If the right one don't a-get you, then the left one will."

-Sixteen Tons written by Merle Travis