Friday, May 8, 2009
This picture was taken in about 1911, and shows a Mexican Bandit on horseback. I really like looking at the detail of the picture, and try to see what all is on him and his horse. I notice that he is wearing his bullet belt around his waste. I consider this to be poor form. I much prefer the bullet belts over the shoulder, and I would consider the ultimate in bandit fashion to be two bullet belts, one on each shoulder, and crossing in the middle. I would give him high marks on his hat, both in its style, and the way he wears it somewhat on the back of his head. He definitely carries himself well on a horse, and has mastered the facial expression needed for the job. I believe in this line of work, having the right look would be as important as other skills such as shooting and using a knife. Again I note, with the long string of revolutions in Mexico, it is a matter of opinion who the good guys were, and who the bad guys were. So, understand the word bandit is simply referring to his appearance, and I do not mean to suggest he was on the wrong side of the struggle.