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© Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo- Artist 2011
This is a portrait of Blackjack Mulligan, my childhood hero in the 70s. It was a real challenge to paint btw. I will always have a special spot for him. I had a chance to write him and he wrote me back 3 emails and one hand written letter. Believe me, I was HAPPY! He was about my age in this portrait, he is now 68. At 6’ 9" and 310 pounds he was in his day the biggest wrester out there at the time before Andre the Giant hit the scene. He’s been in many bouts with the Giant both in and out of the ring. Andre use to love to pick fights with BJ, because he knew he’d get a good fight.
The big man held 18 different titles before he retired from the ring. One such title was this beautiful USA heavy weight championship leather belt. It’s the same belt Ric Flair held at one time. BJ was one of Flair’s mentors back when he first started and the belt was to be passed to Flair. They at one time had a very close friendship, even had their homes next door.
The black and white photograph below is of back in the old school days, the man on the left is Black Jack Lanza, BJ’s tag team partner at the time and the little guy in the middle is Bobby the Brain Heenan
For those who don’t know Blackjack Mulligan besides being a pro wrestler, he is Berry Windham’s father and a real cowboy who lives on a real ranch and rides horses, the works. BJ was also a pro football player before he broke his leg. He played for the NY Jets. He’s a Christian and has been married to the same woman for over 45 years. :)
Done in photo shop, the same way I did “The Squared Circle” lasso selection and flat colors only. there is NO photograph in this
Gems Gone Unnoticed
Blackjack Mulligan is the bigger feller on the right