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The Original Rhinestone Cowboy

Loy Allen Bowlin has had an influence on my work because of his use of rhinestones and his compulsion to decorate just about anything in his possession with them. Known as “the original rhinestone cowboy”, Bowlin achieved folk art cult status to the likes of Nudie Cohn and Reverend Howard Finster. His Cadillac, wardrobe items, eyeglasses, and even dentures, glistened with rhinestones. After Bowlin’s death in 1995, the Koehler Foundation acquired his house and moved it to the corporation’s museum in Wisconsin.

Bowlin's "Beautiful Holy Jewel Home of the Original Rhinestone Cowboy" in McComb, Miss.

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