Bolo ties

This rather unusual bolo tie was made by Newcastle-based artist Carlos Rosati, who works under the name The Cloud Commission. Carlos is a graffiti artist, and is influenced by all sorts of street and naive art, including the work of railroad hobos – which I think is reflected in this tie.

I also have a bolo tie in the shape of a diamond, but carved in wood, similar to this. Carlos made that too. I wear them with the three remaining western shirts I still own, having done a fairly massive clearout of shirts earlier this year.

There’s some discussion as to the origin of the bolo tie, but there’s little doubt they first found favour in the West and South of the USA, with strong links to Mexican and Native American cultures, and of course, cowboys.

So popular are these ties, that the State of Arizona made they their official neckware in 1971 and New Mexico designated the bolo as their official neckwear in 1987.  It’s also th state tie of Texas. Which is exactly what you’d expect isn’t it?

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~ by Lord Leigh Park on June 21, 2011.

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