The Naked Cowboy in NYC's Times Square
Giddy Up, Cowboy!
The Naked cowboy has been strutting his stuff in Times Square since 1998, entertaining the crowds of tourists. Locals also stop to say, Howdy Cowboy! Women swoon over his muscular physique. How could they not? He obviously puts much time and effort into looking that darn good.
Believe it or not the Naked Cowboy has a real name. On a cold winter day in Cincinnati, Ohio Robert John Burck was born. He had just missed being a Christmas Day baby since his birthdate is Dec. 23, 1970. I bet his family never imagined he would become a Naked Cowboy on Times Square.
Actually, his profession is a marketing marvel. A company could slap any logo on his rear and chances are their product will sell. Place the logo on his hat! On his boots! On his well hung guitar. That's all you got folks because this cowboy's wardrobe stops there.
He very cleverly places the guitar over his man parts to give people the illusion that he is naked. But, as we all know Indecent Exposure is against the law, so Robert got all his bases covered.
The Naked Cowboy Booty Shot
Naked Cowboy Swoops Women Off Their Feet
My daughter and son-in-law recently spent 6 months in NYC for work. And of course a lot of play time too. They often posted photos and shared their many experiences, such as Broadway plays, museums, Jimmy Fallon show, meeting Jake Gyllenhaal etc...They had an amazing 6 months.
The day before they were due to fly back to Florida, I remembered that my daughter still hadn't sent me a photo of the Naked Cowboy! Michelle said she had seen him many times, but didn't consider it a photo op!
WHAT? Where did I go wrong? Your mother is a country music fanatic, loves everything about country music...how does NAKED COWBOY not register in your mind to send your mama a photo?
Hence, these photos were promptly delivered to my phone within hours. The temperatures for this photo shoot were 20 degrees with a wind chill that would cause major shrinkage. Thank you, once again dear daughter for thinking of your mama. Thank you, dear son-in-law for shooting the pictures. You now have my permission to board your plane back to the Sunshine State!
This cowboy has a gentle, playful way of swooping women up off their feet. He took my daughter by surprise, a happy surprise since she is quite entertaining herself. He also, with permission, will incorporate booty grabs into photos...Michelle passed. As did David.
One day maybe I will get to meet the Naked Cowboy, he could pick me up, heck he could swing me around or just use me as a guitar pic...until then I am so glad my daughter and son-in-law got the chance to have some fun with Robert John Burck.
Oh no, they didn't!
Robert had trademarked the Naked Cowboy name. Of course, he did...genius!
Mars Incorporated Candies tried to exploit the Cowboy's image.
Robert claimed that the candy maker had used his persona by outfitting a dark blue M&M with boots, hat, underpants and a six-string guitar.
They used this promotional gig as an animated cartoon that ran on two video billboards in Times Square.
After a lawsuit and an undisclosed settlement, chances are good that Mars will never play that tune again!
Michelle was swept off her feet by the Original Naked Cowboy!
To Busk or Not...
The Naked Cowboy is a Street Entertainer, also known as busking. Buskers have been around for centuries. They entertain throngs of people with their many talents and to earn tips.
Some of the busking talents are acrobatics, balloon artists, clowns, comedy, drawing caricatures, dancing, singing, fire skills, fortune tellers, jugglers, magic, mime, musical performance, snake charming, sketching, poetry, sword swallowing...etc.
There are so many artistic people in our world and busking seems the way they could get noticed and earn money while they are living their passion. Busking is done by men, women and children. There is no age or sex discrimination. If you got it, flaunt it! The Naked Cowboy took that statement literally!
The Naked Cowboy began his busking journey in Dec. of 1997 in Venice Beach, LA performing in public places for gratuities. In 1998 he took to the streets of Times Square and has been a fixture ever since. In rain, sleet, snow, heat...just like the postal service, The Naked Cowboy is sure to deliver the entire package.
And the entire package includes his many talents...He is an actor, singer, songwriter and writer. Why hasn't Nashville swooped the Naked Cowboy off his feet yet? Only the record moguls in Nashville could answer that question.
In 2009, the Naked Cowboy performed at a Rugby game in Dublin, Ireland in front of 18,000 fans...I bet the boys stood at attention for that performance! Possibly some dribbling too, even though that is against rugby rules.
In 2014, the Naked Cowboy was sponsored by Fruit of the Loom and he switched from wearing briefs to boxer briefs. Hey, whatever works for him, works for us too! As long as the fit is a comfortable tighty whitey, don't want the Naked Cowboy in distress while playing his tunes. I bet Fruit of the Loom sales rose to the occasion with that deal.
Grooving with the Naked Cowboy
President of the United States! Say, What?
In 2010 The Naked Cowboy obviously needed a challenge. He decided to run against Barack Obama for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
He was one of the more than 300 lesser known Americans who had registered with the Federal Election Commission to run for the highest office in the land.
He is neither a Republican or a Democrat so he ran as a member of the Tea Party. He did not receive the support he needed to continue with his run.
Needless to say, that idea went full circle, just like when you listen to a country song played backwards. You get your dog, wife, home and truck back...the Naked Cowboy went right back to his regular gig.
But I give him credit for trying. Hopefully he didn't feel like a ding dong!
On the flip side, he is now an ordained minister so if you are looking to get hitched, how about asking the Naked Cowboy to perform your ceremony?
Naked Cowboy via Facebook
What's a Naked Cowboy Without Some Music?
The Naked Cowboy starred in three videos:
- Cake's "Short Skirt, Long Jacket"
- Tyler Hilton's "When It Comes"
- Nickelback's "Rock Star"
He also released an album in 2007, titled "Year Of The Cowboy" which is available on iTunes.
The Naked Cowboy Marries his Cowgirl, Oh Nuts!
The Naked Cowboy started as a solo act, but has since grown into a franchise which includes 11 naked cowboys and cowgirls. One of those cowgirls became the Naked Cowboys wife.
On February 15, 2013 the Naked Cowboy was married to Patricia Cruz. Patty is now known as the Naked Cowgirl. She was an entertainer herself, a belly dancer.
At the start she was too shy to perform as a Naked Cowgirl, but has since became quite a star and enjoys performing for the crowds of spectators.
However in Dec of 2014 she allegedly reported to the police that he pushed her.
Yet, no charges were filed and the supposed dispute was over basically before it started.
Possibly a case of "Tag, Who Looks Better Naked?"
I wish the Naked Couple good luck with their marriage.
It can't be easy being expected to perform in weather conditions that are at times inhumane, even their privates need some privacy at times.
I gotta say, I'm impressed with the Naked Cowboy's journey...he kicked up dust, went forth on his solo busking journey.
He is now estimated to be worth about $4 million dollars! Wow! I salute you!
Way to go, Cowboy! Naked or not...you earned your cold hard cash.
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