Holding on for dear life for 8 seconds - that’s what bull riders train for all their life hoping to manifest their dreams of cowboy stardom and price money.
Over the course of four years Lili Tanner has documented bull riders at the “Wild Thing” bullring competition in Gallup, New Mexico.
On this particular frontier cowboys and Indians ﬁght the same ﬁght against wild bulls and their own gravity. They embrace a brotherhood of easygoing competitiveness in spirit but also one of support for one another. Friendship and camaraderie are easily detectable in these riders bound together by youth, strength and their shared pursuit of their quintessentially American happiness.
The iconography and mythology of the American West prevails here - denim, leather and even the ﬂowery prints radiate frontier masculinity and authenticity. “Wild Thing” is not a book about the sport of bull riding. It’s a glimpse into the world of bull riding and the ﬁerce men and women who pursue it with style.