Ah, the old west. It was a mystical time, filled with real cowboys roughin' through tough terrain and even tougher hardships. It was a time of hats and ropes, buckles and bullets, saloon doors and dust. Also, meerkats.
What, did you not read about the Maverick Meerkats in your school's history class? They were only the biggest, baddest cowboys in all the land. They dueled and chewed on straw and rode horses backwards, just like your grandaddy talked about.
Naw, we're meer-ly kat-ing, but check out this great collection of images by Paul Cocken anyway, and buy yourself a calendar of these Mavericks, like a true American.