‘Naked Indian’ Joins Naked Cowboy in Times Square
Indian Country Today
Tourists who’ve visited Times Square in New York City have undoubtedly witnessed the Naked Cowboy, a man clad in only a cowboy hat and briefs strumming a guitar and singing. He now has cheeky competition: Adam David, described as an “aspiring actor,” who struts around in a feather headdress and briefs and bangs a hand drum.
Yes, he calls himself The Naked Indian.
“No one was doing an Indian,” David told the New York Daily News. “[The Cowboy and I] have a word-of-mouth contract. This country was built on handshakes and word-of-mouth agreements. I don’t lose, I always win.”
Yet the Daily News report describes a showdown of sorts, with the Naked Cowboy insisting that the Naked Indian must join his team (Naked Cowboy Enterprises) or face a lawsuit.
This may be a bitterly ironic situation for an Indian—a turf war, and agreements that aren’t really agreements—but is David an American Indian at all? That part isn’t clear; in press coverage to date he has not claimed any particular heritage or tribal affiliation. Here is some video of the Naked Indian in action:
The Naked Cowboy (real name Robert Burck) has been doing his shtick in Times Square for, by his count, “13 years and change.” If you’re wondering whether David is the first to try the Naked Indian act, the answer is no, he isn’t. There has been at least one other Naked Indian—here’s a comedy clip (with a “happy holidays” message at the end) which features a Naked Indian meeting the Naked Cowboy just last year. You might not want to watch this: