Russell painted other versions of cowboy fun, but when it came to a tenderfoot dancing to the tune of a .45, he obviously took extra delight in the performance, which had the ring of an initiation rite—the West introducing itself to the East. Presumably, if the dude proves himself a good sport there will be slaps on the back and a round of drinks afterward. But no matter the outcome, the tenderfoot is the future and will one day displace his tormentors.