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Kinky Friedman poses for a photo though a cloud of cigar smoke at home on his ranch in Medina on Dec. 12, 2013.

Essay: Life on the trail with Kinky

A Texas Tribune editor recalls working on the 2006 independent gubernatorial campaign of Kinky Friedman.

The Kinky Friedman for Governor campaign headquarters in Austin had a store offering a large variety of merchandise, including t-shirts, caps and bumperstickers. Each purchase, at the store or on the road, was recorded as a political contribution.
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The Kinky Friedman Campaign's main image was done by Austin concert portrait artist Guy Juke. The campaign relied heavily on the colors for much of its art direction.
The teardrop trailer designed by Austin artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade for Friedman's campaign. Widely known as the Gov Bug, it was usually full of merchandise and pulled all over Texas by campaign staff, but it was also pressed into service to deliver some of the tens of thousands of petition signatures to the Texas secretary of state for verification.
Kinky Friedman kisses a very young puppy at his home on his Medina ranch in December of 2013.

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