In this design, the artist wanted to highlight the connections of the old ways with modern life. The overall design represents the struggles one goes through in life, the ups and downs, the good and bad, the past and the present. To stand-up for what we believe in, whether it be popular or not, takes great courage and belief.
"The Native Outlaw Design was a break from the more traditional aspects of my artwork. Here I wanted to do something that showed the Native American in modern life. We, as a people, may hold onto our culture and traditions, but we do live in the modern world and need to find a blend that works on both ends. On saying this, I have found that, as with all my designs, when I am at a promotional event and start talking to many people about my designs, I am hearing each individuals life stories interwoven into my artwork. Each person's own interpretation of my work has had a strange effect on the piece. What had one meaning to me, when I started the design, evolved into many meanings and understandings through the experiences of others. I think this is what art and design must do; it must be given life to grown and expand, to teach, give strength, inspire and comfort.".... Melvin War Eagle.