Ringo Clothing Myths

Having just come back from Wyatt Earp Days in Tombstone Arizona, I am confounded by a few myths that popped up repeatedly regarding Ringo’s costume.  I am going to tackle two of them here.  I won’t say much as pictures speak louder than words.

Myth #1: Ringo wore black pants… FALSE!

Contrary to popular belief neither Ringo’s pants or jacket were black.  They were a pinstriped GREY and were made from the same material.  Please see the images below for proof of this.

Johnny Ringo’s Grey Suit

Johnny Ringo’s Grey Suit

Myth #2: The Dragon on Ringo bib shirt has its head at the top of the bib and is highly detailed… FALSE!

Contrary to the belief of the few who even realize Ringo has a red dragon on his shirt, the dragon is one color, without great detail (mostly due to the single color of embroidery) and has the head at the bottom of the bib.  The head at the top myth is most likely due to the discontinued Dragon Bib shirt, previously made by Wah-Maker, as seen below.  Also, of note, Ringo’s bib shirt is light grey, not black.  Again, please see the images below for proof.  Please note, the prototype dragon in the third image is only a work in progress.  It is meant to show the general position and posture of the dragon but the details aren’t accurate yet try this out.

Ringo Dragon

Ringo Dragon

Ringo Dragon Compare

5 comments on “Ringo Clothing Myths
  1. Alan says:

    What a great web site. The 1993 movie Tombstone is my favorite also. We are slowly trying to make many of the major gun rigs in the movie. At present we have Wyatt, Virgil, Morgan, Doc, Ike Clanton, Curly Bill, and the Buntline holster. You can see us at Thanks Alan

  2. Alan says:

    My previous response left out our phone (678) 423-7351 and our web site for rigs from the movie “Tombstone.”

  3. Jeff says:

    Um, you are using a hollywood movie as your source for historic authenticity…?
    Wow, and who cares what these people really wore?
    This is so silly I could not help but laugh.
    Have a great day ^_^

  4. Mike says:

    Nice work on your research of the Johnny Ringo outfit from the movie “Tombstone”. I am working on a similar outfit now for my “cowboy action” persona. I have found it is really hard to find good stills of Johnny’s outfit from the movie. Thanks for pointing out the details.

  5. Mark says:

    I know a lady who worked as the head of costumes and props at Old Tucson when they filmed Tombstone. She helped on it and other Westerns made out there. She can make very good copies of any of the clothing used in the film. Problem is is that she has so much work it takes time to get her to make it. BTW, the Undertaker Shop in the movie (Johnny Ringo falls into a coffin knocking it down) was my Undertakers Museum. They used several items in the movie including our costumes and hats for the funeral scene. The hats we still have due to a lucky mistake my friend made. The clothes he might still have. The rest burned in the fire sad to say. Love your page and your passion!