Mikaela. Age: 27.
With his tighty-whities, cowboy hat and strategically placed guitar, Robert Burck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, has been a fixture in New York City's Times Square for more than 15 years. But Burck's life today has changed quite a bit since he started his solo act back in the late '90s. In those early days, he was the only Naked Cowboy in town, performing in his underwear even when the temperature dropped below freezing. Today, Burck is just as dedicated to his work but has since built his brand into a franchise that includes 11 naked cowboys and cowgirls -- one of whom is his wife.
Abigail. Age: 26.
The Naked Cowboy
Greta. Age: 29.
The Naked Cowboy
It's rare that any individual human being becomes an essential tourist landmark the late Chief Henry comes to mindbut The Naked Cowboy real name: Robert John Burck has earned his place in any NYC visitor's itinerary with his relentless devotion to self-promotion and his day in, day out dedication to booty shakin' for the masses. Although he started his buff busker routine back in Venice Beach, California inhe's been a Times Square fixture for a decade. Always up for a light grope from nervous female fans, he's a walking, talking pectoral photo op. He's not actually naked, of course, and shows up even in the dead of winter packed into a pair of tighty-whities, sporting a matching white cowboy hat and boots -- the boots adorned with a carefully-lettered reminder to tip.
Robert Burck has been singing and strumming his guitar dressed in nothing but underwear and cowboy boots almost every day since By Jenny Powers. Throngs of selfie stick-toting tourists weave in and out of the paths of costumed cartoon characters looking to pose for photos in exchange for tips.