This morning, Aaron Escobar sent me this shot of a memorial to "Rickey the Pirate" on 6th street, downtown. A quick internet search revealed that Rickey's full name was Rickey Taylor and he was a well-known face in the area. He was born in Texas and grew up in Watts, and lived on the streets downtown for over thirty years. He died this past Tuesday, June 17th, at the age of 67.
LA Downtown news posted this announcement of Rickey's death, with a photo of an earlier incarnation of the memorial. The LAist says, "If you've spent any amount of time in the Historic Core, you've probably run into Taylor. You might have even offered him a few bucks for the head shots he hands out that feature him in his trademark pirate hat. He was always outgoing, friendly and often smiling or offering up an "argh."