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Nickey, who withheld his last name for legal reasons, shows the ”KILLER” tattoo on his right arm on March 8. His tattoo depicts a fighting cock like the ones he raises at his family’s trailer deep in the back country of Appalachia. The fights are Nickey’s only income source in a region ravaged by the boom and current bust of the singular coal industry. Gabriel Scarlett/HERALD