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“KILLER” reads the tattoo on his right arm that also depicts a fighting cock like the ones Nickey raises at his family’s trailer deep in the back country of Appalachia. “Sometimes we fight over by the graveyard,” Nickey explained. “My momma’s cousin is buried there and she always loved the chicken fights, so we fight by her grave.” The fights are Nickey’s only income source in a region ravaged by the boom and current bust of the coal industry. Gabriel Scarlett/HERALD