Depp drew from a painting by artist Kirby Sattler titled "I Am Crow." "The whole reason I wanted to play Tonto is to try to [mess] around with the stereotype of the American Indian," he said. "That makeup inspired me … It just so happened Sattler had painted a bird flying directly behind the warrior's head. I thought: Tonto's got a bird on his head. It's his spirit guide in a way. It's dead to others, but it's not dead to him. It's very much alive."