666 Questions with Coop
COOP doesn't play. If you tell him you're going to have a couple dozen questions emailed to him, and you shoot them to him, when you come back from your little party, there they are, answered, beautifully, honestly, no problems, no worries.
The man is a pro. He takes his art just as seriously. Well, as seriously as you can take big-tittie devil girls and hot rods and demons and now Atari joysticks.
He's your next door neighbor who just happens to be ridiculously successful and talented and living the dream of every teenage boy who fancies himself an artist, classic car enthusiast, and fan of the nude female form. If you pay attention you'll see that everyone is smiling in his work, and the canvas is clean, and the lines are sure, and the colors are bright. These are the happiest chubby naked S&M girls you'd ever hope to meet.
He collects Japanese toys, takes pictures of low-riders, and blogs as he creates one iconic modern-day classic after another. Having graduated from rock poster art to ginormous canvases, your favorite neighbor is the friendly Satanist next door who quietly goes about his business of kicking ass in six hundred and sixty six ways.
As he readied himself for "Brand Recognition", opening Saturday 9/9 at sixspace, his first show since 2004, COOP was the cover boy of last week's LA Alternative, sat down with our pals Boing Boing for a video chat, and now answers our little questions here about Nirvana, hamburgers, and his lack of having a presence on MySpace.
1. How long have you lived in LA?
I've been out here since '88. I moved to California because I had a friend who offered to put me up for three months. Unfortunately, he didn't really clear this with his wife, so I was on my own pretty quickly.