Born in Jamaica, Queens, Cooper is a Herron Art student and organized Spectrum, a recent exhibit for minority art students. He grew up on Long Island in Freeport and just moved here from Brooklyn. He was working in the film industry in art departments and art directed two hip-hop music videos (“Mind Sex” by Dead Prez and “Stupid Mutha F**ckas” by Group Home). He was a member of the now-defunct group Nobody’s Dummy and also played bass guitar for a Latin and black NYC local hard rock band known as the Cannibals. Q: What are you reading now?
A:: Right now, Chip Kidd (monographics) by Véronique Vienne — a book about the graphic designer of that name. And skimming through Japanese Comickers by Harper Design International — a book about Japanese Anime and Manga artists.
Q: What do you think about the Indianapolis art scene?
A: It is very accessible to the community. However, at times, it seems that this community is largely lacking a minority presence. But that can change.
Q: What inspires you.
A: I’m inspired by Bruce Lee, music and the competitive edge of NYC.
Q: Drug of choice?
A: If they legalized Ganja — I think that I would prefer it, although I’ve never tried it before ... ever.
Q: Who is your favorite politician?
A: Anyone who has the good of the people at heart.
Q: What is the hardest thing about what you do?
A: It is the constant wonder if this is what I’m really meant to do ... in life ... on a cosmic level.
Q: What is your favorite commercial?
A: Any one of the many on Cartoon Network. It’s the only channel I watch.
Q: Three people you would invite to dinner? A: Shaka Zulu, Bob Marley, Bodhidharma.
Q: Can love be pornographic?
A:: It is at my house.