COOP’s “Memento Mori”

Tuesday, May 01, 2012, 9:24 AM

Coop’s “1949 Mercury” was our largest print ever... until now. We started trying to figure out a sequel as soon as the ink on the Mercuries dried, and we’re happy to release it today: “Memento Mori.”

It’s big!

We tried a new paper when printing these: Arches 88. The paper is smooth, soft, thick, and—lacking any sizing—completely disintegrates in water. Printing an image with big solid blacks like this dry (and with as much punch as we wanted to give it) proved to be a bit of a challenge. Dry paper is likely to crack and pull under pressure, and is less receptive to ink; printing dry you walk a fine line between patchy, under-inked solids and sloppy, over-inked linework.

But a day of trial, error, and trickery later we’d ironed out the kinks and arrived at a great print. Killer blacks, razor sharp edges, a deep deboss... giving this awesome image the huge, precise presentation it deserves.

A quick trip to LA to get them signed...

...and we were ready to go. We only printed a regular edition of 25 of these, so get them while they’re hot: “Memento Mori” is available now on

The Print:
  • Printed from an original COOP image
  • Arches 88 printmaking paper
  • Hand-printed relief in black ink
  • Hand signed by COOP

The Certificate of Authenticity:
  • Custom designed, embossed, and perforated
  • Signed and numbered by the artist

The Edition:
  • Released May 2012
  • Print size is 42” x 30”
  • Edition of 25
  • 5 printer proofs
  • 5 artist’s proofs
  • 1 bon à tirer


Anonymous said...



Damien said...

very beautiful detail work. respeck!

Anonymous said...

Too expensive

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. So much hard work goes into these prints to get them perfect the way you do Brad. They make a bold statement at this size. Great stuff!

Ice Pandora said...

Hey guys I have a
question about
pressure printing o:

I draw stuff with
pencils on a normal
piece of paper. Now
I am wondering how
you guys pressure
print it, like the
one you did with
Audrey Kawasaki one!

Thanks xx

Laura Brentley said...

Awesome details, and the etching-like strokes are mad. Yeah, pretty huge print, but the quality is amazing. great job guys!

Friendly Media Inc said...

Impressive blog and nice detail of printing.