23 June 2007

Dude who crashed the Shepard Fairey art show could get 15 years for stink bomb

Some more details about the foiled stink bomb incident at the Shepard Fairey show that we reported on the other day.

24-yr-old Alan Cooper of Bushwick was arrested for attempted arson?!, after he tried to set off a stink bomb in a DUMBO gallery. Cooper was acting with "an accomplice", who got away. What happened to the stink bombs you just step on and they shatter and release that rotten egg smell? Who lights stinks bombs?!

Even the Daily News is talking about this:

Cops later led Cooper away in cuffs, but not before the artist, Shepard Fairey, confronted him.

"I put a lot of time and energy into this," Fairey told Cooper. "What's your problem?"
The bespectacled Cooper, wearing khaki shorts and a long-sleeved pink shirt, put the blame on his friend. Naturally.

"I was with him, but I didn't know he was going to do it," Cooper said, according to the artist.
Cooper, who works at an East Village restaurant (what a shock!), was also charged with reckless endangerment; his "accomplice" has not been caught. Police say that one of the two was carrying a book bag, which makes us wonder if gallery shows will need metal detectors, bag checks, and cavity searches in the near future. What's not clear is whether Cooper and/or his accomplice is The Splasher.

Fairey told the Post, "This is serious. I've been arrested for doing street art. I knew I would be held accountable for my actions, and he should have considered that jail may be a possibility."

He added that he believed he was targeted "Because I've moved beyond just doing street art, some have the idea that I've been corrupted. I've been able to have an art career and a design career, yet I continue to do street art and therefore I should be punished."

Yesterday's reports said that Cooper could face up to 15 years!!!, which sounds like a lot for a stink bomb. An advisory notice about admission to future shows, including warnings about long lines and advice on showing up early has now been posted at the entrance of the gallery.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Shepard Fairey was such a little bitch! No one deserves a minute of jail for a stink bomb. Shepard Fairey must be the biggest hypocrite of all time.