by Brock H on October 30, 2011
When looking for an artist to commission we heard of this baron of artwork madness named Rhys Cooper, living somewhere in Australia. We set out on a hunt to reach him and as we had hoped, Rhys was totally rock solid about the idea of working with Troma and Skuzzles on some official Troma merchandise.
As it turns out, Rhys is also a huge Troma fan and had recently watched Surf Nazis Must Die. We originally intended to commission Rhys for the Toxic Avenger print of our series, but there was a catch. He would only do it if us Canucks sent him a 666L of maple syrup, a Team Canada hockey jersey, some flannel clothing and of course, allowed him to create a Surf Nazis Must Die print. We didn’t hesitate to the baron’s requests and immediately brought the demands to the higher council, known as Troma. As we hoped, Lord Lloyd Kaufman and his devoted minions at Troma signed off on the deal. The package of odd requests was mailed to Rhys' castle in Australia and the battle on the artwork commenced. We knew Rhys was talented and we seen what he could do, so we told him to go buck-wild on the colors. A few weeks of total destruction passed and sure enough, Rhys Cooper had crafted an 8-color masterpiece of magnitude that can only be explained by one single word, EPIC !
The results are astounding! These prints are both 12” x 36” (1ft x 3ft) and feature 8-colors on white stock, including 2 metallic green inks that glimmer like the lights on ET’s mother-ship during a clear-skied night. If Elliot seen this, I’m sure he’d shit himself… and if Spielberg’s movie is true-to-life, that means ET himself would have shit himself (or itself) too. But the sweet stuff doesn’t end with these 2 prints alone. There’s a 3rd print that’s ultra limited and ultra amazing. We blasted both the Toxic Avenger and Surf Nazis Must Die onto a single sheet of 24” x 36” (2ft x 3ft) to create a double-feature variant, limited to only 50.
Rhys has worked with companies such as; Gallery 1988, Tommy Good, MondoTees, London Film Comic Con, Spoke Art, etc. If you like Critters, Gremlins, Predator, Back to The Future, and From Dusk Till Dawn... you should check out some more of Rhys' work.
Here's a little Troma nostalgia to hold you over:
Skuzzles (skuzzles.com) is a registered business.