Perce P Cassidy and the Sunblock Kid

60 years they been ridin’ together, only these days they ride by rail.

Poem by Doug Jacquier
Art and video by Ferg Cooper

Perce P Cassidy and the Sunblock Kid

60 years they been ridin’ together

only these days they ride by rail,

Perce’s face like Nebuchadnezzar,

The Kid a whiter shade of pale.

Despite all that Hollywood drivel

These two are indefatigable

Although The Kid has developed a dribble

And Perce has a ring that’s inflatable.

Just when The Kid thought he’d forgotten

Perce flourished a diamond ring

It’s origins of course misbegotten

But The Kid always loved the bling.

‘Now don’t go round town flashin’

that ring’, old Perce he roughly croaks.

‘Folks might get the wrong idea, Kid,

That we’re not pure manly folks.’

The Kid smiled and said he’d ne’er tell

And closer to Perce he did scootch

And whispered into his ear-like shell

‘Oh, Perce, you were always so Butch.’

About the Artist

Ferg Cooper is a visual artist working primarily in paint and collage. His work is
rooted in queer theory and deals with themes of commercialism in relation to the self. Specifically, ways we use social media to communicate and how we cope with a constant bombardment of visual information. Many of his works use imagery inspired by strangers’ posts, or models discovered online.  

Ferg graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2017 with an MA in Fine Art. He has participated in residencies including the Florence Trust and ‘Plop’. He joined the inaugural panel of Artcry, a fund giving fast answers on funding for political work, and has mentored for NPA Labs. Ferg has exhibited with several galleries across London and the UK, including Tate Exchange, Menier Gallery, San Mei, Mall Galleries, and Islington Arts Factory. He has worked with several collectives including Bad Art Presents and Raw Art Forum,and made commissions for The Unicorn Theatre and Artcry, as well as designs for club nights and record sleeves. He is currently based at Koppel Project Bank.

About the Author

selective focus photography of cowboy holding revolver pistol statue

We’ll see more of Doug Jacquiere. This cowpoke is still riding into town.

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