That’s how you wanted it to be received and remembered, right?
Kurt Cooper: I was so gratified on a deep level as an artist to read that.
There’s far more dangerous corporate graffiti than individual graffiti in this world, so we have quite a bit of space to reclaim. I tried to get Starbucks’s side of the story, but all I got was corporate silence.
I called the Starbucks on East Olive Way directly and left a voicemail.
The Stranger: You have Michael "Panda" Fernandez and his pictures to thank.
Actually, he said he didn’t even notice the gigantic "FUCK" at first, because of how perfectly the fonts matched.
Kurt Cooper: In the placement of the letters and the font, I wanted to do something that confused people who rely on media signs to guide them towards something. I wanted to make it look like maybe Starbucks could’ve been the ones who did it.When they didn’t return that call, I called two more times.I also contacted corporate headquarters and left a voicemail, and sent a written inquiry through their web form. An Imgur user later posted another picture of the sign, which has been viewed more than 137,000 times as of this writing.On my way to meeting the artist who claims responsibility for the sign, and who's told me he will only talk if I keep his identity anonymous, I try to think of a pseudonym to give him.
The Stranger: Few people actually got to see the sign in person, so it’s taken on this odd mythic quality.