Herman Brood in Tattoo Courant 2007
Thanks to J. Feenstra!
The first is for Brood
Elvis preferred to stay in Hawaii, so it was Herman's honor to receive the very first copy of the Tattoo Courant. This immediately offered a great opportunity to put the Dutch rock & roll phenomenon to the test about its existence outside the spotlight.
You look good Herman, Where have you been?
''All over the place. Especially spent a lot of time in the pub, because I don't paint anymore. There are, however, countless beer coasters with a bread on it. Most of them are very recent. A drawing on a beer mat is nevertheless extremely primitive visual art, which goes back to the essence, as it were. It reflects my life right now. ''
And everyone just think you went to the other world ...
“Well, I wanted to retire, but there has to be some bread on the shelf, that goes better if people think that Brood is between six shelves. I learned that trick from Elvis. He was tired of all that fuss and therefore staged a grandiose funeral, complete with wax figure and all. After that he could retire in peace, while the money poured in faster than ever before. Fortunately, I have my own Colonel Parker in Koos van Dijk, who takes care of all matters very well. I sometimes sing in a cover band just for fun, because nobody believes it is me. After his fictional ending, Elvis also continued to sing for a few years, under the name Orion. People were blinking their eyes, but he was no longer bothered by anyone. ''
Have you seen the movie made about your life?
"No, according to me, that movie is not worth watching. It seems to be a dragon of a film, which mainly emphasizes what I have worked inward, and not what I have out. When it became clear what a grumpy they had chosen to play me, it was immediately clear that it was going to be a weak state. They also auditioned Spike van Di-rect, but he was rejected because of his Hague accent. A shame, because I'm sure he could have put down a much better Bread. At least he understands the music world and that accent from The Hague has a high rock & roll content, which you can't say about that actor's sample. ''
What do you think of the Tattoo Courant?
'' Wonderful initiative! A welcome publication for all art forms that I hold dear, from body art to artificial penises. The art of enjoyment is what this newspaper is all about. That appeals to me. ''
Last question: how can you prove that you are the real Brood?
"I'm not saying that, I also only go a long way into space. Now that I have the space, I will use it too! Do you happen to have speed with you? ''