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Undead Bod



Dead Bod is a kind of local mascot. It was painted on the side of a shed on the River Humber in the 1960s by Les "Pongo" Rood:



I came up with my "Undead Bod" design while standing in Victoria Square here in Hull on a cold January night in 2017 after watching an animation which told the story of Dead Bod.


The animation showed an injured seagull landing on a tug named The Englishman. The captain rescued it and nursed it back to health before one of the crew killed it, hence "Dead Bod".


A few months later during an exhibition of my work, I realised that the captain was my granddad, William Hopper.


My mind was blown.


I sat there amongst a pile of Undead Bod T-shirts, wondering if granddad would approve of my design and at how strange life can be.



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