Earlier Kyla was asking Mr Hopkinson, our administrator about about all his personas as people had been talking about him to her this week. Mr Hopkinson asked me to explain to Kyla about his personas.
And now for you dear cubelog readers or the readers of what Rasha refers to as Mr Hopkinson’s diary, I will share the information I procured from him for an interview for the arty book OUT NOW IN MANY ART SHOPS including Here. The information below
explains all of Mr Hopkinson personas in great detail.
>I am interested in your multi talented, multiple personality creations. How many personas do you have ?
Confident Bob, zoofoxx, mr_hopkinson are the main ( self assigned 3 ) also related are . . .
mr_hopkinson’s computer, David Hopkinson, Dave Hopkinson, Dave, Vid, Hopkinson, Chiz ( we have been mistaken for each other by strangers on occasions ), Hoppo, David
I may have missed some . . .
These variations, are not so clearly ‘personas’ however, any name has subtle( or not so subtle ) associations that approach personadom . . . Some of these other people call me, some I call myself and some are both (usually the best! ).
Confident Bob was a deliberate construction from when I was working primarily on Stoloff&Hopkinson to distinguish my djing from that project. Still gets occasional use.
Zoofoxx rocks. Other spellings include Zufoxx, Zoofoxxx etc . . . I could goon about Super Group Extreme, but why should I why you can just switch on your teevee, or pick up a copy of ‘Heat’ magazine etc
mr_hopkinson is a catch-all general use one ( also abbreviated to mr_h ). Used to include design, music, filmmaking, radio hosting, photography and djing, and other things. Also as an easy ‘unique name can help to avoid other variations I’m not so fond of ( see below ). It’s nice to use what ismy ‘real name’ as a persona – makes me chuckle anyway when I get letters from the bank etc addressed to ‘Mr Hopkinson’.
mr_hopkinson’ computer. This is the name for electronic musical cover versions. To be honest I do the bulk of the work, but I like to give the the computer a bit of the glory, and I couldn’t do it without her/him/it
David Hopkinson is my name, no joke, my parents really did call me this. wow.
Dave Hopkinson is what I sometimes get called, tho I prefer not to . . . especially on flyers etc, but I don’t like to make too much of a fuss ( conversationally that is, I will make a fuss for a flyer/poster if there’s any chance before print . . .)
Dave, inevitable abbreviation of David – don’t really like it – and will point that out occasionally, but not excessively – making too much of a fuss just isn’t cricket. ( see above. )
Vid, preferable David abbreviation ( kind of punny with the videoing thing )but never really caught on any significant scale, and you can’t force these things. However in S&H on occasions Mr Stoloff would call me this and I would call him Dre ( from his first name Alexandre ).
Hopkinson, left over as a kind of abbreviation of the aforementioned S&H,maybe I guess, or an abbreviation of ‘David Hopkinson’ – applied by othersnot myself – could be a bit like Morrissey stylee, but I don’t really like it – reminds me of belligerent ghouls in Manchester schools . . . implies nastier teacher pupil relationship, hence the more respectful and adult(ha!), though mainly cheeky, ‘mr_’ prefix is added.
Hoppo, this comes from the Minto days – the studio that I moved to Bristol to be a part of. Minto is a long complicated and beautiful story that there’s no time to unfold here. Most of the artists were assigned abbreviated names ( e.g. Mark Samsworth – Sammy, in a tabloid footable style ) – I think mine came from Annabel Other ( or Zaa Zaa ). Hoppo stuck,and I don’t mind it toooo much as it’s usually quite affectionate, however Iam aware it is somewhat ludicrous sounding, like a circus clown or something(possibly part of the charm ), and would never introduce myself with it . . ( tho I riffed off it for certain artworks, e.g. my art shop ‘Hoppo Shopper’ )However it’s not really a persona as such, more an affectionate nickname. Hopkinson has too many syallables for some people, so they say
‘Dave . . .’, ‘Which Dave?’, ‘Dave Hoppo’ “Ah, ok . . .’
David. This is how I invariably introduce myself. [ to which the person says “Dave, right, right. Ok, right. Dave.” ]
> which ones are extrovert, which ones are introvert,
> which ones are eccentric… which ones are
extrovert : Zufoxx, Confident Bob, mr_hopkinson
introvert: David, mr_hopkinson’s computer, mr_hopkinson
eccentric: Zufoxx, Confident Bob, mr_hopkinson, mr_hopkinson’s computer
enthusiast: David, mr_hopkinson