Raffle for Dapper Signs

Raffles and other ways to support Cooper at Dapper Signs during a medical emergency.

Hand-painted sign board with a boxed pounce wheel on top of it.
The raffle for this one-of-a-kind budget neon panel and a customised Pausrädchen pounce wheel is now closed.

Cooper at Dapper Signs is currently in the midst of a medical emergency. [Update: He is now out of the critical state, but still has a long road to recovery.] The international sign painting community has come together to support him and his family at this difficult time (see below), and I am writing to amplify these efforts.

I have also created a special raffle [now closed] with an opportunity to win a one-off Dapper Signs original, and one of three (now sold out) Pausrädchen pounce wheels, courtesy of Sebastian Karbowiak of Kompagnon. The draw was held on 22 May.

A pounce wheel and a hand-lettered box on top of a painted sign board.
Dapper Signs' raffle prizes were his original budget neon BLAG panel and one of three custom Pausrädchen pounce wheels.

Cooper aka Dapper Signs

Cooper of Bristol's Dapper Signs (@dappersigns) has been a long-time supporter, collaborator, and friend on my own adventures in sign painting. He has been part of the Better Letters story from the beginning, eternally generous with his time and passion for the craft, and with a consistently positive outlook on life and letters.

Man in white t-shirt, sunglasses and a hat.
Cooper aka Dapper Signs at the 2022 Signwriting Festival in West Wycombe.

I was therefore deeply saddened to read a post from Ged Palmer at the Luminor Sign Co. announcing that Cooper was receiving emergency surgery in hospital.

"Coops has said to send love to everyone in the community. If you are close to him please send him a message, if it’s business related please don’t as he’s unable to respond at present. Sending hugs love Coop! 🤞🙌"

I wish Cooper a full and swift recovery at this difficult time for him and his fabulous family. Thank you to everyone that entered the raffle and/or who took one of the additional opportunities listed below..

More Support Opportunities

Here I have tried to gather together other ways that you can support Cooper and his family. It has been heartening to see so many in the community come together for him, although it won't surprise those that have met him and been touched by his warmth and generosity.

Dapper Signs T-Shirts

Cooper is in the middle of taking pre-orders for his new t-shirt design. Each one costs £20 plus postage (£7 UK; £10 EU; £12.50 Rest of the world) to be sent by PayPal to info@dappersigns.co.uk including your name, address, size and whether you want a white t-shirt with blue design or pink on black.

Illustration of a fabricated sign advertising Dapper Signs.
The new Dapper Signs t-shirt design.

J'Adore Dapper Signs* Print

There are still some of these limited edition prints available in Cooper's Etsy shop. Only 40 were printed in eight (!) colours and signed, and they come with stickers.

*Translation: I❤️Dapper Signs.

Man holding up a print with a baby devil illustration and the wording 'J'Adore Dapper Signs'.
J'Adore Dapper Signs limited edition print.

Kenji's Practise Sheets

The first batch sold out, but Kenji Nakayama will be releasing a weekly batch of his practise sheets to raise money for Cooper. Follow @kngee on Instagram for news of the next batch.

Single-stroke slanted block lettering painted in blue on white.
Kenji's practise sheets.

Share Away

Whether or not you're able to offer direct financial support, you can help out by sharing any/all of the above with friends, family, and on social media. I have put all these pictures into a Dropbox for easy downloading, and the short link to this page is bl.ag/cooper.

Get well soon Cooper, we❤️you x