Arik Roper
The one they call "Moonhawk".
Background information
Birth Name Arik Roper
Alias Moonhawk
Born 1973
Occupation Freelance Painter/Illustrator
Genres Stoner Metal, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal
Instrument(s) Bass
Years active 1990s - Present
Associated acts Sleep, High on Fire, Buzzov*en, Weedeater, Under Satan's Sun, Koi Pond, Matta Llama
Website Official Page

Arik Roper is a freelance illustrator & painter currently residing in New York City, known for his artwork within the stoner rock scene, primarily with the subject of mythical creatures and faerie legend.. Along with painting for several artists such as Sleep and Weedeater he played bass in a heavy metal band known as Under Satan's Sun in the 2000s, followed by the rock band Matta Llama and the experimental band Koi Pond.


After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 1995 specializing in cartooning, illustration, and silk-screening, he began as a freelance storyboard artist for various ad agencies, and a storyboard revisionist for MTV Animation. Later he was able to exercise more creative and personal styles while shifting into the world of music-related visual art and packaging. He has since developed a name and devoted following creating seminal record covers and screeprint posters for a wide variety of bands including legends such as Earth, Sunn O))), Sleep, Howlin' Rain, High on Fire, The Black Crowes, Kvelertak, and Windhand among many others. His influences include a wide variety of artists and styles ranging from comic art and fantasy art to graphic design and classic illustration. He was a contributing artist to the highly regarded and cutting-edge Arthur Magazine during the mid 2000s. Arik has also designed hand-made screen-printed posters for a pantheon of concerts and events including Sound on Sound Fest, Roadburn Festival, Psycho Las Vegas and Desert Daze Festival just to name a few. Roper's work encompasses a diverse field of design and distinct style, ranging from graphic black and white illustration, to meticulous lettering and logo design, to rich abstract psychedelic color and landscapes that often seem to exist in their own universe. The imagery springs from the depths of a fertile imagination, invoking psychedelic visions, ancient dreams, and idyllic natural environments. With an interest in mythology, consciousness, psychology, religion and other timeless subjects, Roper mixes the light and the dark within his art to reveal imagery which is at once strangely unique, distantly familiar and always soaked with an earnestly fantastic aesthetic. His book, Mushroom Magick (Abrams, 2009), is a vividly surreal collection of exotic fungal species from around the world. His art has also appeared in books such as De Gotham City a Metropolis by French Paper Art Club, Juxtapoz New Contemporaries, and Revisionaries: A Decade of Art in Tokion.

Selected Discography Featuring Roper's ArtEdit

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  V·T·E  Sleep
Current Members  Al CisnerosMatt PikeJason Roeder
Past Members Chris HakiusJustin Marler
Albums Volume OneSleep's Holy MountainJerusalemDopesmokerThe Sciences
Live Albums Sleep Live at Third Man Records
Extended Plays & Singles Volume TwoThe ClarityLeagues Beneath
Associated Bands and Artists AsbestosdeathDejection, UncleanOmHigh on FireNeurosisKalasThe SabiansShrinebuilderDenver Colorado 09.05.10Billy AndersonArik RoperDavid V. D'andrea
V·T·E Weedeater
Current Members Dave Collins (AKA "Dixie")Dave Shepherd (AKA "Shep")Ramzi Ateyeh
Past Members Keith Kirkum (AKA "KeKo")Travis Owen (AKA "T-Boogie") • Carlos Denogean
Studio Albums ...And Justice For Y'AllSixteen TonsGod Luck and Good SpeedJason... The DragonGoliathan
Splits Weedeater / Pins of Light
Associated Bands and Artists Buzzov*enBongzillaSourveinZoroaster
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