We were exposed to two or three different versions of Iggy Pop when he was becoming famous in the 70s then coming to terms with his fame in the 80s- and they were all jerks.
Iggy is a hard guy with a punk rock attitude that's appropriate and well deserved, but I think the fact that he appeared on The Adventures Of Pete & Pete and The Rugrats Movie means he was hiding a soft side all along.
We rarely got to see this soft side, but his ex-girlfriend Esther Friedman got to see it plenty during her time with Iggy, and as a photographer Esther was able to capture some great moments with the secret softie.
You can tell Esther brought out the warm and funny side of the punk icon, and considering they met while Iggy was "drying out" in West Berlin she clearly kept his spirits high:
Esther Friedman was Iggy Pop's girlfriend for seven years, from roughly 1976 to 1982. They met while Iggy was living in West Berlin with David Bowie, where the two Rock stars were hoping to dry out after a period of heavy drug use. Iggy and Bowie lived at Hauptstrasse 155 in Schöneberg. At that time, Friedman was a prolific photographer, and she took many revealing photographs of Iggy Pop in various locales.