In a new visual essay and accompanying letter published in i-D, Frank Ocean gives us a glimpse into his summer ‘17, spending weeks on end on tour across the U.S. and Europe where he performed his intimate live set at festivals. Ocean captured his festival season for the magazine with a 32 page spread of his own images of his friends and collaborators.
In addition, Frank Ocean features on two covers of the magazine’s Winter 2017 edition entitled “The Sounding Off Issue” and wrote a letter about his state of mind this year, how he doesn’t understand the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce hype, and the power of saying yes. Read his letter below.
"You can answer a lot of questions with 'Yes.' But you can answer many more with 'No.' No is run of the mill. Yes is a gem. Whenever I feel alone I watch live television, something about it being okay on their end makes it okay on mine. Onstage one in-ear is my mic feed and the other one is a Tim Ferriss podcast. I go long periods without talking but I raise my voice when the people on the phone are in loud places. I've never given my fans nicknames because the ones I think of are embarrassing. I'm world famous. I had peace in my twenties. Big Pharrell praying hands those weren't mutually exclusive. If you want to make your 30s sound appealing just mention 'sexual prime.' Re: the photos... as Karl Lagerfeld would say they 'came to me in a dream.' Summer two thousand and seventeen. We leaned into it. Bananaberry flavored candies at the bottom of the cup. I'll never know why or what's with campouts for Szechuan sauce at McDonalds. But I'm way into it. Issa Dreamworld. If you liked two thousand and seventeen then you'll love two thousand and eighteen."
Check out the online version of Frank Ocean’s visual essay over at i-D.
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