Frank Ocean shared a personal essay and photo portfolio for i-D

Read what Frank has to say about peace, love, and Szechuan sauce.

October 23, 2017
Frank Ocean shared a personal essay and photo portfolio for i-D Frank Ocean i-D covers November 2017   i-D

Frank Ocean has shared his thoughts on naming his fans, the power of 'Yes', and reaching your 30s as part of a new essay in i-D. The stream of consciousness-style piece also includes references to Tim Ferriss podcast, staying quiet, being famous, Karl Lagerfeld, Bananaberry flavored candies, and not understanding Rick & Morty fans.


The essay, which you can read below, features alongside 32-page visual document of his summer playing festivals in North America and Europe. The images include many of Frank, plus collaborators such as Vegyn and Buddy Ross. Ocean shot two covers for the magazine, both of which can be seen above.

"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."

Frank Ocean shared a personal essay and photo portfolio for i-D