Drop whatever you’re doing because Frank Ocean has graced us with the gift of his presence. In an exclusive for i-D’s Winter 2017 “The Sounding Off” issue, the ethereal musician shot two covers for the magazine and curated a 32-page photo diary from his summer festival tours. Among the photos are a shot of filmmaker Spike Jonze, who recorded many of his performances, as well as a few self-portraits.
Alongside the photo diary is a personal essay penned by Ocean that offers a rare peak inside of his mind. This means references to the Rick and Morty McDonalds Szechuan sauce fiasco, Karl Lagerfeld, and a Tim Ferriss podcast he listens to onstage. It ends with the promise that “if you liked two thousand and seventeen then you’ll love two thousand and eighteen.”
Check out the essay in full as well as the two covers 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.”