Frank Ocean selected an image by The Collaborationist as the inspiration for "Blonde," his long-awaited album which dropped as part of a limited-edition magazine called "Boys Don't Cry," available exclusively at pop-up events in LA, NY, Chicago and London. The magazine opens with a personal letter explaining how The Collaborationist's photo inspired his new album.
"Two years ago I found an image of a kid with her hands covering her face. A seatbelt reached across her torso, riding her neck and a mop of blonde hair stayed swept, for the moment, behind her ears. Her eyes seemed clear and calm but not blank, the road behind her seemed the same. I put myself in her seat then I played it all out in my head. The claustrophobia hits as the seatbelt tightens, preventing me from even leaning forward in my seat. the pressing on the internal organs. I lean back and forward to release it. Then backwards and forward again. There it is—I got free."
Check out the rest of the letter, and stream the album now.