“I like fashion, snapchat, skating, kissing weird girls, art and music that makes me feel like Bill Cosby.”
Almost 20,000 people are going coo-coo for Cocopuffs. No, not the chocolatey cereal, but high school student, designer, model, photographer and social media personality Jean Cocopuffs. For a 17 year old high school student, Cocopuffs has quite a broad view on… well… everything. This young creative is truly ahead of his time with his mature mindset and truly amazing point of view. I spoke with Jean about a few topics of interest including fashion, social media, lifestyle, females, school, artistry and the true meaning of the word “sus”. Read our discussion below.
Who is Jean Cocopuffs?
I’m 17 years of age and I currently live in Florida, with origins tracing back to Westminster, Massacusetts. I like fashion, snapchat, skating, kissing weird looking girls, art and music that makes me feel like Bill Cosby. I design clothing, modeled at a young age – trying to get back into modeling currently – and I also promote a lot. As for creating goes, I haven’t even started the race. While having released the “School Kills Artists” hat — which got loads of attention on the internet and sold out in a matter of days, I still feel as if I could produce things that would appeal to people even more. That’s not my best work. Designing your own clothes and putting them up for sale is a really good way of making money and getting your creative juices flowing, but if what you make doesn’t truly have your heart, I consider you stop. Most of these kids doing it really are just in it so they have more money to buy Supreme, Raf Simons, BAPE, Rick Owens and stuff like that. It’s a never ending cycle really. You can’t let a logo run your life. I just wanna give people a reason to keep being different and not let other’s opinions confide their creativity because I know it’s hard being a bright light in a dark room. Oh yeah, and I wanna stunt on everyone.
“Not just anyone can just stunt. They have to reach a certain level of success to actually stunt. Otherwise they’re just buying expensive things to show off. Anyone can do that.“
Interesting you mentioned stunting on everyone. Why do you think stunting on everyone is such an important goal for the youth of this generation?
The youth of this generation is probably the most predictable youth of any other generation. All we do is follow whatever trend that comes along and I think it’s the unpredictability of “stunting” on others is what makes it so appealing. The fact that not just anyone can just stunt, they have to reach a certain level of success to actually stunt. Otherwise they’re just buying expensive things to show off; anyone can do that. It’s really about proving someone who doubted you wrong, and the revenge aspect that ultimately gives you a feeling that succeeding under no adversity can’t.
What are your thoughts on fashion today? Do you think it’s in a good place?
I used to love fashion because of how hard it was to start a fashionable trend. But now I feel like anyone with a few followers or name can lead people into believing that they want to dress exactly like them. It’s ok to idolize fashion icons like Luka Sabbat or Ian Connor but when you start trying to replicate every aspect of their style, you don’t really have your own and that’s really what it’s all about: STYLE. You can’t base your outfits solely on the fact that you’re wearing expensive clothes. I don’t care if you have all Raf on. I’ve met people who can dress better than myself and have never heard of Louis Vuitton. I’m losing hope in fashion because people are putting brands and logos before what actually matters, so I can’t necessarily say it’s in a good place.
“From youth, I’ve always been a creative kid but I’ve felt so marginalized. I was afraid to think or contribute my ideas because creativity is seen as absurd in a classroom.”
Do you think the use of social media is slowing down fashion?
No. I myself have a love/hate relationship with social media. But I do believe that it’s speeding up the industry by letting people connect and network. Without social media fashion wouldn’t really be as intriguing to the people on the outside as it is.
I want to go back to what you mentioned earlier about your “School Kills Artists” cap — First, I’d like to ask you why you think school kills artists?
I love learning but I hate school. When I say that school kills artists, I don’t limit it only to the modern preconception of what an artist is. I don’t mean just a painter or a drawer — I speak for every form of creative skill that kids are often told at a young age to put off to the side because it’s useless and unattainable. My mom never told me I couldn’t be a Superhero, my teachers did. They told me that the only professions that will earn me a name in society was a doctor or lawyer and that what I memorized for a stupid test would decide whether I survive. From youth, I’ve always been a creative kid but I’ve felt so marginalized. I was afraid to think or contribute my ideas because creativity is seen as absurd in a classroom. Education is so backwards. Children aren’t being taught to cultivate their intelligence through critical thought and doubt, they are taught that creative thinking is absurd. They are taught to memorize and accept established ideas, beliefs and discoveries without questioning anything, in order to make our society continue to run smoothly.
“It’s not intelligence our current education system is striving towards, it’s who can memorize the most.”
Jean continues — In school we are taught to anxiously compete with each other to find out who has a better short term memory. It’s not intelligence our current education system is striving towards, it’s who can memorize the most. These ideas and beliefs that we are taught from youth shape our perception of the world and can later become the biggest hindrances towards our own new discoveries. Children should be taught how to be more fully human; to learn and understand how their minds and bodies work, to think for themselves and see what they truly want to do in life.
Why do you think art is looked at as “less important” to the school system? Or do you think that’s not the case at all and school doesn’t have the time to focus on creativity?
School most definitely has to focus on creativity. It really affects who these kids turn out to be and the main problem is that the undermining of creativity in schools causes most of the youth to be lost. The freedom to express ourselves allows us to really decide who we really want to be rather than rushing into 4-plus years of college to study something you don’t truly have the heart for.
Let’s talk about you as the social media personality you are and you as a person. How did you gain such attention? Do you remember how it all started?
Uhhh, I think it really happened so fast I just remember a lot of people showing me love all at once, it was really overwhelming that so many people loved the ideas I was putting out. I remember Vine star Brandon Williams reaching out to me at the time and getting #SchoolKillsArtists to trend. It was one of the best months of my life and the amount of people who fuck with me continued to grow. It’s cool because I can keep my ego to the point where I’ll follow you back and we’ll just end up clicking. Also, my boy Crizko who interns for a few A$AP members was helping me out with the glo and putting my name out there, it was real cool. I’m just appreciative of everyone that was fucking (with me) and still are.
“They curve me today, they love me tomorrow. It’s a cycle I used to want to understand but now I don’t really care for what girls think of me.“
You’re a high school student, a model, a designer, you have a shit-load of Instagram and Twitter followers… are you constantly attacked by girls? Yes and no. Some girls hate my guts and think that I’m a piece of shit *laughs*. I have a girlfriend currently and I’ve never really had problems getting attention from girls whether it’d be good or bad. Girls are sus, my guy.They curve me today, they love me tomorrow. It’s a cycle I used to want to understand but now I don’t really care for what girls think of me, yeah I may be able to add you to my body count if I spit some game, but what else are you offering me, babes?
“I’m too busy trying to get rich to give these hoes any type of attention.”
Give me your thoughts on Twitter hoes and Instagram hoes.
I hate Instagram hoes because they’re so close-minded and basic, which makes them easier to get but that’s just annoying because dudes love a challenge. They see your pictures and already know what the deal is, like “OMG, you’re so artsy!” it annoys me. But they easily take liking to my style low key. Twitter hoes, on the other hand, are the cool, creative girls that stay home on Friday nights, and won’t compliment you no matter how wavy you are. I love Twitter hoes just ’cause they’re hard to get, which is why sliding into DM’s takes legit skill and when you finally do pull them, you know the hard work was worth it. But I cannot fuck with the Joanna Kutcha-Tumblr-hoe-wannabes who take aesthetic nudes, wear chokers and Calvin Klein underwear. I already know what you’re about when I see that your username is “daddysgirl666” and I’m not fucking with it, shorty. Ride the wave and drown.
Have you ever got serious with a girl you met over Twitter, Instagram or shit like that?
Nah, they’re just there to fill voids in my life at the moment. Like, if I’m sad I usually find myself in a girl’s DMs. Other than that, they tend to bore me after a while, so I can’t really fuck with’em. I’m too busy trying to get rich to give these hoes any type of attention.
Are you the type of dude who wants a wife, some kids and a nice house or do you just want to get this money and mess around with girls? Or is it too early to tell?
I think it’s way too early to decide, but the idea’s nice. I’m not trying to say that money is everything, but money is everything. Once I figure out what I’m gonna eat, I can figure out who I’m gonna eat with. I’m still young, so I’ll be thinking about it along the way but for now I’m just chilling.
What’s the most sus thing about the world right now?
I think it’s sus how these idols and celebrities aren’t saying anything about what’s actually going on in the world. It’s scary that someone with so much power would help contribute to the ignorance by not speaking out on real life issues. I try my best not to follow up on their lives because in all honesty, it makes me feel blind to more important things. Oh! And the fact that everyone stopped talking about that Ebola outbreak so quickly is beyond sus!
“It’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our death beds, it’s the things we don’t.”
Now, explain what the word “sus” means to about 70% of the viewers and the kids who say “sus”, but don’t truly know what it means?
Sus just means that you’re out of place and that people can see through the act that you’re putting on. Saying something’s sus is like saying something’s not how it should be and you’re not buying it. I usually tell people they’re sus when they act way too nice to me… because I know they want something. Just come out and tell what you want rather than using methods, like no, you’re SUS! I call my boys sus when they act differently than what I’m used to. Sus is pretty much used for describing things that are out of the ordinary. (Tyler, The Creator) put that word on, by the way.
Give the youth some wisdom.
Do as much stupid shit you can while you’re young because it’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our death beds, it’s the things we don’t. You gotta learn that not everyone is going to fuck with the image you try to portray. Living your life seeking approval from others is only going to get you so far. I’m not telling kids that school has no benefit to them or that they should give up on it, or that idolizing those with big names is wrong, I’m just saying that you can’t let that sway your real calling in life.