The Safire Homme
Interview by Léla Sophia and Dillon Firestein
Dillon Firestein: What’s one accessory you can’t leave your house without?
Gabriel Brunot: “My lion ring on my ring finger on my right hand. Because it was the first piece of jewelry I got from my hometown, and it was the last time I lived in my hometown. And I was in New York the whole time, from sleeping outside and everything, with this ring.
Léla Sophia: Where’s your hometown?
GB: Bridgeport, CT
DF: What’s your pre-performance regimen?
GB: I take really hot baths, and drink really hot tea, with a loud speaker, singing at the top of my lungs, equivalent to stretching before picking up a heavy weight. I do a lot of working out because I’m an entertainer and I’m active, so I have to be able to breathe and project and move around, so I do a lot of calisthenics. I listen to a lot of trap music, and you know, it gets me right.
DF: What was the first thing you were proud to buy yourself?
GB: When I first bought high tops, I thought those were fly. I became an adult and I was like, you know, I actually have $180 right now, and I’m not gonna be able to eat for two weeks, but you know what, I’m gonna get these. And it was worth it, because it kind of snowballed and now I have to be the one buying my sneakers and things.
LS: What pieces of jewelry do you remember from your family?
GB: I remember my dad wore watches. That’s the only jewelry he wore. I’m actually the only one in my family with ear piercings and jewelry, because we were raised in church. Going back and forth from this person I grew to be, and seeing my family, it’s a lot for them because they’re so conservative. [Watches are] the only piece of jewelry I’ve seen on anyone in my family, besides the cliché, my mom has earrings on today. But, yeah, watches, and always silver too. I didn’t know if it was because we came from a humble lifestyle and it was budget. That’s why I’ve been on a lot of gold.
LS: How do you define masculinity?
GB: I think there’s a very thin line with just being adult about things, and being honest about gestures, and being solid with your words. I think that’s masculine or that’s just mature. So when people identify themselves as masculine but you’re really sensitive about something, I feel like there’s something else that’s in your spirit. Which is something I work on every day, my mental health and evolutions and things like that. I think masculinity is… if you are, it just reads as so. Being straight up and down is the most admirable way of going. I buried my father in January so I don’t really… I just don’t know anybody in this world like him, you know what I mean? So, there’s this part of me that’s holding up this baton that he passed to me real quick, like ‘I taught you everything I got’, and it’s really just how you move after that. I utilize that fire and incorporate it in whatever masculinity is, or being a solid individual, or being an adult, or being mature, or being respectful. It’s like the principals and morals that I’m raised on. And it comes from the strictness of being Haitian and going to church. My movement is all about solidarity.
DF: What role does jewelry play in your definition of masculinity?
GB: Because of the creative aspect of myself, I believe in every ounce of statement, whether it’s fashion or your music. And being masculine, is actually, I think, from that perspective, you are masculine because you’re wearing it. I’ve never necessarily had a question about my masculinity, but we’re also in this generation where it doesn’t really matter. It’s just, like, what you’re saying. I’m not even sure the agenda in my mind is to come off masculine. I think what it is, is I like how they read, and this is what I’m saying without having to open my mouth.