Sometimes you come across people who just make you mad. Drive you plain nuts in fact. And Twelve Bar fam and Fairfax dweller Toussaint Maupin is one of those people. Don’t get it twisted though, we’re not angry like that, we’re just mad because, well, he’s so damn effortlessly good at everything he turns his hand to. He’s one of those people. Creative, thoughtful, innovative and hard-working.
Not content with being a fantastic photographer, LA-native Toussaint Maupin has also started making amazing music, alongside expanding his interests in fashion and interior design, and more traditional art practices. And we’re pretty sure that he’ll excel in all of these endeavors. See why we’re mad. Or maybe the word is jealous. Either way, before he turned his hand to something else and smashed it, we asked Toussaint to turn his hand to The Twelve. He was even good at that.
1. Who's in the house?
Toussaint DuMetz Maupin a.k.a 2ssaint a.k.a Mookie (for my OG Homies).
2. Can it be that it was all so simple then?
I remember the ease like it was yesterday. I loved being young but I wanted to grow up so bad, now I see why older people say ‘don't rush to grow up young’un’. I wouldn't want to go back in the future at all only forward progress.
3. It ain't where you're from, it's...?
Where you headed, not even where you're at.
4. Give me the fortune, keep the fame?
Fortune can last forever. Fame can die in a week. Fortune and fame seem like they go hand and hand until the fame makes it hard for you to go the grocery store, but who am I to say I haven't experienced ‘Fame’ yet....Fortune you can hand down to your family and hopefully beyond.
5. After the show it's the after-party, and after the party it's the...?
The house to get pussy, sleep and back to work.
6. It's quite okay for a gangster to wear sandals?
I rock Nike Flip Flops to take the trash out..?? HAHAHA But I'm not a gangster either. That in between the toe (thong sandals) sandal shit is weird, point blank.
7. If I ruled the world?
Deep question, I would make sure people I've known for years would be helping me rule this shit too. I would personally try to help schools force kids to take music classes and other art classes. If we had more artist, rappers, painters, graphic designers, etc, we'd have less kids bored out of their minds, getting killed or killing themselves.
8. Do you want more?
Yeah I'll never be satisfied until my last day on this earth. I want my message to reach masses and I want the message to be respected and followed.
9. How does it feel?
It feels good. Life gets super low at times but low times are only temporary as long as you are doing things to make sure tomorrow isn’t as low or lower than the day before. Make sure you believe in your dream even if haters try to shoot it down.
10. What's next on the menu?
I've been dabbling in music and really want to focus on that for just one of my angles as an artist. I am a photographer so of course more exhibits, etc. I want to get into painting and of course clothing and interior design. I think as people we should never limit ourselves to one specific technique or profession.
11. Give me the reason to want you back?
I am working as hard as I can at a young age to make a name for myself as a creator of many fashions, staying patient as possible even if the fortune and fame isn't here yet.
12. Tell us why it's all love...!
It's all love, because love's the strongest energy that doesn't cause harm. Hate causes wars which causes death, but love causes happiness which causes life to move forward. I'm not saying I focus on love every minute of the day but it's a big part of life.
[Thanks to Teek The Sneak for the use of this image. See www.teekthesneak.com for more of her work and all booking enquiries.]