LIFE: Art Basel 2013 – Hanging With Revolt TV & Party At The Frank 151/Pigalle/Stussy Mansion (12.6/12.7)

About a month or so ago I got a phone call…and not an ordinary phone call – it was a phone call from  Sean Combs aka “Puff” aka “Diddy” aka “You Pick Up The Damn Phone When This Man Calls”. I’ve known him for a few years now…you know work related and what not. Some of you may remember that I reached out to him about interviewing him for Supreme Magazine in 2009 – which he was 100% down for (and this was pre-explosion of the brand to the masses). He just always knows what’s up. Seriously, he is “the man”.

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Puff, Vashtie, Terry Richardson 2009

So, he called and informed of his new network REVOLT TV – and said that I needed to be apart of it. I was open, although I’m not much of an on-air personality. Yes, I can do it from time to time, but on-air personalities are masters in their craft. I explained that I was open and voiced my concerns and he reassured me that me being me was what people want to see. So, I took a meeting with the network in LA (when I was there for my Chloe trip) and was blown away by an entire company of folks making cool things for the channel. I’m a recovering Time Warner victim who now has Fios (I thank the tech gods for this everyday), so I haven’t seen the channel…yet. Needless to say, I was blown away and excited about the possibilities. They were open to my ideas…

Art Basel was on the plate and they asked me to attend. I landed on Friday and stayed until Sunday. I got to meet the team and host, Hannah Rad, who is 100% the raddest. Rahman Dukes, the man in charge, made sure I was comfortable and prepared. I felt out of my element until I decided that I wanted to interview my friends at the Frank 151/Pigalle/Stussy Mansion. The Revolt Team was into what I was into, making me feel at ease…here’s how it went!

FRIDAY 12.6

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A 6am flight might as well be a damn 2am flight. You get no sleep the night before and head to the airport at 4am. Eek.
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I still get stoked for this!vashtie_artbasel_201303

Miami!vashtie_artbasel_201304

Fueled up with my favorite…a hearty salad!vashtie_artbasel_201305

At the Miami Convention Center with the Revolt Team…

Dana, Hannah Rad, Mike & Jorge.


Look at this idiot on the right.

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Hannah and I toasted to me being the latest addition to the Revolt Team. Thanks for the champy!vashtie_artbasel_201311

We stopped by the Perrier x Faile Arcade which was lots of fun! I am also obsessed with Perrier!vashtie_artbasel_201307 vashtie_artbasel_201308 vashtie_artbasel_201309 vashtie_artbasel_201310vashtie_artbasel_201312 vashtie_artbasel_201313

I met up with my friend Julian Consuegra of Stray Rats. Here he is with his homie Edgar Rojas at SweetWater.

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We got some Mediterranean Food at Sultan. I was so hungry! Sidenote: Mediterranean Food is a Vegan Paradise.vashtie_artbasel_201316

Afterwards, we went to the Basel Paradise Party headed by my friends Dan Solomito and Nomie. Unfortunately a terrible fight broke out, which ended the party and ruined my good vibes for the entire night. A drunk and crazed local fought my New York friends and everyone just watched…for like a good 4 minutes. No one stopped it and everyone watched like it was an entertaining reality show. It was morbid and I’m still feeling weird about it.

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Brad Clark & Miranda Maxwell (DJ Mirandom)

These two had to unfortunately fight this crazed lunatic the night before. 

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I stopped by the DKNY gifting suite to see my friend Soyoung Park. I forgot to snap a picture of her, but I got her incredible Murakami Nails! Check it out vashtie_artbasel_201319 vashtie_artbasel_201320

The view from the Mondrian. Friends With You did the pool toys and art.vashtie_artbasel_201321

We met up with Susan Morgan from Epiphany and headed to the Colette Alchemist Drive Thru.vashtie_artbasel_201322 vashtie_artbasel_201323

I ran into my other friends, Liz Olko (Obesity & Speed) and Carlos.

We decided to head to the Frank 151/Pigalle/Stussy Mansion together.vashtie_artbasel_201324

My friend Alice from Colette gave me a cute goodie bag!

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After spending forever to find a cab, we headed out to a recluse location for the party. vashtie_artbasel_201325

Me, Ericka Malbon and Tabatha McGurr
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The Pool!vashtie_artbasel_201327

Shayne (Hood By Air) and Zac (V Files)vashtie_artbasel_201328

Ericka, Hannah, Chelsea and Me.vashtie_artbasel_201329 vashtie_artbasel_201330

Shayne feeling the music. It was like a reunion…so many great friends at an amazing house party!vashtie_artbasel_201331

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Telfar Clemons (Telfar), Vashtie and Ian Bradleyvashtie_artbasel_201334

Lucas Walters, Ben Detrick, Felipe Delerme and Guest.vashtie_artbasel_201335 vashtie_artbasel_201336

Me and Shayne Oliver, perched.vashtie_artbasel_201337

Mykki Blanco and Shayne getting into throwback Lil’ Kimvashtie_artbasel_201338

Raekwon & Hannah Rad

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Raekwon & Vashtie via my Instagramvashtie_artbasel_201339

Jasmine Solano and Vashtievashtie_artbasel_201340 vashtie_artbasel_201341

The great Kevin Lyons. I was stoked to meet this incredible artist. He gave me a SLICK RICK ruler and I lost it. I am so bummed.vashtie_artbasel_201342

Hami Delimi and Vashtie.

I have not seen Hami since 2007, when Oscar and I went to Paris after he and his Pain O’Chokolat crew flew us out to party in 1992 style. 5 years later, I finally get to see him in Miami. It’s been TOO long my friend.

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Hami Delimi and Me with Oscar and Paris crew in 2007

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Alice (Colette), Vashtie and Alex Sossahvashtie_artbasel_201345Charaf Tajer (Le Pom Pon) and Vashtie

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SUNDAY 12.8

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Available for sale at STARYRATS.COM (via Tumblr)

Miami it was fun, despite the fact that Art Basel makes it a crazy place. Special thanks to everyone for everything. Somehow I am very excited to be back home in New York in the cold grossness that is an east coast winter wonderland. What can I say, New York – I love you, you dirtbag!

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