As always, our globetrotting friend and Natural Koncept pro/owner Josh “JZ” Zickert jetsetted down to Miami this past December to check out Art Basel, get some shredding done in MIA, and get artsy fartsy in general. Here is his tale with the usual wild style photos to accompany it. Thanks for always giving us office donkeys a solid case of FOMO!
Words by Josh Zickert
It was getting really cold in NYC, and Art Basel was about to take place in Miami, so Cmart and I jumped on a plane to shred with the Miami crew. Natural Koncept’s am Boner flew out from Fredericksburg, Virginia for the last five days of this epic two-week trip and got mad footy for the next NK vid. Paul DeOlivera and Koki both work part time at the International Hostel (in the heart of South Beach), which is the raddest place ever—located across from MIA skateshop on 9th street. They both skate for MIA (be sure to check out Paul's part in the "bro's" section of Creepin' for Life)—Danny Fuenzalida, Richie Zuczek, Joel Meinholz, Dango, DJ, Matt Roy, Jose "Talcual" Velez from Medellin, Christian "Maluco" Elizondo, and Nicolas Ferrando from Santiago, Chile completed the crew.
Each day we would wake up, eat free breakfast, skate two blocks to the beach, check out the hotties suntanning (sometimes topless), swim in the ocean, meet up with the crew at MIA, then hit the streets. It was paradise! At night we either skated downtown or played ping-pong at the hostel. Our last night in Miami, Danny Fuenzalida won 100 dollars in a ping-pong tournament at Club Chalk.
During Art Basel we hit the Milk Studios party in the Wynwood district, Terry Richardson's party at the Standard Hotel, Joel Meinholz's Chocolate Sundays /Slap's 20 Year Anniversary Party at Purdy Lounge. Jay-Z and Beyonce made an appearance at Miami hot spot LIV so we had to check that out. Good Looks DJ Vitale, DJ Sinatra, Tatanka, Flip, and Charlie Garcia for lacing us up.
Get out to Miami for Art Basel, stay at the International Hostel and enjoy skating the dopest spots in Miami! Check out the Miami Bonus section in the next NK video. It's gonna be sick.
A big shout out to Arizona Iced Tea and Milk Studios for always looking out for the NK crew!