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December 15, 2016

A Week in Miami With Niki Takesh

The 24-year-old creative director on Rae Sremmurd, dive bars and life drawing at The Standard

  • Written by Niki Takesh
  • Photography by Niki Takesh

Art Basel Miami 2016 was probably the tamest it’s ever been. This was my fifth year going and I can safely say it was the most adult Basel of my life!


Millie Brown and Matthew Stone at the Tumblr brunch

Namely because there were a lot of key people and elements missing this year, one being André Saraiva’s Le Baron pop-up: it’s always the go-to late night party spot every night of the week. This year, I didn’t even go to E11EVEN (my favourite 24 hour mega strip club). I guess that’s in partly because I’m getting older now. I mostly ended up going to an abundance of dinners.


Had a romantic breakfast with Ryan McGinley at The Standard pool. Such an amazing, genuine and talented human

The first was Know-Wave and No Vacancy Inn’s 90-person dinner in their Miami mansion. I had a really interesting conversation with an art dealer who looked like Pitbull.

Avoiding big sponsored events is key. This year I laid low at Sandbar, my favourite dive bar in North Beach. It’s the kinda spot where they let you smoke inside and there is literally sand on the ground!


Stunning PVC look outside the Moschino party

I also trapped at the Cucu’s Nest, which is another excellent dive bar. Rae Sremmurd and Mike Will Made It came through and did a surprise set. Eventually I even made it to the actual convention centre for the art fair. Overwhelming and so inspiring.



My favourite booth was Fondation Beyeler x TOILETPAPER


As always there was a mixture of breathtaking works by my favourite artists like Carlos Cruz-Diez. Iconic. And a bunch of crap that I could’ve painted with my eyes closed. On my last night I went to the Daniel Arsham x VSCO dinner at The Edition, which was insanely delicious, and to top it off I actually made my flight the next day!


Chilled by the pool on my last day with fave NY bros Sean Kinney and PJ Monte – which was better than art


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