Keeping up with the endless array of events and parties in NYC can be daunting. But one thing that will certainly draw a crowd (and personally light a fire to our asses) is art and tequila. So when we heard SPIN was hosting its exclusive Essential Artists party with 1800 Tequila, our RSVP's were in faster than an office clearing on Summer Friday.
Hosted at the very lofty Nejla in Soho, guests were welcomed with trays full of 1800 Tequila concoctions including margaritas, mojitos, and "Refrescas." Music of the evening included a special performance by SPIN’s July/August cover artist Wavves, with sets by Nick Catchdubs and J2K of Flosstradamus. Press also got a special sneak preview of the artwork before the crowds arrived.
The evening was in celebration of the fourth installment of the Essential Artists series. For the event, six rising contemporary artists were selected to design a limited edition 1800 Silver Tequila bottle, each created with Mayan, Aztec, and Mexican culture in mind. This year the artists chosen from around the globe included Kai & Sunny (London), Tara McPherson (New York), Ilovedust (London), Nathan Fox (New York), Stephen Bliss (New York), and Sandro “Misk1” Tchikovani (San Francisco).
Coasters with the artists' designs laid strewn about along with SPIN's latest issue for the taking. It didn't take long for the party to get crowded as Wavves took the stage for a head-banging (literally) performance. The bar was also its own battle ground as guests just couldn't get enough of that glorious 1800 Tequila and were willing to throw 'bows if necessary. Thankfully, I had one of my handy editors in tote who danced her way to the front the line.
As the evening went on and confessions of being a starving college student and eating Swedish Fish for lunch rang out around me, I was reminded that I'm no longer 21 and that I had to get up for work in the morning. Alas, we made our swift exit by midnight capped by the requisite two slices of cheese pizza, obviously. The perfect night out in New York City.
Check out SPIN's latest issue featuring Wavves on stands now. And look out for 1800 Tequila's Essential Artists limited edition bottles (only 1,800 bottles made) available in high-end liquor stores.