On a typically plastered night last week, my dude, Erez Avissar, aka Weird Magic, aka Rezzie invited me and my crew to come transform the place we love so much, 285 Kent into a dreamy wonderland for his show Dreams 3.0, where Grimes, Rezzie and Arca were set to DJ and Picture Plane was set to perform. Little did we know how truly DREAMY the night would turn out.
After a couple hundred bucks worth of plastic, fake flowers and foil, with a million hot glue burns and 5 hours of standing on fifteen foot ladders, the place was decked. Projectors had been set up on three walls showing the amazing creations of video artists: Aaron Katsnelson, Jono Mi Lo, Ryder Ripps, Will Colby, and Winston Case. The place had turned into a cracked-out lavender jungle.
By 8pm people were already scratchin’ at the door, dyin’ to see cute lil’ Grimes bump some beats, and Picture Plane perform at their sold out show.
The dreamy dance party was in full swing, when my adorable friend Chloe had been bouncing around on stage with a stuffed teddy bear during Rezzie’s set. The next thing we knew was that he had disappeared, falling off the stage and gushing blood from his head out back. He was soon found/saved by “his knight in shining Adidas” our dude Shane Shumaté aka Mascara. Kid was swept up and rushed to the Woodhull Hospital trauma ward. Being such great friends, a bunch of us left our own party at its’ peak. We arrived at the best hospital in the world clad in bindis, platforms and flower headdresses at midnight, worried to shit that he wasn’t ok. Only one of us was allowed to visit poor Chloe in the ER who let YOLOing get the best of him. We found our friend conscious and giddy in the ward, looking angelic in white, still wearing his bindi in a gauze head wrap, flirting with the nurse while waiting for his cat-scan. The rest of us were left watching the Olympic gymnastics in the waiting room, soon to be scolded by the pigs who “watch over the place” for instagramming too hard.
After receiving news that our dude was all good in the hospital, we jumped in a cab and headed back to the venue, arriving just in the middle of Picture Plane’s raunchy ass set. Anticipation was building as people were still begging to get into the venue. The next wave of rowdiness was about to hit. Around 1:30, Grimes entered the building with Cassie Ramone, only to be followed by the surprise arrival of the legends A$AP Rocky and araabMUZIK and their big ass crew.
araabMUZIK and A$AP Rocky
It was as if all hell broke loose when A$AP and araabMUZIK took the stage. It felt like like the plywood was going to snap, vibrating from the jumps of 40+ people raging. The walls were dripping wet with sweat (although 285 just installed a massive a/c system) and dance (and drug) induced euphoria had taken over all the vibers. araabMUZIK played some tracks before A$AP started rapping while Grimes, Picture Plane, the fam and the crowd were dancing their asses off in disbelief. A$AP’s crew got so rowdy, our beloved floral signs where torn down in classic #idontgiveafuck nature. Like feisty Chihuahua’s we started running around the venue gathering our plastic flowers, salvaging the remainders of our lavender-crack-fantasy design. Sassy as fuck, I asked Alan Palomo of Neon Indian who was wearing one of the letters around his neck to back the fuck down, he obliged. After A$AP riled up the crowd, destroyed everything, and finished spraying the crowd with the magnum Makers Mark he had demanded, Grimes took the stage playing Marilyn Manson and 90’s dance jams till well after 4AM.
As Rezzie put it: “i keep thinking last night was just a DREAM but these pics prove otherwise”
Here’s to the greatest crew and the most epic night of the summer!
#reallifevibers #YOLO4life #destruction #itwasjustadream
All photos and video by Weird Magic (Erez Avissar)
Mid Summer Night’s Dreamers
Grimes and Picture Plane
Erez Avissar, Grimes and Picture Plane
Grimes and The Vitamins Gettin’ Down
araabMUZIK and A$AP
Grimes and A$AP
Picture Plane Dancers
Video Dudes: Aaron Kaatsnelson, Jono Milo and pitchfork.tv
A$AP Gets His Drink (and shares)
A$AP and The Entourage (when I thought the stage was gonna collapse)
Hospital Glamour Shots via Jessie English
Cassie Ramone and Devin Ruben Perez of DIIV
The Crowd Gettin’ Down
Girls Gettin’ Dirty
Bryan Kurkimilis of White Ring
Me and Alan Palomo of Neon Indian
words and reminiscence by Sasha Zaitsev (Vitamin Sasha)Tweet