So thrilled about this! We got reviewed on Fodors.com, just one of two surf schools in our area listed! I haven’t been posting a lot here recently as I have been busy with other projects, but this was begging for a post. Thank you for including us 🙂
“Zicazteca Surf School. There’s lots of talent packed into this small shop off a lane in the heart of Zicatela. Co-owner Julio Soto is an accomplished graffiti artist, custom surfboard painter, and surf instructor, while his partner Ariel has a keen eye for the hippest indie beachwear, much of it fair trade, that stocks their Zicazteca shop. Private surfing lessons cost MX$400 an hour. Hotel Rockaway Plaza, Calle del Morro s/n, at laneway, Zicatela, Puerto Escondido,Oaxaca, 71980. 954/110–5853. zicazteca.com.”
I can’t believe I haven’t posted these images yet. Julio was asked to do these covers for Viva Puerto magazine over the last couple of months. The magazine has traditionally used only photographs for the cover. Barbara, the magazine’s creator / editor, felt she was taking a big risk with the first cover Julio made. However, it was so well received she asked him to draw the very next issue. Take a look!
Viva Puerto Magazine cover art by Julio Soto, Spring 2014
Viva Puerto Magazine cover art by Julio Soto, Feb 2014
Our Online Shop is finally up and running! Well, it has been up and ready for a while but I was nervous about taking the final step and announcing it. But nerves be darned! We are moving forward and are super excited about this new step. We can now offer Julio Soto’s gorgeous and whimsical prints for sale as impeccable Art Posters printed on-demand, our tanks (we are adding to the selection soon!) printed with fun designs from Puerto Escondido, and even mugs and tote bags of the highest quality. We hope you enjoy! Let us know what you think please, we are still learning and growing everyday, and all your opinions will only help us get better.
I adore the colors and traditions this time of year. Last year we cleaned and decorated the tombs of Julio’s grandparents with candles, flowers and a few of their favorite items (including a slingshot and a handful of limes for his grandfather, who famously would sit on his porch and shoot the limes at passersby who dared take the shortcut through his property!) and plan on doing the same this year. Our home is already dripping in flowers, and I would love to have the time this year to make an elaborate altar somewhere. Certainly there will be many more photos to come as the market fills with flowers and sugar skulls. Such a delight for the senses!!!
That spooky time of year is fast approaching, and in honor of all things macabre we have a bunch of gruesome key chains and hair clips from a Mexico City resin artist we met a few months back. Each piece is hand detailed and incredibly realistic. It’s quite a departure from the bright, whimsical pieces we usually carry in the shop, but we were impressed, and a little grossed out, by his creations and thought we’d share. Come get one if you DARE!!!!!
August and September have so far brought lots of surf lessons, a good amount of rain, some new board painting projects and a lot of time to start getting our online shop off the ground. We hope in the next couple of weeks we are ready to take orders on our Ts and Tanks with Julio’s art. One of the benefits of the online project is the fact that any print can be ordered on the shirt of your choice, something we just can’t do in the shop. So the sky is the limit! Tanks, T’s even Hoodies are available for those of you in colder climates. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we enjoy creating it. Here is a little collage of the past few weeks including lessons, beach cleanups, sample apparel, and fresh paint. Check it: