We are off to the South of France
It’s June 2016 and I’m at Heathrow Airport ready to meet Tatu Baby and Reese Hilburn . From London we are to board a plane and together to Marseille, France to attend the Cezanne Tattoo show in Aix-En-Provence. Informally known as “Aix”. I’m so excited because this is the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Never a dull moment.. Reese calls… passport and credit cards were stolen while at the gym. You have GOT to be kidding me… Bartender more wine please ……
We land in the beautiful south of France city of Marseille and meet up with organizer Pitou. Marseille was the remains of the city’s ancient Greek port (which eventually became a Roman port). These ruins, dating back to as early as 600 BC, were discovered during a construction project in the 1960s.
We drive about an hour to Aix and check into Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre which is centrally located in town. We check in and head out to dinner with Tatu Baby, myself and Pitou. Alli Baker from Oxygen’s Best Ink and her assistant Wendy joined us as well. Rosé wine is known in the South of France, Provence area and thankfully it was flowing. One of the great things about Rosé wine, besides the deliciousness, is that it’s affordable. A good bottle of Rosé in France should cost no more than 15 euros. We are enjoying an evening dining at a historical Provence restaurant. It originally opened in 1792, called Les Deux Garcons. Wait.. a minute.. text from Reese.. she is getting a passport and heading to the airport! She arrives TOMORROW! Pour me another Rosé please to celebrate!
Tattoo Convention at Pasino Casino
The welcome party and expo were held in a great casino called Pasino d’Aix-en-Provence. “One of the most organized events I have ever attended” said Tatu Baby (Kat). Kat is non stop and tattoos 7 hour pieces Friday, Saturday and Sunday from people who booked with her before we arrived. There is a great MC of the event, traditional dancers, contests and performances. Fantastic convention!
Inked Magazine France Photoshoot
We wake up early morning on Saturday because I organized a photoshoot with Tatu Baby and Reese Hilburn to run in Inked Magazine France . I could not thank Sarah Lechat Price, the beautiful fire performer and reporter of the Cezanne show, enough for the insanely sick shoes she provided for the girls.
Off to Cannes
After a busy convention weekend, we left our hotel at 8am that Monday morning and traveled 2 hours to visit the gorgeous seaside town of Cannes. Cannes is a city located on the French Riviera. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences such as the annual International Cannes Film Festival. We dine on the beach and after lunch find a little trolley train. The Cannes’ Little Train, which takes you through both of the city’s sides, from the famous Croisette seaside boardwalk with its beaches and luxury hotels to the Old Town district of Suquet and its maze of picturesque narrow streets and 180° views. That evening we ubered over to the most decadent hotel champagne bar, Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, which is a place Kim K, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Angelina all stay during the Cannes Film Festival. It was FANCY! Tuesday we head back to Aix for the final dinner with everyone in Marseille, France.
Marseille, a port city in southern France, has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks circa 600 B.C. You can feel the history or maybe it was because I was exhausted with dinner starting at 9pm and ended at 12:30am. You must be on guard in Marseille compared to Cannes. But overall this was a great experience exploring Marseille, Aix and Cannes. Happy to say I have sent clients back to this convention annually. Pitou and family are incredible hosts.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Lee, president of The Jenn Lee Group – a full service advertising agency which was established in 2003. Specializing in logos, websites, SEO, digital social media advertising, Public relations, etc. It is a boutique agency with acute attention to detail, technological knowledge and overall passion for all clients’ success. In 2012 she started working as a manager, booking agent and publicist for influencers from reality TV shows on Spike/Paramount and VH1. In this role she coordinates and negotiates travel appearances and itineraries as well as media relations globally for tattoo artists, performers, and public figures. Jenn Lee says; “We listen closely to understand the target goal, future initiatives and overall brand message. From this we deliver unique and custom solutions, developed in industry standard digital software with exceptional customer service.”