Reese Hilburn

Mandinga Tattoo Convention – Argentina 2015

In 2015 I coordinated my first trip with popular tattoo artists outside the US for Reese Hilburn, Clint Cummings, Steven Tefft and Gentle Jay. I realized they had a HUGE fan base from TV shows InkMaster and Tattoo Nightmares Miami in South America. We set off to attend the Mandinga Tattoo Convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina located in the Palermo Soho area.

Our arrival to Palermo

After a 10+hour overnight flight we all arrived a bit hung over and very tired. We were shuttled almost an hour away from the airport to our hotel Esplendor Palermo Soho. This is a fantastic, clean hotel, with on street balconies, an easy walk to many bars and restaurants plus down the street from the tattoo convention which we were there to attend. That evening we were treated to a traditional Asado (BBQ) dinner at El Corralon  This is where we all tried our first blood sausage and tripe (beef intestines) and thankfully some of the best steak I have ever experienced! Argentina is famous for its high-quality grass-fed beef. The country boasts more cattle than humans within its borders, and it’s the third-largest consumer of beef per capita.

El Corralon

Day Excursion to Bond Street and La Bocca:

Day 2 we had a private tour of the Galleria Bond Street . This is an awesome alternative, graffiti style, mall setting that contains skateboard swag, tattoo studios and all types of art and retro memorabilia for sale.  After Bond Street we bused to La Bocca where Clint decided to try the Tango. I was just sitting with him drinking wine and the next thing he was striking this pose. I’m so happy I captured the moment. Tango is performed in the streets of La Boca while you sip wine and watch. Proper Buenos Aires society considers tango an indecent entertainment associated with violence, illicit sex, and the lower classes.

Clint Cummings doing Tango

Touring Buenos Aires

Speakeasy and Strip Clubs

After a full day touring downtown Buenos Aires Capital, we continued to bar hop all around Plazoleta Julio Cortazar where we ate Pizza with green olives, more steak plus plenty of beer and wine! We then met up with our new friend Flor who brought us to Frank’s Speak Easy. We sampled some incredible mixology cocktails and enjoyed the unique environment while trying to speak and understand Spanish. I blame Frank for what came next .. Sometimes when traveling with tattoo artists the evening can end at a strip club. This trip did not fail! What was unique is the club had male and female dancers! No pictures .. no more words needed.
If you were there.. you know and remember.

Franks speakeasy in Buenos Aires

Mandinga Tattoo Convention Weekend

Finally it’s convention day and we walk less than a mile to La Rural Convention Center to attend the 10th anniversary of Mandinga Tattoo Show. We had NO IDEA what to expect from the fans. Thank god for the amazing security from Mandinga because Steve, Reese, Jay and Clint were the visitors favorites at the show.  To give you a visual, this meant the fans stood 10 people deep completely surrounding our booth!  One person from my group said.. “now I know what it’s like to be in a Boy Band” as security shuffled us through the crowd. Click to see video  I’m often so impressed with my clients. On this trip they spent hours tattooing, taking photos, signing autographs and kissing tons of people each Friday, Saturday and Sunday  Never a complaint. And it was HOT!

Crowds at Mandinga Tattoo Show

Final Days in Buenos Aires

After a long few days at the extremely busy convention we all woke up early to go to TruTV studios to film InkMaster and Tattoo Nightmare’s Miami TV promo’s. To end this incredible trip we were treated to a private Argentinian BBQ at one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires, currently used as a back drop for many TV shows and movies, yet boasts the Pope has stayed over night there.  We ate more beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, and morcilla which were cooked on a grill, called a parrilla, or an open fire. Soccer was played in the heat and the most epic group shot was taken just before we were shuttled to the airport.

Buenos Aires soccer and Dinner

Tattoos to Memorialize the Trip

Typically during our trips we all find a closer bond with each other because our travel experiences together.  Tattoos are often completed to memorialize the time we shared together. Pictured below is Steven Tefft’s Mandinga logo/icon. This trip was so successful that I’ve sent Tatu Baby and Jime Litewalk and Reese Hilburn again.  This first trip outside the US for the artists in attendance was an incredible journey where we now have life long friends in Buenos Aires. This also was the catapult for continuing to book travel for many artists all over the globe! Ck out more of my epic travel blog posts!

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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.”

Jenn Lee
Email: jennifer@jennlee.com
Phone: 1-401-249-1564
https://www.instagram.com/thejennleegroup


 

 

South of France with Reese and Tatu Baby

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.

Exploring Aix-En-Provence

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!

Aix En Provence

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!

Cezanne Tattoo Show

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.

Tatu Baby

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.

South of France

 

Cannes

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.

Click here to see the official show video. #CezanneTattoo2016

 

 


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.”

Jenn Lee
Email: jennifer@jennlee.com
Phone: 1-401-249-1564
https://www.instagram.com/thejennleegroup


 

 

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