Fortune will be visiting Paris during the spring for Tin-Tin's World of Tattooing 2013.
Here's a sweet trailer for the show.
In 1999, Jennifer Billig and I worked together at Tin-Tin's first Tattoo Du Monde.
I was flying under the Outer Limits banner at this time.
What do I recall from this first experience? Walking through the Charles du Gaulle airport with bubbles coming off my boots. I had been thrown into the pool by some of my tattoo gal pals in Florida at a poolside party just before I left for Europe. Being ridden around the city on the back of Bruno's 55 BSA. Buying flowers at the market for our booth with Jennifer after enjoying our morning continental breakfast. Coming out of a drunken stupor to find myself surrounded by real vampyres. Thankful P.M. was there to pull me out of that spell. Realizing if I hadn't left when I did, I never would have been able to. Rummaging through the flea market with Seth and some pals on the look out for brass thing-a-mick-gigers and special souvenirs. Every night we had a bottle of champagne delivered to our booth. Spitting off the Eiffel Tower and having half of it flip back into my face. Having Tin-Tin make me look at Robert Hernandez's portfolio. Robert was up and coming then and had not reached the U.S. yet with his talent. I was blown away and couldn't wait to tell everyone at home about this phenomenal artist and what he was doing with his tattoos and paintings. The venue music was picked by artist's for the artist's pleasure.
This was the first time I had experienced a promoter working hard to make not only the public but the artist's experience worth the while.
We were entirely spoiled to great dinners by some of the finest chefs in Paris, and had carte blanche to all the after hours clubs.
I stayed up with the late night creeps til' the wee hours of the morning and made it back to my room in time to join the sober folk to see all the sights I could.
I learned from this experience to take in everything.
Sleep? There would be time for that when back on the plane headed for home.
All these years later, I am excited to seeing how Tin-Tin will top himself this time around.
Much love and respect.