Jean Cocteau, who was a multi-talented artist, was a regular visitor of the French Riviera. Visible signs of his visits can still be seen in many towns today.
In 1950, when the poet had just completed the shooting of his film called «Les Enfants Terribles »-The Terrible Children-, he was invited by his friend Francine Weisweiller to spend a few days at her villa on Cap Ferrat.
Enthralled by the beauty and magic of the place, Jean Cocteau stayed at the villa for several months and even became a regular guest. During his first stay, he began- as he said- to tattoo the white undecorated walls of the villa.
He would say « A young woman inhabits Santo Sospir. The idea was not to’ dress’ the walls but to ‘draw ‘directly on their skin. I chose to draw directly on the walls using just a few colours so as to enhance the tattoos. Santo Sospir is a tattooed villa ».See the site