We are saddened to announce the recent passing of Untapped Cities illustrator, cartoonist and beloved friend David Cessac. He was 39 years old. David, who lived in Paris, always made us laugh with the witty illustrations and commentary he created for his Untapped Cities column, A Few Parisians. In his first interview with Untapped, David said, “What I like about this series is that it’s a new way to reinvent, or reappropriate, the city of Paris. It was the first idea I had.”  (more…)


Today is the last day you can enter to win this signed original print by A Few Parisians columnist David Cessac. In the past year, David has taken us to Fédéric Malle’s perfume shop in Saint Germain-des-Près, showed us the love locks on the Pont des Arts, shopped with us at the Marché de Passy and played with us at Buren’s columns at the Palais Royal. Now, David asks, “To be or not to be a Parisian… Is that even a question?”

Watch the making of this drawing and enter to win before the contest is over! Even if you’ve already entered, you can still gain extra points by tweeting about the giveaway, following @untappedcities and @david_cessac, becoming a fan of Untapped Cities and David Cessac on Facebook, and signing up for our mailing list.

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We recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the illustrated column A Few Parisians by David Cessac in Paris. In this giveaway, you can win an original signed print of his piece, “To be or not to be…a Parisian.” Enter below and scroll down to see a video of the making of this piece of art!

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One year… thirteen illustrations. When we first interviewed cartoonist David Cessac, he said, “for me, the characters, the Parisians, are the most important, and they are the ones who define the character of the whole city.” In this anniversary video marking David’s one year mark illustrating the column “A Few Parisians” for Untapped Cities, videographer Enzo Van Erven captured David at work on the streets of Paris on a staircase near the Palais de Tokyo and the Boulevard d’Iena. It was particularly special for us to witness the process of creation and the moment where David’s sharp wit meets his talented drawing hand. To another great year, David!


A_Few_Parisians_Rue_de_Grenelle_1_Untapped_ParisThere is a special atmosphere on the Rive Gauche of Paris (pronounce it “Reeve Gosh”).

This is a fairly subtle alchemy between “the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie,” a particular Left Bank Parisian style that is more Saint-Laurent than bling, and a delicate scent of literature floating in the air around Saint-Germain-des-Près.

And it’s true. One can even smell the high style and intellectual spirit of this neighborhood. For instance, at Frédéric Malle’s shop at 37, Rue de Grenelle in the middle of smelling columns and transparent refrigeration cabinets, the “Editeur de Parfums,” as the founder calls himself, publishes the olfactory creations of selected “fragrance authors.’” The names of the perfumes are named like books with evocative titles, like “En passant” “Dans tes bras” or “Portrait of a Lady”.



“Nous étions seuls sur Terre,
A Paris au mois d’août”

“We were alone on Earth
In Paris, in August”

(Charles Aznavour, Paris au mois d’août)

August is probably the most delightful time of the year: the one during which the Parisians are almost all gone on vacation.