Monday Ink: Dr. Woo, There’s No One Else Like Him and Celebrities Line Up for Him!

If you love and follow the world of tattoos and tattoo art, you will know the name, Dr. Woo. And, if you didn’t, now you will because Brian Woo a.k.a. Dr. Woo is not only one of the best artists in the world, he’s also a setting trends in art and fashion.

In fact, he’s so well known that it’s almost impossible to get on his schedule and, as rumor would have it, where he does his work is almost equally unknown. Like all great stories and mythical creatures, there are a lot of myths about where you can find his studio and what it takes to get on his schedule.  You may have to know someone famous, you may have to know someone who has been already tattooed by him, you may just have to set up a camera in L.A. that locates him, almost like catching a ghost on camera!  And then, once you’re in, it’s only then when you’ll be given the location of his studio!

In a 2017 interview with the L.A. Times, Dr. Woo shared, “Once you have the golden token to come [to the studio], you know it’s here.” In 2017, Dr. Woo was working out of the Hideaway at Suite X inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Three years later, we hear he may still be there.  But, you’ll need that golden token!

Having amassed 1.6 million Instagram followers and a star-studded client list, including Zoë Kravitz, Emilia Clarke, Drake, Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne. (You can check out his work at the end of this article)

Dr. Woo’s style is simple but complicated.  Many of his pieces are on the small side but the detail is greater than what many artists are doing.  His use of fine details and a single needle, along with the distinguishing soft tones, have made his art stand out in the crowded world of tattoo artists online and on social media.

If you want a tattoo by Dr. Woo, you’re going to be waiting a while.  In a 2019 interview with THR, they asked him about the rumor that it was a two-year wait in order to get a tattoo with him.  Dr. Woo responded, “The honest answer is the two-year thing came out of nowhere. The reality is I just don’t have that many slots open, so it might as well be two years. It could be eight years. It could be two weeks. I’ve been traveling so much the last couple years.”

Dr. Woo continued, “When I’m home it’s either by referral or word of mouth of a friend; return customers. I have an assistant and … if you have the contact you kind of just hit him up. When I’m home, we just try to get those people in. I want to open it up again to new clients and stuff and not feel burdened to get the same people in constantly. But that’s kind of why it’s two years, because it’s just not — there’s no line, really. It’s kind of when I’m in town for two weeks, who we working on?”

Dr. Woo not only sets trends with his tattoos but also his style. If you follow Dr. Woo’s world travels, he’s constantly working with different artists, designers, and brands in the fashion and art world.  When asked about his style, Dr. Woo said, “I just got home from Tokyo, where I love to spend all my money. The designers and the brands out there take a little bit more time with the attention to detail and the quality of fabrics. All those things are very important to them. Their identity is so strong, and they really nurture the creation process for them. They don’t settle. It’s kind of like me; they want to put out the perfect thing. When I’m there, that’s where I gravitate to. ”

Speaking of his style, Dr. Woo’s website does apparently sell some of his fashion collection.  However, that too is such a secret that you’ll need a pass code just to access the fashion!

One day! One day, we will locate this mythical legend and get our Dr. Woo tattoo.  When we get this chance, we better know what we want because we may not catch him again!

Check out his tattoos and style below!

 

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A favorite from 4 years back, family is everything ✨💫 #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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Workin on some things on @travisscott 💫🧠🪐✨ *some spelling intentional

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Lyon took some pics of his mom and dad wearing the new #sacaixdrwoo @sacaiofficial #sacaiTHEpeople

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Fathers love 💕 on my dude, the legend @kidcudi #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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Found some healed pics from a piece done awhile back on Beau… a universal language ✨🎼🪐 #hideawayatsuitex #healedneedle

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Memorial Day vibes ⛱🏄🏻‍♂️ hope y’all stayin safe if ya at the beach #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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One for Veronica’s neck awhile back ✨🪐✨🪐✨ #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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I liked doin this one from the archives, Phoenix rising ✨✨ #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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🦅🚀🦅🚀🦅 still shot of the regal eagle ✨✨ #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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Last month I made a regal space eagle 🦅 ✨💫 @victoorious #slimneedle #hideawayatsuitex

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More classics on the man Jim 🙏🏼✨✨🔥 #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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Friends in Paris 🖤 ✨ 📸 @saskialawaks @zhhhhh_sup

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For the homie Rick 🌹 double R Poppa @lerickyquatre #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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Fun #lslowry painting on Jason 🖼 #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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Another tiger crossing into the cosmic streak for @denisfrison ✨🐅 #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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Healed views on @wick1 #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle #healedneedle

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Journeyman ✌🏼🇺🇸🛸🔜🇰🇷🔜🇯🇵

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👁👁’s on the prize for the champ @canelo #hideawayatsuitex #slimneedle

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Caught a healed Bambi on Bambi @andrew_westermann backstage after walking the @dior show ✨✨ #hideawayatsuitex #healedneedle

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One for Gome a lil while back 🦉🔮

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