Dr. Woo's Tattoos: Minimalism At Its Finest
Art is everywhere. It has been around this wonderful world of ours since time in memorial. But I have to say, art is basically pretty much appreciated most by people who are usually open to such beauty - and that includes the pain of incorporating the craft onto one's skin.
It is permanent, it is painful, and it is a decision that may never be taken back - unless you greatly consider the idea of laser removal or the scraping of your own inked skin, you are very much welcome to reconsider 'permanent'. Just take your pick.
Personally, I do not have tattoos just yet. Piercings, yes - I have 7. But tattoos, I have always wanted one. It's just that, I do not want to have something inked into my skin just for the sake of being inked. I want it to be perfect and at least, significant. That's when I started my research on amazing tattoo artists. Then I found out about Dr. Woo.
Meet Brian Woo, or more popularly known as Dr. Woo.
Dr. Woo started as an apprentice at Shamrock Social Club in Los Angeles a short time after he realised that it was tattooing that he wanted to do instead of what his father's dream for him was - to become a medical doctor.
He did become a doctor eventually though - just in his own creative way - and I am pretty sure he has made his father proud because of what he has become.
Brian legally did his very first piece of work back when he was 18, and after which, the rest was history. People would come to the shop where he is mainly working his wonders and they would patiently wait in line just to personally make an appointment. Yes, you read that one right. The file of people outside Shamrock Social Club was just for them to book an appointment and not the actual tattooing just yet.
Visit Shamrock Social Club and witness the craze with your very own eyes. Who knows, you might be lucky (and courageous) enough to have your own skin art done by the tattoo prodigy, Dr. Woo himself on that same day. But if not, it still be worth the visit.
Shamrock Social Club
The Tattoo Artist of Celebrities
Dr. Woo, since his debut in his chosen career, his clients just seem to grown in number exponentially (an exaggeration, but it is close to that), and little by little, even the big names in the showbiz industry became his patrons.
- Lily Allen
The world may never be seated in the palm of her hands, but it surely is seen on her wrist. Some time in October 2014, she had it done by our well-loved artist.
- Miley Cyrus
Sugar, spice and everything odd (and lots of tongue exposure) - that's how I describe this original lady. And it can never get more original than her own Woo tattoo - her late pet, a puffer fish. Adorable right? Very sentimental, Miley. Very sentimental, indeed.
- Ellie Goulding
Because one tattoo is just not enough for this beautiful singer, so she got herself loads. The one on her wrist is a Tibetan phrase, “Om mani padme hum,” which translates to “jewel in the lotus", and the latter is another lotus, but this time a very graphic one.
- Kelly Osbourne
Very hardcore. Who would ever want a tattoo at the side of their head anyway? We now know for a fact that Kelly Osbourne will. And she did exactly that. Her Stories tattoo is really is something, especially as it was done by Dr. Woo himself. That would have been enough for her to not regret her decision of doing so.
Another sentimental celebrity that we have here is Drake. He had his most recent tattoo done by Dr. Woo as well, and it is a mini portrait of his father. A very touching bit of act from a son to a father.
Here are a few more designs from all the satisfied clients of the doctor. Be amazed at how detailed and intricate the outcome of his gifted hands are. He says he describes his style as "the black and grey fine line." Though he does a couple pieces with colour, those kinds he says, are but rare requests. I personally will be very much happy to have one by him one of these days.
Go on, scroll down. Content your eyes.
The Grey and Black
Most his works are obviously inspired by geometry, origami and animals. They do stand out from the usual filled in tattoos that most people are accustomed to have. In my opinion, Dr. Woo's style of tattoos are more sophisticated looking, less vulgar and are actually chic. Very fit for anyone who quite wants to have tattoos but does not really fancy giving other people the impression that they are to be intimidated, like how lots of tattooed people are perceived.
Check out more of Dr. Woo's astoundingly elaborate artworks in his Instagram account:
I have always been a fan of surrealism, but this time, I will just have to go with minimalism when it comes to tattoos. If my life-long favourite artist, Salvador Dali, was alive to have witnessed Brian Woo's craft, I am betting all my possessions that he will definitely give this tattoo artist an A+ for creativity and a very steady hand.
I did say Dr. Woo's tattoos depict what I call minimalism at its finest. I hope you agree with me on how fine they are. And yes, pun intended.