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Dr. Woo's Tattoos: Minimalism At Its Finest

Updated on June 3, 2015
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Maria Glensie has acquired a Bachelors Degree in Materials Engineering but has been writing long since her early years.

Tattoos, Tattoos

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.

Doctor Who?

Meet Brian Woo, or more popularly known as Dr. Woo.

Not the baby, but the one with a hat on.
Not the baby, but the one with a hat on.

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

Shamrock Social Club, 9026 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States:
9026 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA

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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's Dr. Woo tattoo
Lily Allen's Dr. Woo tattoo
  • 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' deceased puffer fish
Miley Cyrus' deceased puffer fish
  • 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.

Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding
Kelly Osbourne's "stories"
Kelly Osbourne's "stories"
  • 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.

  • Drake

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.

The Collection

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.

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.

How many tattoos do you currently have?

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    • ladyguitarpicker profile image

      stella vadakin 

      2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Great Tattoos if you really want one. As for me, I will have to skip it. Nice article. Stella

    • Maria Glensie profile imageAUTHOR

      Glensie J D 

      3 years ago

      Ohh that's cute. I have a friend whose tattoo is Hello Kitty. Thank you FlourishAnyway.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      3 years ago from USA

      No tats but I enjoyed your hub. If I ever did get a tattoo it would be of a cat.

    • Maria Glensie profile imageAUTHOR

      Glensie J D 

      3 years ago

      Great point MizBejabbers. But it could also be a good thing if ever your physical appearance gets distorted in some way and it's the only thing that could help people identify it's actually you. Anyway, I think Dr. Woo could actually make a very good blue quarter moon tattoo on anyone's forehead :)

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      His work is beautiful, and the minimalism is fine (pun intended here, too). I don't have any tattoos because I always said that if I were accused of a crime and police put out an APB on me, I wouldn't want any identifying marks. I can just see it now: Subject has tattoo of blue quarter moon in middle of forehead.

    • Maria Glensie profile imageAUTHOR

      Glensie J D 

      3 years ago


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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Cool tats!

    • Maria Glensie profile imageAUTHOR

      Glensie J D 

      3 years ago

      Hi Jodah! They are indeed. I love him and how he does his work. Will definitely have one from him one of these days. You should have your eagle a partner made by Dr. Woo, too! Thanks :)

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Maria, amazingly intricate tattoos with such fine ink work. Thank you for sharing some of Dr Woo's work. I only have one tattoo of a stylized eagle's head on one shoulder. Voted up.


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