Tattoos

Fashion’s Favorite Tattoo Artist Is Inking A New Chapter – Vogue.com

Summary

Brian Woo, a.k.a. Dr. Woo, a.k.a. “Woo” to those in the know, is sitting among a dizzying array of art and ephemera in his studio at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel: A multimedia sculpture from his friend Nick van Woert is perched next to Sesame Street dolls designed by the artist KAWS and opposite a fiberglass chair Woo made with Los Angeles furniture company Modernica. “I always had a creative scope where nothing really landed in just one medium,” Woo explains, tugging at a Goro’s …….

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Brian Woo, a.k.a. Dr. Woo, a.k.a. “Woo” to those in the know, is sitting among a dizzying array of art and ephemera in his studio at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel: A multimedia sculpture from his friend Nick van Woert is perched next to Sesame Street dolls designed by the artist KAWS and opposite a fiberglass chair Woo made with Los Angeles furniture company Modernica. “I always had a creative scope where nothing really landed in just one medium,” Woo explains, tugging at a Goro’s necklace—“a good, under-the-cut hit,” he says of the cult­ish piece of jewelry he scored at the late Goro Takahashi’s Harajuku store.

The medium for which he is best known, of course, is skin, and his work appears on some of the world’s most famous: Cara Delevingne’s rib, Miley Cyrus’s bicep, Bella Hadid’s shoulder, Justin Bieber’s neck. Woo’s tattoos are elegant and hyperrealistic. Striking in depth and detail, they frequently merge the graphic and the organic. “Anything that has a contrasted visual duality is cool to me,” he says, “like how Mexico City is this beautiful city engulfed in a jungle.” His slim-needle artistry was cultivated over 12 years at Shamrock Social Club, Sunset Boulevard’s storied tattoo parlor, and it has arguably changed tattoos from emblems of punk insubordination to ubiquitous accessories that are often accumulated like dainty pieces of permanent fine art. “There is no one like him in the world,” stylist Karla Welch says of Woo, whom she met through Bieber and who etched a safety pin on the inside of her wrist, a symbol of where her life has taken her. “He’s also an honest person and genuinely nice,” adds Sacai creative director Chitose Abe, who commissioned Woo to refresh Jean Paul Gaultier’s ’90s-era tattoo shirts when she was tapped by the French house to helm its fall 2021 couture collection earlier this year. Woo’s chains, eyes, orbs, angels, and swooping birds were printed onto jersey-base layers, which allowed spiderwebs and angel wings to peek out from underneath Abe’s blazers and dresses. “I knew he would reimagine Gaultier’s designs in a modern and elegant way,” Abe says of Woo, whose personal style mixes ready-to-wear heavyweights, limited-run streetwear, discerning Japanese labels, and vintage accessories.

Sacai creative director Chitose Abe commissioned Woo to refresh Jean Paul Gaultier’s ’90s-era tattoo shirts for the house’s fall 2021 couture collection. 

A dress from Abe’s Gaultier couture collection with Woo’s designs featuring chain, eyes, orbss, angels, and swooping …….

Source: https://www.vogue.com/article/dr-woo-tattoo-skincare-jean-paul-gaultier