Dr. Woo

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Dr. Woo
BornBrian Woo
(1981-03-06) March 6, 1981 (age 41)
North Hollywood, California[1]
💼 Occupation
  • Tattoo artist
  • philanthropist
  • designer
  • model
👩 Spouse(s)
  • Jayme Woo (m. 2013)
👶 Children2
🌐 Websitedrwoo.com

Brian Woo (Born March 6, 1981), better known as Dr. Woo, is a Los Angeles-based tattoo artist who has done work for Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber, Zoe Kravitz, Miley Cyrus, Drake, and other celebrity clients[2]. His tattoo’s are highly recognizable due to his artistic style, and you can only get an appointment with Woo through a close referral.[3]

He began his career at the world famous tattoo studio Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, but he now operates out of a private studio in The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. [2] Dr. Woo is currently continuing to progress his era-defining tattoos while building upon past collaboration and branding.[4]

Dr. Woo is also a well-known entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, and model, having launched his tattoo-friendly skincare line PROJECT WOO in 2020.[2] He is growing his cultural profile by blending his work with outside influences and interests in art, music, and fashion and has collaborated with major brands such as Porsche, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roger Dubuis, UGG, Converse, and more.[3]

Early Life[edit]

Growing up in Agoura Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, Brian Woo became fascinated by tattoos at 13, around the same time he stopped taking violin lessons. He and his friends would experiment with ink and needles after school.[1]

As he grew older, Woo worked as a fashion buyer, then a fashion designer, but struggled to make money. The area that he grew up in, north of Malibu, is famous for producing pro skateboarders.[5] Woo used to skate and credits it with sparking his interest in subculture. All the kids got into tattoos, and after moving to LA, Woo gave up fashion and started hanging out at Shamrock Social Club, befriending Mark Mahoney and becoming his apprentice for two years.[1]

Mr. Woo spent about three years apprenticing (scheduling appointments, cleaning the bathroom, watching Mr. Mahoney and other artists work) before he touched a machine. Around that time, he picked up the nickname “Dr. Woo” from a regular.[1]

Dr. Woo currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and two kids.[6]

Career as a Tattoo Artist[edit]

Dr. Woo began his career at the world famous studio Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood as an apprentice for Mark Mahoney, but after catapulting in popularity over the years, he now operates out of a private hideaway studio in The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel known as HIDEAWAY at Studio X. Woo's work has become popularized due to the fine-line and heavily detailed style he brings to each tattoo. [2]

Dr. Woo's extensive celebrity clientele launched his work into the spotlight beginning back in 2013. At the Shamrock Social Club, he gave tattoos to the likes of Miley Cyrus, Drake, Justin Bieber, Rhianna, Demi Lovato, etc. After these signature black-and-grey pieces were showcased on social media, booking an appointment with Woo now takes up to two years.

Following the move to HIDEAWAY at Studio X, Woo's work continues to grow, most recently inking a trio of dragons on Emilia Clarke’s wrist, tiny leaves on Zoë Kravitz’s hands, and a moving tribute to Nick Cordero on Zach Braff’s arm.[7]

In addition to a long wait time, Woo's unconventional style of tattoos and growing celebrity network has resulted in his Instagram page amassing over 1.8 million followers.[3]

In November of 2019, Dr. Woo spoke about his design and collaborative processes for his tattoos at the Adobe MAX conference, one of the largest creative conferences in the world.[8]

Skincare Line[edit]

In August of 2020, Dr. Woo launched his eponymous skincare line PROJECT WOO, a culmination of skincare essentials for all types of skin, tattooed or not. [9] The first iteration of the line features after/care kits, an aspect of skincare that Woo believes to be most important for taking care of a new tattoo.[9]

Despite attempting to launch a business during a pandemic, Woo is now one step closer to achieving his dream of creating a household skincare brand.[2]

After its launch in early 2020, many major media sources praise PROJECT WOO for its efficacy and eco-friendly production.[9] Shortly after first hitting the market, PROJECT WOO donated 100% of its proceeds to the charity Baby2Baby, a group that provides essential supplies for babies in the Los Angeles area.[9]

Other Ventures[edit]

Dr. Woo is active in the television space, serving as an executive producer to the HBO Max Original series created by Filmmaker Eddie Huang, Chinos. The concept is an exploration of the subcultures in Los Angeles through the Asian American experience while flipping the “model minority” notion on its head.[10]

He has also began prepping an anthology food series with Kids Say The Darndest Things producer Anvil 1893, an untitled original series in which he explores the unique foods associated with different holidays.[11]

The docuseries will tap into Dr. Woo’s fascination with food and food subcultures through the lens of national food holidays that celebrate everything from fried chicken and pork belly to hoagies and gumbo. As part of each event, Woo will travel to the best and most exotic sources of the celebrated food to explore its origins, the culture around it and the people who love to eat it.[11]

In December 2018, Dr. Woo collaborated with Japanese lifestyle brand Neighborhood and released the limited edition "Booze" ceramic incense chamber. The unique piece of functional art depicts a tattooed hand clutching a rose topped with a skull. The inscriptions on three sides of the base read "DR. WOO," "Meet you there," and "Los Angeles * Tokyo." [3]

Most recently, Dr. Woo put on sale a 7-piece line of NFT’s with WOAW Gallery in November of 2021. These mask NFT's are part of his series NOTHING THE GOD OF BIOMECHANICS WOULDN’T LET YOU INTO HEAVEN FOR 1–7 and winning bidders will have up to a year to decide whether they would like to trade-in their token for an IRL tattoo of the same mask from Dr. Woo — stripping the digital image from the NFT — or, hold on to the digital rendition.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Dr. Woo". nytimes.com. Retrieved Jan 3, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Justin Bieber and Drake's tattoo artist is the skin guru you need to know". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Tattoo Appointment with Dr Woo". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  4. ""Dr. Woo"". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  5. "Needles and spin: inside the world of the US's top tattooist". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  6. "Hollywood Tattoo Artist Dr. Woo on the Most Intricate Tattoo He's Inked During the Pandemic". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  7. "Justin Bieber and Zoë Kravitz's Trusted Tattoo Artist Is Ready to Make Your Skin Look Great Too". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  8. "Hollywood Tattoo Artist Dr. Woo on Rumored Two-Year Wait List, Body Part He Refuses to Ink". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Tattoo Artist Dr. Woo's New Skincare Line is For Everyone, Inked or Not". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  10. "HBO Max Wins Auction For 'Chinos'; Put Pilot Deal For Animated Show By 'Fresh Off The Boat's Eddie Huang". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Celebrity Tattoo Artist Dr. Woo & Anvil 1893 Prep National Food Holiday Series". Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  12. "WOAW Gallery Enlists Dr. Woo for Its First NFT Auction". Retrieved January 3, 2021.

External links[edit]

Category:1982 births Category:Living people Category:People from Los Angeles Category:American tattoo artists Category:American male models Category:American people of Asian descent Category:American cosmetics businesspeople Category:Philanthropists from California Category:Activists from California

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