Brian “Dr. Woo” was 14 years outdated when he bought his first formal tattoo — a dragon on his left ankle, when you omit the impromptu stick-and-poke smiley face him and his pals DIYed at age 11 — nevertheless it was a decade earlier than he even thought of going into that line of labor. It wasn’t for lack of curiosity, and even curiosity, as a lot because it was a preconceived notion of its plausibility.
“I used to be a tattoo collector from a really younger age, however the deeper I bought into that world, the additional away being a tattoo artist seemed,” he informed POPSUGAR. “Being on the store recurrently, I bought to see the pedigree a few of these guys had reached. It is such a subversive tradition, and I used to be intimidated. I used to be just a few first-generation child looking for my very own manner.”
As we speak, Dr. Woo is among the most sought-after tattooists, with the largest names in Hollywood (suppose: Hailey Bieber, Drake, and Kendall Jenner, to call a number of) all clamoring for a coveted appointment. However earlier on, he was working as a purchaser for a high-end trend boutique. Then got here his first large break: legendary tattooist Mark Mahoney, from which Dr. Woo had gotten many a tattoo, provided him a uncommon apprenticeship at his parlor — one of the esteemed in LA on the time.
“I used to be put up in opposition to individuals telling me I wasn’t going to make it, and everybody round me have been the perfect within the enterprise. It was good as a result of it gave me one thing to look as much as, however, on the identical time, it was a harsh measuring system.”
“It was three years of watching 10 tattooers on the high of their recreation, and it was nice, however I used to be on the backside of the totem pole. I did every part from sweeping to cleansing the bogs to ordering their meals to bandaging their shoppers. Any issues that trickled down, I used to be on the backside catching all of it.”
That, he says, was the true check: “I used to be put up in opposition to so many individuals telling me I wasn’t going to make it, and everybody round me have been the perfect within the enterprise. It was good as a result of it gave me one thing to look as much as, however, on the identical time, it was a harsh measuring system. You charge your self in opposition to these titans. I used to be insecure about my very own talents, and there wasn’t plenty of encouragement. However then I figured, like every part else, I am simply going to do what I can to the perfect of my capabilities, and have religion that if I assault a job with out slacking, it’s going to repay for me.”