The making of a celebrity tattoo artist is difficult to trace. They are not always more talented or visionary than their peers, or more aggressive in their pursuit of the spotlight. The shift to fame can happen seemingly overnight: One day they are toiling away in someone else’s studio, the next day musicians and actors are lining up to be inked by them. So it was for Dr. Woo. Now in his 40s, the LA-based artist’s work first exploded in popularity This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 47 My Favorite Thing Tattooist Dr. Woo on the necklace that money can’t buy. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 38 Needle Work In Seoul, the ancient art of tattoo is thrown into sharp relief. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Walt Odets The author and clinical psychologist on why self-acceptance is the key to a gay man's well-being. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 A Picture of Health Xiaopeng Yuan photographs the world’s weirdest wellness cures. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Chani Nicholas and Sonya Passi Inside the astrology company on a mission to prove workplace well-being is more than a corporate tagline.