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What Tattoo Artist Doctor Woo Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked celebrity tattoo artist Doctor Woo — whose second product launch for his skin-care line, Project Woo, drops later this week — about the markers, sparkling water, and incense he can’t live without.

A lot of paint markers don’t dry or get gummy or wipe off easily, so I’m always on the hunt for different ones to try. I saw these in an art store — they were locked inside a lockbox at the top corner of a shelf. I figured anything that’s locked in a lockbox is usually pretty good, so I bought some and tested them out. They’re amazing. I love the way they draw — the paint in them is so distinct and dries so quickly. They can write on every surface; I customized my Goyard passport holder with these because the markers are also permanent.

Of all the scents and candle companies out there, I like Byredo’s messaging the best. I like the branding, too, and, most importantly, I like the products. The fragrances are inventive, and they come up with unique ways to connect stories with scents. I know Byredo’s owner, Ben Gorham, and I just really vibe with him — I like his story and what he’s about, which makes me like the brand even more. When I’m at my studio, I’ll burn a Byredo candle right when I arrive because I like it to have a specific vibe. “Tree House” is one of my favorites. I find the scent calming.

I have a very low-sugar diet — I try not to consume any sugar at all. But I still like a little sweetness, so I switched over to stevia. I drink a lot of coffee, so that’s the main thing I use these drops with. I’ll put maybe four or five drops in a cup? They’re pretty concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Sometimes sweetener drops have weird aftertastes, but these don’t have that weird bitterness you can get.

Like everyone else, I used to be so focused on taking photos with the camera on my phone. The quality of phone photos these days is so incredible that we sometimes forget about what a real camera can do. But I travel a lot and love taking photos, so I thought a proper digital camera would be great for documenting my trips. I got the Leica Q for traveling, but then I loved the way my tattoos looked when I took photos of them with it, so I started using it for that, and now I use it for everything. I still go on adventures here and there in quarantine because in L.A. you can drive into the desert or up to the mountains or to the beach and still be away from everyone. So I have the camera with me at all times — I even take product shots for my skin-care line with it. Leica is an amazing heritage camera brand. I love the way that they use old bodies, so the cameras have a vintage feel and a connection to the past. And this model is just a beautiful camera. It’s digital, so I don’t have to fuss with film, and it has a fixed lens, so I don’t have to keep changing out different lenses. It’s just an all-around good point-and-shoot camera.