Designer Rick Rose and Tattoo Artist Dr. Woo Launch Jewelry Collaboration with Crescent Heights Hardware Lab

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Jewelry and tattoos are two of the oldest and most universal forms of human expression. They’re also popular adornments in Los Angeles, where the entertainment industry, arts scene, and multicultural melting pot co-create some of the world’s most influential jewelry and tattoo trends. Now, Los Angeles jewelry designer Rick Rose and famed tattoo artist Dr Woo, aka “Woo,” are joining forces in a new jewelry business. Launched on August 31, 2022, their brand is called Crescent Heights Hardware Lab, and it is sold exclusively online at www.roseark.com

As Rose explained in a phone interview, “Our collaboration was born because I’ve had Woo tattoo me for years. His graphically distinctive artistry is accomplished by using very fine needles to ink detailed and delicate designs. His star designs and geometric circles are alive with broken lines and graceful spaces. Additionally, Woo also wears and collects jewelry and has worked in high fashion, having created designs for Sacai’s creative director, Chitose Abe, among others. “Because Woo understands so much about human anatomy, tattoo designs, and jewelry,” Rose explained, “we’ve always felt a mutual synergy, and for those reasons, I find it refreshing to work with him.”

The first piece of the duo is an 18k yellow gold and 18k white gold link bracelet that features links formatted four sides by two sides. “The links on our 4 by 2 bracelet are very architectural,” Rose explained, “with lots of angles. The two-tone nature of the gold helps accentuate the design of the links. On just one of the links, there is a two-pointed diamond which is somewhat of a secret, as it is only seen by other people when the link catches the light at the right time.While the bracelet features a bar and a toggle clasp, the shapes of these elements are based on Woo’s very graphic star tattoo design.”We are presenting this bracelet in a limited edition of 50 pieces,” Rose noted.(After wrist-testing the prototype bracelet during work, Woo knew that the ergonomic value and aesthetic appeal of the strap warranted production.The straps are made by master craftsmen in a workshop in downtown Los Angeles.) They are available on the Roseark website by special order.

“Our next piece features another Dr. Woo signature: it’s a necklace with an 18k gold spider pendant on an 18k gold chain,” Rose said. “It will be available during the holiday season. I really enjoy working with Woo,” Rose continued, “because he has a reservoir of visual culture in his mind. He constantly visits museums and galleries, so his image bank and understanding of anatomy enrich his ever-expanding vision.

The co-founder of the West Hollywood style jewelry boutique roseark, Rose has been designing jewelry since 2008 and holds two US patents for ingenious ring designs. In other words, he is an inventor who brings original shapes and concepts to the narrative of the history of jewelry. Before Woo opened his studio at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel, he honed his craft at the legendary Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor on Sunset Boulevard. Having inked everyone from football great David Beckham to pop musicians Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus to actor Cara Delevingne and model Bella Hadid, Woo brings his aesthetic, his style; his vision of the history of tattooing.

This union between two innovators is another reason why the Crescent Heights Hardware Lab is a promising collaboration. It will be interesting to see how jewelry lovers and tattoo enthusiasts react as Rose and Woo elaborate on the ancient art forms of jewelry making and tattooing.

Tattooing may have its origins in first aid: plant sap, clay and tree resins were often rubbed into wounds to stop bleeding and speed up healing. The applied materials often produced dark scars on the skin, and these marks lived on the body to tell stories of battles, animal hunts, near-death experiences; survival. Either way, ritual tattooing is believed to date back to the Paleolithic era (2.5 million BC to 10,000 BC), when tattoos were presumably done with stone and stone tools. bone. The jewels, on the other hand, are said to be around 100,000 to 120,000 years old. According to a study in which archaeologists documented microscopic signs of wear inside natural holes in seashells, Israeli coastal residents strung ocher-painted seashells on linen string. This find may also point to when people invented twine, as well as the invention of fishing nets and clothing.

Meanwhile here in 2022, Rose says, “Jewelry and tattoos adorn the body and tell stories about the body. Woo and I plan to continue designing and manufacturing innovative jewelry that tells stories while adorning people.

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