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Gorgeous Hair, no more a Tedious Affair with Rafi Kouyoumjian

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Can hairstyling be exciting? For many of us, the regular trip to the salon can be a tedious task, something we have to get out of the way to make us look presentable. Hardly anything we look forward to. But to some, specifically, those who have taken it as their life’s work, it is a passion.

Count Rafi Kouyoumjian among them. The Kuwait-born son of Armenian parents and a resident of Abu Dhabi openly calls hairstyling an art-form. For the owner of Beauty Spot in the city’s Anantara Hotel and top-ranked hairstylist in the United Arab Emirates, hair isn’t merely a job.

Kouyoumjian emphasizes each visit with him being quick and efficient with customers while they are in the chair, but that’s not the end of the story. He also emphasizes the need for the entire experience to be a rewarding one, and for the end result to be one that excites the person wearing it.

“Hair design is an art,” he says. “People who do what I do, and do it as well as I do, we’re magicians. And it’s fun. When you find something fun, you’re going to be good at it; you’re going to enjoy listening to women and making them look and feel beautiful.”

Koyoumjian finds his work fun and sees it as art. A look at his Instagram reveals this. Nine out of ten posts are videos showing what he can do with a customer’s hair. And with over eighteen thousand followers, it would appear that people value what he has to teach and show the world about hair.

“When I say that I’m one of the best hair designers in the UAE, it’s not just me bragging,” he says. “I see it as a responsibility. I see it as a way to show there are those of us out there who take hairstyling seriously and make it into an art-form.”

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Skin Design Tattoos and Robert Pho Take NYC

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For over two decades, Skin Design Tattoos has been a leading name in the tattoo industry. Recently, it opened its flagship studio in the vibrant Soho district of New York City. The launch, sponsored by Philipp Plein and Villon, attracted a glamorous crowd, including top figures from New York’s entertainment and tattoo scenes. Notable attendees included comedian Shiggy, members of VH1’s “Black Ink Crew,” and renowned tattoo artist Keith Hernandez. Photographer Josh Sobel elegantly captured the event, which was coordinated by PR professionals Shawn Germain of Tomorrow’s Group and Johnny Donovan.

The studio’s design, featuring sleek lines and raw brick, provides an elegant backdrop for the intricate black and grey realism tattoos that Skin Design is famous for. This aesthetic is echoed in the collections of sponsor Philipp Plein, known for his use of stark lines and intense shading to add depth.

Robert Pho, CEO and Founder of Skin Design, shared his artistic vision at the event, describing his designs as “not just art; they are narratives of life’s stark contrasts, capturing tales of survival, redemption, and transformation.”

The studio is also known for its comprehensive apprenticeship program, where artists like Reena Pho, now a seasoned tattooist at Skin Design, hone their skills under Robert’s mentorship. Robert also hinted at future philanthropic efforts through a non-profit aimed at supporting aspiring artists who face financial constraints.

Since its inception, Robert Pho’s dedication has driven Skin Design Tattoos to international acclaim and a respected position in the tattoo world. The opening of the flagship studio at 285 Lafayette Street in New York is a testament to the brand’s enduring influence and innovation in tattoo artistry. Visit the studio in person, book a consultation at skindesigntattoos.com, or follow their creative progress on Instagram via @robert_pho.

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