The Mandrake is its own universe. You will understand this for yourself when you enter the hotel for the first time and experience the sharp contrast from Newman street. Even as a regular, I am still enlightened by Rami Fustok’s masterpiece each time I enter. Part of this is because the creative team constantly find ways to inspire and engage their guests with soulful, artistic experiences focused on mindfulness, freedom and self-expression. Recently, they welcomed back world-renowned British tattoo artist Thomas Hooper, who leads the next phase of their Artist-in-Residence programme.
During his previous residency, Hooper created a truly show stopping 12-metre tall, hand-drawn lift shaft. The artwork which exudes symbolism is inspired by the murals witnessed in his lifetime. From Catholic churches to Tibetan monasteries, this multi-dimensional piece, much like The Mandrake, allows viewers to have their own experience and interpretations – the main ethos of Hooper’s art. Bringing the piece to its roots, Rami Fustok, the owner of The Mandrake, is a co-author, seeding his own interpretations of his lifetime inspirations.
This time round, The Mandrake guests can skip the 18-month waiting list and have exclusive access to his signature ink. Guests can choose from Hooper’s personal design book, which has been specifically curated for his residency at the hotel, and leave with an inked Mandrake souvenir.