Modern Original Person – Castillo

While slightly clichéd, the saying “never judge a book by its cover” rings true in 2016 more than ever. There’s a major shift toward embracing originality instead of conformity. We profiled one of the industry’s “mane” men, Castillo, who beauties like Ruby Rose, Priyanka Chopra, and Halle Berry count on to keep them looking red carpet-ready. Read on to discover more about this stylist to watch.

At first glance, the young, heavily tattooed Los Angeles-based stylist’s ink might overwhelm you, however, each work of art has a story behind it. Castillo decided to pierce himself at the age of 11 to rebel against his parents’ separation. “[I was] piercing my ears, piercing my lip—all in different ways. As soon as I got to the age where I was able to go get a tattoo, I started expressing myself more.” Naturally, his first tattoo was on an unconventional place. “I was like ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to rebel. I’m not going to conform to society. I’m going to be an artist,” he says.

Castillo, in a sense, used his tattoos and piercings as a guard—preventing others who didn’t understand his sense of style to simply stay away. “[I thought] it’ll keep ‘those’ people away. People that do want to get to know me, meet me and work with me are going to love art no matter what. It also separated me from the normal crowd.”

Over the past few years, Castillo has made many sacrifices to get to where he is now—and he’s no stranger to hard work. To stay focused, Castillo made a conscience effort to eliminate vices like drinking and excessive socializing, which opened up doors for him to take on more work. “Whether it was a test shoot, paid shoot, or unpaid shoot, I was there prepared and ready to work,” says Castillo. And his big break? Working with the budding Disney star, Bella Thorne, who didn’t have a stylist at the time. “Her belief and support in me really helped build my confidence to where it is today,” he adds.

Gratitude (Castillo is a firm believer in affirmations, prayer, and astrology à la Susan Miller) plays a major role in staying humble despite the big names around him. A man of his word, he even has “Sober is Sexy” tattooed on his wrist as a reminder to always think about the big picture. “It really keeps me centered to the goal. There are so many ways to be sexy. I think that people feel the need to drink and to do certain things that numb you, which is fine to feel sexy. There’s also a beautiful art in finding sexy in yourself naturally.”

To him, Modern Original People are true risk-takers. “Not only just taking risks in being themselves, but taking more risks on every level—on what they do, how they speak, how they interact with people, how they dress, how they express themselves in a social setting.”

We couldn’t agree more.

To learn more, follow Castillo on Instagram @ castillo_13