2017 Closures

Refer to this page for planned closures and note that calls and emails will not be answered until the day of return. Please give up to 5 working days for a response before contacting again.

General questions can be found on the F.A.Q. Page.

The studio will always be closed on Sundays.

 

NAOHOA will be closed on the following dates during 2017:

February 25th

August 11-15, 17, 26

September 16

October 14th, 28th

November 1-2nd,  4-7th, 18th

December 25th

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding; I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Naomi

 


Introducing Huggard

A homeless man sleeping on a pavement.

Image taken from the BBC programme, Cardiff: Living on the Streets.

Hi everyone~!

Since NAOHOA began in 2015, you’ve had the option to donate £1 for every hour of tattooing towards three charities: Mind, British Dyslexia Association and British Red Cross (…or none at all!). This is taken from the company’s profits, so there is no change to your bill.

The first two are close to my heart (due to my own experiences) and BRC served as an ‘all-rounder’ to give you a broader option. However, homelessness is something I’ve long felt strongly about and after watching Cardiff: Living On The Streets, I learnt about the local charity, Huggard.

 

The logo for Huggard, a charity for homeless people in Cardiff.

 

Huggard is a Cardiff-based charity that helps homeless individuals have a safe place to sleep, eat and bathe. Training is available so they are better equipped to find work and some can gradually earn their own place of residency via the charity’s affiliates.

Due to the nature of their efforts, I will be switching out BRC for Huggard from 1st March 2017. BRC is a huge organisation with support from all over the nation and personally, I’d rather help a smaller charity through my work that has a positive impact on the community I’m in.

If you feel compelled to donate to BRC after the change, you can do so directly by clicking on this link. 🙂

 

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Easy Ways to Help the Homeless

Here are some ideas, including things I do when I’m out and about. If you have more suggestions, please comment below or tag me in your response on social media!

 

  1. Give change or donate to a charity that can help.
  2. Buy a beverage and/or food.

    Many stores do affordable Meal Deals and restaurants/cafes can prepare food to go.
    Waitrose give free tea/coffee to customers with a Membership Card, which are free to obtain. If I pass by one, I normally claim a free tea and give it to the nearest homeless person I see (especially during Winter). Don’t forget the milk, sugar and stirrers!

  3. If you spot a homeless woman, kindly ask if she needs sanitary products and offer to buy some for her.

    This is an issue most people overlook – here’s a short video of interviews with women in NYC speaking honestly about having their periods whilst sleeping rough.
    Ideally, a Menstrual Cup would be more useful, as they can be reused (worn up to 8hrs a time and last up to 10 years*!). Mooncup is the leading brand (Size A for women who have given birth naturally / Size B for those who haven’t).

  4. Have a voucher you’re unlikely to use?

    Offer it, if you think it’ll be helpful to them (e.g. meal deals).

  5. Have a friendly chat. 🙂

 

* depending on the brand and flow.

 

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Can’t Wait?

 

Here are the direct links to all of the charities, should you want to help now!

Mind

British Dyslexia Association

Huggard

British Red Cross


#NAOHOAstory…We Are United

This piece was a collaboration between the client and myself. She had the core idea on paper and simply wanted me to snazz up the wave. From what I recall: the circle, sky and water portrays the world and its elements and the dots represent people and how we’re all the same, regardless of gender or race…hence ‘United’ in the title. 🙂

 

Photograph of a young woman's arm whilst sat on a sofa at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

“I’ve been thinking about getting this tattoo for a few months now….”

 

 

Drawing by the client for Naomi Hoang to elaborate on. NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(2/8) Here’s a sketch the client gave me to elaborate on…

 

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Photo of the finished design at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(4/8) Design done! Not long now. 😉

 

Photo of a tattoo stencil, featuring the Hokusai wave, applied to a client's skin at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(6/8) Stenciled and ready to go. 🙂

 

Work-in-progress shot of an arm tattoo featuring the Hokusai wave, at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(7/8) Upon making a comment about this being a cool collab project: “It’s our baaabeeeyyy~~ 💖” 😂

 

A black and white tattoo of the Japanese Great Wave and dot work

(8/8) Healed up nicely. 🙂