Making of…Geo Swan

Helloooo!

A few weeks ago, I asked a bunch of people what I should draw and two requests involved, “Something geometric”, and “Ooooo a swan”…so I put the two together and drew this. πŸ™‚

I started by drawing a rough sketch of the design, then scanned, darkened and blew it up to use as a template. I tend to draw really, really lightly, so it’s hard to see the original in photos/videos. After that, I simply inked in the geo aspects first, then sketched in the rest with pencil. I used a photo found via Google Images for reference of the swan and made up the rest.

This design is available to buy from my Art Rookie store as prints and greeting cards. I have some more designs on there and will be building on it over time, so be sure to check by for new pieces!

….What should I draw next? πŸ˜€

Naomi xxx


Art Wall

Hey, folks~

A few weeks ago, I had a go at some DIY and painted the wall on the far end of my studio:

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This is me today. Looks like this will need a few coats! πŸ˜… #decoration #painting

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…I’ve since snazzed it up with a *cough*fake*cough* bamboo plant and some signage that also works as a barrier between my room and the staff kitchen:

 

Newly painted Art Wall at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales (UK), featuring a bamboo plant and signage, displaying tattoo designs and photos.

 

Question is…what to fill it with? :O The plan is to have signed art prints and maybe tote bags and gift cards for sale at NAOHOA. I’ve started making some designs*, but what would you like to see?

Send me art requests using #NAOHOAart ! 🌸

 

* Designs will be available to tattoo (one person per design), but please bear in mind that I’ll continue to sell them as prints, so they won’t be as exclusive as my usual work.


Summer Tips

Wowzers it’s been hot lately! Have you been taking care of your tattoo when soaking up the rays?

Here are some helpful tips to get you by this season.Β πŸ˜ŽΒ β˜€

Plan Ahead…

Helpful tattoo advice from Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK).

β€’ Get your tattoo at least 2 weeks BEFORE you set off anywhere sunny so it has time to heal.

β€’ …to do this, you’ll need to book a Consultation a couple of weeks beforehand so I have time to design your tattoo for you.

β€’ Do you have beach trips lined up soon? Make sure you remember to keep your new tattoo covered to protect it from sea, sand and sun.

β€’ Is this a design you actually want or are you following current trends? What’s hot this season may not be in the next. Unlike fast fashion, tattoos aren’t something you can switch out of easily.

 

 

Whilst Getting Tattooed…

Helpful tattoo advice from Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK).

β€’ It’s best to stay hydrated in general, but this is especially important when the weather heats up. I’ll have filtered water ready for your visit and you can enjoy caffeine-free beverages from Waterloo Teas, free of charge*.

β€’ If the heat is too much, do feel free to ask for regular breaks.

β€’ If you have a long session booked and want to stay comfortable, bring spare clothes to change in and out of so you can leave feeling fresh.

 

* I’ve noticed that clients tend to bleed more after they drink coffee, so I recommend avoiding caffeine before and during your tattoo session.

 

 

While Your Tattoo is Healing…

Helpful tattoo advice from Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK).

β€’ As always, clean and moisturiseΒ at least three times a day (unless using Saniderm).

β€’ Do NOT use sun cream on it while it’s healing!

β€’ Your new tattoo is essentially an open wound. Take care of it and keep it clean to avoid infection.

β€’ Cover your tattoo to protect it from the sun’s UV rays. Fresh ink fades faster if exposed and you wouldn’t want to waste it all on the last hurdle!

β€’ Wear loose clothing. Friction can affect your tattoo. Loose, light clothing is more comfortable during Summer, anyway. 😊

β€’ I’m afraid skinny-dipping is out of the question while your ink is healing. 😜 Avoid submerging in water – especially in swimming pools, where the chlorine will irritate your skin and can cause infection.

Helpful tattoo advice from Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK).

 

 

After It Has Healed…

Helpful tattoo advice from Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK).

β€’ Now it’s time to use sun screen! At least 30SPF will do it. 50SPF if you want to be extra sure.

β€’ Ideally, keep your tattoo covered when it’s really sunny to avoid fading the ink.

β€’ Keep that skin glowing by staying hydrated, moisturising regularly and living a healthy lifestyle. If your skin is in good condition then your tattoo will be too. πŸ™‚

β€’ Enjoy your new tattoo!Β πŸ‘

 

 

 

Was that helpful?

These are tips tailored for Summer. For the full list, check out the Aftercare Advice page.

Many people like to get new tattoos to show off in the sunny season, but it’s worth remembering that tattoos are for life, not just for Summer. Take care of it and it’ll continue to look great for years to come.πŸ’–

Thanks for reading!

Naomi xxx

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Manchester Tattoo Appeal

Photos of Manchester Bee tattoos by Naomi Hoang, in tribute to the Manchester Arena Attack on 22nd May 2017 at an Ariana Grande concert.

#ManchesterTattooAppeal

Hi everyone!

In response to the horrific Manchester Arena AttackΒ on 22nd May, I was approached to do a Manchester Bee tattoo as a tribute and means to raise money for the families affected. The first person to contact me was a Cardiff-based Mancunian and interest soon spread to fellow locals, all happy to save a big trip to Manchester and queuing for hours.

 

Manchester Bee Tattoos

 

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First #ManchesterBee done! πŸ˜„πŸ #manchestertattooappeal #manchester #bee #vmfc #tattoo #firsttattoo #charity

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A couple came in for matching tattoos – one of whom had never been inked before!

“…a way to show that you’re against terrorism”
– Client during tattoo session.

 

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Temporary Tattoos

 

Understandably, not everyone was keen to go under the needle at such short notice but wanted to participate somehow, so I made temporary tattoo transfers as an alternative:

 

They’re also safe for kids and even helped one user ‘test drive’ hers before committing to the real thing:

Manchester Bee temporary tattoo, in tribute to the Manchester Arena Attack on 22nd May 2017 at an Ariana Grande concert.

 

American Fashion Designer, model and photographer, Julia Marie Chew, purchased two bees and used them in this beautiful photoshoot with her partner, Stephen Zane (photography by Greg Suarez):

Manchester Bee temporary tattoo, in tribute to the Manchester Arena Attack on 22nd May 2017 at an Ariana Grande concert.Β  Β Manchester Bee temporary tattoo, in tribute to the Manchester Arena Attack on 22nd May 2017 at an Ariana Grande concert.

 

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Money Raised for #ManchesterTattooAppeal

 

Overall, Β£88 was raised via tattoos and I topped it up to make Β£100.

Photos of Manchester Bee tattoos by Naomi Hoang, in tribute to the Manchester Arena Attack on 22nd May 2017 at an Ariana Grande concert.

With love, from Cardiff! πŸ’–πŸ

Donation to the Manchester Tattoo Appeal from NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff

…looks like formatting went out the window! πŸ˜…

It’s been an honour being part of this and helping the families whilst meeting wonderful people. Britain has experienced a cluster of devastating events recently, such as the Westminster Attack, London Bridge and Grenfell Tower…not to mention the unfair surge of Islamophobic hate crimes (including the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque) that continue to rise and cause more pain.

Times like this is when we need to be especially mindful of our actions and fellow peers.

Please, be kind…life’s too short to waste on hate.

Naomi xxx