#NAOHOAstory…Geo Tulip

 

Pencil drawings by a Bristol-based NAOHOA client for Naomi Hoang to use as inspiration for her tattoo design (Cardiff, Wales).

(1/4) After seeing the Watercolour Geo Flower I did, this client wanted something along the same lines, featuring a tulip. Here are sketches she gave me to work with. 🙂

 

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(4/4) The healed tattoo! This client travelled over from Bristol and took this photo for me. #NAOHOAstory

Healed back tattoo of a geometric tulip. Designed and inked at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK) by Naomi Hoang.

(4/4) The healed tattoo! This client travelled over from Bristol and took this photo for me.  #NAOHOAstory

 

This client travelled over from Bristol for her ink! If you’d like to know more about travelling for your tattoo (and hear what others have to say), check out my blog post, Visiting Wales.


Will It Hurt?

Most common question? You guessed it: “Do tattoos hurt?”

In a nutshell:

The level of pain you experience will depend on where and what you’re getting, along with your personal pain threshold.

Here’s a simple breakdown based on my experience as a tattoo artist:

 

Places That Don’t Hurt (…as much):

  • Outer arm
  • Outer thigh
  • Calves
  • Forearms
  • Shoulders

Why?

If you think about it, these parts of the body are used to being, well…used. The skin is conditioned from being out in the open more often. Nerves aren’t as close to the skin as other parts of the body, making these areas good starting points for first tattoos.

 

Places That (typically) Hurt More:

  • Inner arm
  • Inner thigh
  • Chest
  • Foot
  • Knees (front and back)
  • Ankles
  • Elbows (front and back)

Why?

Bony areas essentially have less ‘padding’, so they tend to hurt more than more fleshy parts of the body. Skin is more sensitive on inner arms, thighs and joints. They’re less exposed to the elements, so they don’t need to be as hardy as the outer parts. There’s also a lot of motion/friction from clothing in these areas, which can contribute to longer healing times.

 

In-betweenies

Here are places I’ve noticed clients have very different reactions:

  • Back
  • Ribs
  • Wrists

Yeah…I’m surprised ribs are on this list too, but the people I’ve inked there so far dealt with it really well. It’s a bony area that’s notorious for being a pain-point – same goes for the wrists. Goes to show that it really comes down to the individual!

 

Places I Won’t Tattoo:

  • Face and neck (nape of the neck is fine)
  • Intimate areas
  • Hands

Why?

The first two are places I personally don’t want to tattoo. Hand tattoos tend not to heal properly and fade quicker than other areas due to the amount of use and movement they go through. I’m simply not convinced they’re a hygienic place to ink and don’t want my name to something that won’t look as good as my usual work.

 

 

Final Thoughts

…ultimately, everyone’s different, so it’s impossible to predict. What might be agony for one person is a breeze for another. Factors such as weather and preparation (such as eating beforehand and staying hydrated…or not) can affect your tattoo session, as well as location and size of tattoo. Naturally, I try to make things as comfortable for you as possible when you visit NAOHOA, but some things are out of my control.

From 1-10 (10 being the most painful), what was your last tattoo like?

Naomi xxx


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. 🙂

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? 😀

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! 😅 #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. 😎 ☀

Plan Ahead…

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

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

• …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.

• 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.

• 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).

• 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*.

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

• 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).

• As always, clean and moisturise at least three times a day (unless using Saniderm).

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

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

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!

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

• 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).

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

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

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. 🙂

Enjoy your new tattoo! 👏

 

 

 

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.💖

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 Attack 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! 😄🐝 #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.   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, £88 was raised via tattoos and I topped it up to make £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! 💖🐝

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

…looks like formatting went out the window! 😅

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


#NAOHOAstory…Sunshine

Photo of a client at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK), drinking Waterloo Tea.

(1/3) “I am looking to have my first tattoo. Nothing big. Just a small one around my nipple…I read your rave reviews so would be interested in what ideas you may have.” #NAOHOAstory #NAOHOA #Luxury #Bespoke #Tattoos #Consultation

 

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Healed tattoo of a black stylised sun around a nipple. Designed and inked at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK) by Naomi Hoang.

(3/3) It healed beautifully. Well sat for a first tattoo….around the nipple, no less! I’ve since heard touching news that this client was so happy, that he embarked on a healthier lifestyle to be in better shape to show off his ink. Well done!! 😁👏 #NAOHOAstory #changinglives #tattoo #Bespoke #customtattoo #customerservice #sun #nipple #nippletattoo

 

What did you think of this story? Message me, using #NAOHOAstory !

 

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Designing Clocks & Roses

 

Hi all 🙂

I received a cluster of requests around the same time for clocks and roses (inner arm pieces) and thought I’d share my design process for them.

Aware of the popularity of this combination, I wanted to ensure each design was personal and unique to each client. Everyone has their own reasons to choose the subjects for their tattoos and I strongly believe it is my duty to fulfil that to the best of my ability…in a way where the client feels their tattoo is special for them and them alone.

 

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Clocks & Roses with…

 

#01: …an Asian Twist

Work-in-progress of a Clock and Rose for an Asian-influenced tattoo design, by Naomi Hoang at  NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales (UK).

Transition from final design to linework for the stencil.

This tattoo wraps around an existing one of Chinese characters and the client intends on having it extended into a Chinese dragon that ends at his chest. Bearing this in mind, I felt it would be fitting to do the clouds and water in an Asian art style. It’s still realistic (to tie in with the clock and roses), but the forms are stylised. I did this by omitting the hard outline that would normally be used in Asian drawings.

By doing this, the art styles won’t feel disjointed to the rest of the sleeve when complete.

Here’s a short vid of its progress so far (click to play):

 

#02: …a Feminine Touch

Work-in-progress of a Clock and Rose for a delicate tattoo design, by Naomi Hoang at  NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales (UK).

This client was easy-going with her design so long as it had a clock and roses. Given her slim frame and feminine nature, I felt it would be more appropriate to incorporate this. Visioning white roses (rather than red) and using negative space meant the overall tattoo wouldn’t be too heavy on her. I already knew she preferred delicate tattoos having done a smaller one on her ankle beforehand.

Unfortunately, she disappeared after I designed it, so it’s now available to tattooo:

An original tattoo design by Naomi Hoang, featuring a pocket watch, roses and birds flying away.

This design is available! Contact me if interested. 🙂

 

#03: …a Modern Spin

Work-in-progress of a Clock and Rose for a modern tattoo design, by Naomi Hoang at  NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales (UK).

There were several things to consider with this design: It was his first tattoo, so the clock needed to work as a stand-alone piece, should he change his mind in wanting more; we thought it would be cool to slip in various references of his interests into the design; elements needed to be left out until after a big event. Overall, the brief was to provide a modern take with subtle references woven into the design.

Work-in-progress of a clock and rose tattoo by Naomi Hoang, NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

 

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What do you think? I hope you enjoyed this insight to my process and perhaps feel assured that I’ll always do my best to design something special for you. 🙂

If you’re interested in ink, please get in touch and we’ll get the ball rolling!

Thank for reading,

Naomi xxx


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

October 14th

November 4-7th

 

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