#NAOHOAstory…Two Blossoms ๐ŸŒธ

(1/3) This client approached me for her first, and very meaningful, tattoo…#NAOHOAstoryโ €

(3/3) Congrats on your first tattoo, Lorna! To those struggling to conceive, check out her Instagram account @ch3rryblossom02, where she shares her experiences to raise awareness and so others feel less alone. #NAOHOAstoryโ €

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#NAOHOAstory…Catching a Wave ๐ŸŒŠ

(1/3) This passionate explorer wants to always keep the sea close to her… ๐ŸŒŠย 

(3/3) Managed to finish before this lovely client whisked away to catch another wave~ ๐ŸŒŠ

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What Did She Think?

I would thoroughly recommend NAOHOA whether you are going for a first tattoo or just want a beautiful custom piece designed by a truly talented artist. Naomi creates a wonderful tattoo experienceย โ˜บ๏ธย it’s the longest I’ve had to sit for thus far but the chat was easy and engaging and the process was pretty much as painless as it gets bearing in mind you’ve got a needle sticking in your skin!! Thanks a bunch, I’m sure I’ll be back!”

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#NAOHOAstory…Out With the Old, In With the New

This gent first got his tattoos over 3 decades ago and, after seeing body art that’s available nowadays, wanted an upgrade!


(1/3) This client has tattoos from 35 years ago! Seeing all the shiny artwork that’s out these days, he approached NAOHOA to cover up a piece from his teen years. ๐Ÿย #NAOHOAstoryโ €โ €โ €โ €
(2/3) For this coverup, I needed the original tattoo lightened to make my job easier in the next sesh. Here is a before and after shot (healed) to show how much it faded after applying skin-tone ink….you can see the difference under the same lighting in the second pic, where he compares the two old tattoos!ย #NAOHOAstory

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#NAOHOAstory…Life’s Highlights


(1/3) This mountain-climbing, dog-loving client approached me for her first tattoo. ๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’•
(3/3) A fond reminder of all the things she loves~ ๐Ÿ˜Œ #NAOHOAstory
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Why Winter is the Best Time to Get a Large Tattoo

Photo of a Japanese-style sleeve, based on the elements fire, water, earth and sky. Designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the ink is so delightful~ Okay, I’m no songwriter, but that’s not what this is about anyway. Ever wonder when the best time to get a tattoo is? Well, it depends on what you want and where you want it.

 

Why Winter?

Generally-speaking, Winter is best for large projects because the cooler temperature makes the healing process more tolerable. Fresh tattoos are essentially an open wound, so if you’ve got a lot of skin vulnerable, you don’t wanna be stuck in a heat wave with plasma oozing everywhere.

Mmmmm, plasma.

Good Places to Get Tattoo’ed

  • Upper body
  • Thighs

These places are good all-year round…it’s just more comfortable to heal large pieces when the weather isn’t muggy.

 

Avoid During Winter

  • Feet
  • Lower legs

Hey, I won’t stop you, but I will advise waiting until it’s flip-flop season for foot tattoos, as fresh ink rubbing against thick socks all day (and probably night) aren’t gonna do it any favours. The skin is thinner in that area, making it harder to hold to begin with, so the lower down the foot we go, the higher the chance of it rubbing away through wear-and-tear, regardless of the weather.

Lower legs aren’t as concerning, but if you’re likely to wear skinnies and boots…again, friction from daily movement will fade your new tattoo faster than if you wore loose clothing until it healed.

 

Other Pros

Less Prone to Fading

…because it won’t be exposed to sunlight as often, if at all. UV rays fade tattoos – especially ones that haven’t healed fully yet.

 

Less Sweat

The brisk weather means you’re less likely to sweat during the day, which would normally clog the pores and lead to…

 

Itching

Healing tattoos itch. SO. MUCH. My advice is to either pat the area or put something cold on it. The cooler environment should temper down such urges, making the process more bearable.

 

 

Cons

Dry Skin

Depending on your skin type, you may be prone to dry skin when the cold air hits it. If this applies to you, simply moisturise your tattoo when you feel is necessary so it doesn’t dry and scab up.

 

Less Room to Breathe

We normally wrap up at this time of year, which means fresh tattoos would have less time to breathe. Try not to wear anything too tight around the area to avoid friction and irritation.

 

Fewer Chances to Show Off

Without a doubt, most people will join in your excitement and want to see your tattoo. Unless you’re happy to unravel layers of snuggly warmth each time, you’re better off having a photo on your phone to appease them.

 

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#NAOHOAstory…Always With Me

(1/3) I met this lovely lady whilst buying a coffee! She’d always wanted a tattoo in memory of her mother but didn’t feel comfortable in having it until we met…#NAOHOAstoryโ €

 

 

(3/3) R.I.P…๐Ÿ˜”๐ŸŽ— #NAOHOAstoryโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Generally speaking, I avoid asking questions that are too personal, as it’s up to you how much you want to share or withhold* – just as I avoid initiating hugs, as I feel it would be unprofessional of me to do so (it’s okay if you want a hug – I get that having a tattoo can be an emotional process!). I can’t imagine what her journey was like through such loss, and was amazed at her strength and kindness.โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € …without a doubt, your mum would be so very proud of you. ๐Ÿ’•โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € * information shared here is strictly confidential.โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €

 

This client gave me a sketch to work from, but I forgot to add it to the video.ย ๐Ÿ™ˆ

 

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#NAOHOAstory…Love’s Bouquet ๐Ÿ’

(1/3) This client approached me for a tattoo that would reference her partner in a subtle way. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ #NAOHOAstoryโ €

 

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(3/3) Which flower do you think her partner is named after? ๐Ÿ˜Š #NAOHOAstory (photo taken by the client)

 

Testimonial:

“What an utterly wonderful experience, I would highly recommend Naomi to anyone who wants to be tattooed in a totally calm, relaxed studio by an amazing artist! Already planning my next oneย โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ”

– Rebecca B.

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#NAOHOAstory…The Magic of Books

Tattoo client waiting on the sofa during a Consultation. NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK), founded by Naomi Hoang.

(1/4) Not shy of getting inked, this client approached me for a watercolour piece that expressed her explosive love for books. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’– #NAOHOAstoryโ €โ €

 

Animated GIF of Naomi Hoang's tattoo design process for 'The Magic of Books'.

(2/4) The design process behind this colourful tattoo. #NAOHOAstory

 

(3/4) Using my trusty Brother thermal printer to print of the tattoo stencil. ๐Ÿ’ช #NAOHOAstory

 

'The Magic of Books' designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(4/4) ‘The Magic of Books’ (fresh tattoo), using Kuro Sumi ink and rotary machines by Wayne Taylor and Bishop. Had a lot of fun inking this one! Love the colours. โœจ

 

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#NAOHOAstory…Forever Family & Faith

(1/3) “I’ve wanted a tattoo for 20 years and thought I’d treat myself for my 40th! Something to represent my family and faith.” ๐Ÿ˜Œย #NAOHOAstoryย .

 

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(3/3) First tattoo was a breeze~ Well sat and congrats on your fabulous birthday treat!ย ๐Ÿ’•

 

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