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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(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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(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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#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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(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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Ladies That Plan

Over a year ago, I stumbled across a lovely-looking planner on Kickstarter called Minerva. After buying one for myself to support the cause (and attempt to get my shizz together), I was invited to join their Facebook group. Over time, I got to know the larger-than-life owner, Sophie Jewry. I love her honesty around being an entrepreneur, along with positive encouragement and helpful tips on how to plan for our goals. I really have no idea how she juggles her time in running her own businesses and supporting us lot in her online community!

We planned her tattoo a few months ago and finally got round to inking it. It’ll be part of a larger back piece to join onto some existing work. Here’s the first part of the puzzle:

Design Process

 

 

….did I mention she drove all the way from Norfolk to be inked here?! :O Honestly can’t thank you enough for your commitment, Sophie – I had a blast and it was fab to finally meet you in person~ย ๐Ÿ’•

 

Until next time! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

It was her first time trying out Saniderm too – here’s what she had to say:

“Day 2 of the saniderm over the tattoo and I’m loving it!

No cream everywhere, no sticking to my clothes, no peeling gooey skin… all that lovely stuff no one talks about when they talk about tattoos and you forget until you get another one how inconvenient it is LOL

Not anymore! Bloody brilliant stuff. Thank youย Naomiย – it’s a revelation!ย 

 

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Photograph of a customer at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, City Road, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(1/3) “This will be my first tattoo…I’d like something small, pretty and delicate.” #NAOHOAstory

 

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Photograph of a custom-designed tattoo of a sweetpea flower, by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, City Road, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(3/3) Congrats to this client for getting her first tattoo! ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ‘ Always an honour when people choose NAOHOA for something so precious. ๐Ÿ˜Œ #NAOHOAstory

 

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(1/3) “I found you via City Life and really like what you do. This will be my first tattoo ever!”ย #NAOHOAstory

 

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(3/3) Dreaming of travel. ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ›ฉ๐ŸŒย #NAOHOAstoryย .
Well done for sitting through your first tattoo!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ

 

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“i had my first tattoo ,she did a lovely job, she is very clean .very professional ! and very patience, i was very scare but she made me feel very comfortable

thank you very much”

– Anto F.

 

Thank you, Anto~! It was a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to inking your next one.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 


#NAOHOAstory…Henna Om

This client came all the way from Birmingham for a tattoo she’d wanted for about 3 years. Being her first taste of ink, she wisely opted for the Temporary Tattoo Package, allowing her to try on her design in two different colours (black and brown). There was quite a lot of traffic on the way down and she had to leave early to head towards Portsmouth, but we managed to get the bulk of it done! Whenever she’s ready next, we’ll neaten it up with a thicker outline around the outside. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Henna-style tattoo by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(1/5) “I’ve wanted a tattoo for years…this will be my first one!” #NAOHOAstory

 

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Henna-style tattoo by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(3/5) Sending off temporary tattoos for this Birmingham-based client to try out! ๐Ÿ˜Š #NAOHOAstory .

 

Henna-style tattoo by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(4/5) This is what a Temporary Tattoo looks like when it’s on! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ #NAOHOAstory .

 

Henna-style tattoo by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(5/5) This is as finished as I’ll get for a long while, as she’s since moved to Canada! ๐Ÿ Still need to do a thicker outline around the whole thing to tidy it up, but well sat nonetheless for her first tattoo. ๐Ÿ˜Š #NAOHOAstory .

 

Testimonial:

“Naomi is an exceptional tattoo artist and highly skilled. I choose to get my first tattoo with Naomi because the studio was very welcoming, extremely clean and well organised. While I was there, Naomi made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I will definitely be going back there in the future.”

– Jen E.