Octopus Sleeve

I’m currently working on a full sleeve tattoo, with an octopus as its main feature. It’s in a contemporary Japanese art style and we worked together a lot to get it just right. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click on the Instagram posts to watch the videos.

Animated GIF of a tattoo sleeve design, featuring an octopus and flowers in a Japanese art style. Designed by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

The design process

Photo of the Octopus Sleeve, designed by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

 

 

 


Queen’s Arcade (Nov 2017)

On Saturday 18th November, I had a stall at Queen’s Arcade, Cardiff. I had a fun time chatting to people who were please to discover an alternative tattoo studio! Here’s an intro vid I did in the morning:

…unfortunately, I couldn’t broadcast it as a Facebook Live ’cause signal. was. so. bad. I did get it on FB eventually and things got busier for me later in the afternoon.

My annual Chinese New Year cards can be bought on eBay:ย https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162778147739

Here are more snaps from the day. I might be doing more, so if you see me around, please come say hi! ^_^


#NAOHOAstory….Rat Pack

…okay, more of a ‘duo’ than a ‘pack’, but that’s less catchy. ๐Ÿ˜› Check out this client’s first venture into the world of tattoos with her cute buddies.ย ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ

Photo of a woman sitting on the sofa at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK) during her tattoo consultation, enjoying Hibiscus Berry tea from Waterloo Teas.

(1/3) “This will be my first tattoo…I want it to be of my pet rats. โค” I love how this client checked I didn’t have a phobia of rats before talking about them or showing me pictures. So kind. Thankfully it wasn’t for spiders, so we’re okay!! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™ˆย  #NAOHOAstory
@waterlootea: Your Hibiscus Berry tea went down a treat here! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

 

 

 

Photo of a healed tattoo of two rats in a minimalistic line art style. Designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

(3/3) The healed tattoo~ Rats are cute. ๐Ÿ€ย #NAOHOAstoryย 

 

Photo of an ankle tattoo of two rats next to the woman's pet rat. Designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

(4/3) BONUS IMAGE: Isn’t this adorable?! ๐Ÿ˜ Wanna start your #NAOHOAstory? Email me at info@naohoa.com to book your Consultation~ โœจ๐Ÿ˜„

 

Client Testimonial

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“I had my first tattoo with NAOHOA. Naomi is a really welcoming person who makes you feel you’re in safe hands. She got my ideas straight away and the final tattoo is so cute! Already planning tattoo number 2!”

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‘Four Seasons’ Sleeve

A colourful half-sleeve design by Naomi Hoang, which depicts the four seasons in the style of traditional Japanese woodblock art. NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

In a previous life, I was a Concept Artist/Illustrator for the gaming industry (I still do this sometimes but only on a remote, freelance basis). The first company I worked at was The Creative Assembly (SEGA), where I produced the Event Pictures for Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai. Several pages of my work can be found in The Art of Total War or on my personal art blog.

My experience there left me well-versed in the art of Japanese wood-block prints, which I applied here. The idea was to have a design that resembled traditional Japanese art with a modern twist, rather than imitate big, bold styles that originated from the Yakusa*.

This was my first attempt with colourย and I really wanted to go all-out, so I could learn lots before inking people. It’s a lot like traditional painting, and having grown up trying out different types of media, this wasn’t any different.

* Japanese organised gang.

Spring

Japanese wood-block-style tattoo sleeve designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang on an A Pound of Flesh silicone arm. NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

It was easy to decide what to base Spring on, given that their national flower is the cherry blossom. It’s my favourite type of tree too, so I had fun inking this part in. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used coloured lines (rather than black) throughout the sleeve for a softer and more vibrant look. It’s a technique Disney use that prevents the image looking too flat, which I think is the issue with using black outlines…unless you’re going for that look.

 

Summer

Japanese wood-block-style tattoo sleeve designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang on an A Pound of Flesh silicone arm. NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Summer was a tricky season to represent. My first thought was a clear blue sky but a.) that can happen in any season and b.) it’s not very interesting compared to the other subjects. Eventually, I read somewhere that fireflies emerge during the Summer, so I depicted this in a silhouetted forest scene. I was concerned it wouldn’t fit into the rest of the sleeve, being so dark, but over time it grew on me and serves as a contrast in light and colour palette.

 

 

Autumn

Japanese wood-block-style tattoo sleeve designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang on an A Pound of Flesh silicone arm. NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Trees look fabulous in Autumn, and I was delightfully surprised in how easy it was to portray bunches of leaves with simple lines. I drew a loooooot of clouds and waves during my contract at The Creative Assembly, to the point where people would call them “Naomi Clouds”, which was cute. ๐Ÿ™‚ “Naomi Swirls” were a thing too, hah.

 

 

Winter

Japanese wood-block-style tattoo sleeve designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang on an A Pound of Flesh silicone arm. NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Winter was another tricky one. I knew I wanted to feature Mt. Fuji, which always has some snow on the peak and figured it would be a clear and easy way to portray the season when covered in snow. I added a cooler, brighter hue of blue/turquoise to give the surrounding patch of sky an icy chill…subtle details like that can be nicer than big, literal ones, I think. For example, slapping a snowflake on top would be too much, imo, and distract from the overall image.

 

Wave

Japanese wood-block-style tattoo sleeve designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang on an A Pound of Flesh silicone arm. NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

I’m aware that Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa‘ is hugely popular as a tattoo as well as a print, so I wanted to feature this in the sleeve for solid practice. I noticed a lot of tattoos neglected the subtle shading on the outer waves, so I added some in blue for my version. It’s a tiny detail that adds a lot to the image, I think. Having studied his work for Shogun 2, it was already embedded in my brain anyway!

 

Closing Thoughts

It’s been around two years since this piece was completed. I started practising on my desk in the spare room and carried on working on it in the studio during late hours…because parking in Cardiff is free after 6pm and I couldn’t afford to pay for a spot or didn’t know the area enough to find free ones. I put everything I had into this and setting up the studio, making as many sacrifices needed to make it all happen. It’s easy to forget about that sense of tenacity once it’s all done and bewildering to look back on.

‘Four Seasons’ is still my favourite and proudest tattoo moment and I think it’s because it was fun and void of pressure. Sure, these arms aren’t cheap to use, but I did have the freedom to work on it whenever I liked, on a subject I enjoyed and, if I messed up, at least it wasn’t on a human being!ย ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Thanks for reading~ I hope you liked reading about my thought process and musings behind this design. If not…that’s okay too! It was nice to reflect on this piece and the time around it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kind regards,
Naomi xxx


#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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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


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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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? ๐Ÿ˜€

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!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ #NAOHOAstory #changinglives #tattoo #Bespoke #customtattoo #customerservice #sun #nipple #nippletattoo

 

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Designing Clocks & Roses

 

Hi all ๐Ÿ™‚

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 havingย it extended into a Chinese dragon that ends at his chest. Bearing this in mind, I felt it would be fitting to doย 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 stylesย 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 usingย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

#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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Thank for reading,

Naomi xxx


#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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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~~ ๐Ÿ’–” ๐Ÿ˜‚

 

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

(8/8) Healed up nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 


Facepainting at The Color Festival 2016

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Floral Face PaintIt’s always fun to see what life throws at you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Recently, I was approached to work at The Color Festival (Cardiff) as a face painter. I hadn’t thought of that route before but figured it could be an interesting way to raise awareness of NAOHOA to aย large crowd in a short space of time.

ย Never one to shy from a challenge, I gave it my all and by the end of the week I had a fully-functioning stall with original designs, newly-printed marketing material and a queue of people waiting to be painted by me and my team.

 

Many lessons were learnt (which I’ll apply to future events), the clients were lovely and I’m so utterlyย proud of the team for banding together so that things ran as smoothly as possible.

 

20160827_150452The event itself was utterly packed and we were working non-stop from 2:30-11:30pm! I managed one loo break and ate a piece of chicken as breaks, haha. Many thanks to those of you who waited patiently to see us – queuing for as long as an hour to get painted! Always a joy to see happy clients skip away afterwards. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

20160827_200208Last but not least, congratulations to James Cannon for winning the Facebook prize! He’ll be treated to a Consultation and 1hr of tattooing with me, worth ยฃ100. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The whole thing has made me think about offering these skills for special events – in or out of the studio.

 

Are you a festival organiser looking for a face/body painter? Please get in touch!

 

Stay tuned on my social media pages to get sneak peeks on updates. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Until thenโ€ฆ.keep rockinโ€™!
Naomi xxx

Last Three Standing!

The last three standing after a 14hr shift!