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…#NAOHOAstory⠀

 

 

(3/3) R.I.P…😔🎗 #NAOHOAstory⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ …without a doubt, your mum would be so very proud of you. 💕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * information shared here is strictly confidential.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

 

This client gave me a sketch to work from, but I forgot to add it to the video. 🙈

 

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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. 📚💖 #NAOHOAstory⠀⠀

 

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. 💪 #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. ✨

 

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Cardiff Comic Con – September’18

Hi, folks!

A quick announcement to say that, after a fantastic weekend in May, I’ll be at Comic Con again on 22-23rd September at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff.

Pretty much the same deal as last time, where I’ll be around all day to chat to you in person, so feel free to swing by and say hey~ 😀 I’m conscious that there were big queues last time with many of you waiting very patiently, so I think for this one, I’ll suggest booking an appointment with me at the studio for a longer chat (or video call, if you’ll be travelling from afar), to save people waiting for too long. Sound fair?

Unfortunately, I won’t be selling customised portraits this time round, but signed art prints will still be available, and it’ll be the only place where you can buy 2 for £20 (saving £5).

Will I finish the Ghibli Tribute in time? 😱 With running the business and being in the intense NatWest Accelerator course, I’ll admit, I’m finding it hard to keep everything in check, but I’ll try my best to get the print ready to sell on the day, as many of you were interested last time. If you’d like to follow its progress, Instagram is the best place to find me, as I often share Live Stories of what I’m up to (they’re quicker and easier than arranging posts).

Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you soon!

Naomi xxx


#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.” 😌 #NAOHOAstory .

 

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(3/3) First tattoo was a breeze~ Well sat and congrats on your fabulous birthday treat! 💕

 

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#NAOHOAstory…Short and Sweetpea

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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Do you like the daisy or cherry blossom versions? Contact me to book yours now!
Once taken, they will no longer be available, so be quick!

 

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! 🏵👏 Always an honour when people choose NAOHOA for something so precious. 😌 #NAOHOAstory

 

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Comic Con Call-Out 2018

….How has it been a week since Comic Con already?! 😱

Thanks so much to those of you who supported me during my first big event – I had a blast~ 😄 If you wanted to have a chat but I was on a break or talking to someone else for a while, please get in touch: info@naohoa.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Going by Zan’s notes from when I was away, here’s a call-out to some peeps:

  • Simon (Kylo Ren cosplay) who’s after a chest piece.
  • Andy from one of the stalls selling figurines who’s wants a coverup.
  • Marines dude who has or wanted a dragon? Think I may have spoken to you eventually but not sure.

 

Naomi Hoang from NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, signing an art print. Cardiff Comic Con 2018.

I appreciate that conversations lasted 5-20mins per person at times and you wanted to experience the event more, so if you were patiently waiting (or too shy to approach me on the day), please do get in touch – I don’t bite. 🙂

PM/email is best as they’re easier for me to catch up with and I don’t answer calls when I’m with clients or outside of Opening Hours (11am-6pm, Mon-Sat). We can always arrange a timeslot over the phone if you prefer to chat before booking a consultation.

 

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Naomi Hoang from NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, signing an art print. Cardiff Comic Con 2018.

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What Else I got Up To

NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos at Cardiff Comic Con, selling Sugarskull Cubone and Geo Swan Art Prints by Naomi Hoang.Besides chatting to people about what I do here at NAOHOA, I was also selling and signing art

prints. Sugarskull Cubone and Geo Swan are currently available, with Ghibli Tribute on the way (available for pre-order).

…..Also, yes, that’s a Pokéball next to a NAOHOA ball. 😀 My friend Simon rendered it for me when I was obsessed with Pokémon GO and wanted to do some themed prints/tattoos.

I also had a really lovely time getting to know some of the stall-owners, such as Gwen Davies, who let me have a go at henna for the first time (and sells gorgeous earrings!).

Overall, it was a fab weekend. I was pretty anxious leading up to it, but people were super lovely and it was completely worth doing. Now to sign up for more~ 😘

 

Thanks for reading!
Naomi xxx

 

 

 


Prize Draw

Word-of-mouth and top reviews are by far the best way for any business to gain traction. For an industry such as tattooing, that requires a large amount of trust, they’re absolutely vital.

Those of you who have experienced getting a tattoo at NAOHOA know how hard I work to be as accommodating and professional as possible. Since launching in 2015 it’s been a one-woman-band, and I really appreciate those of you who have taken the time to write a review.

 

As a ‘Thank You’, I run a seasonal Prize Draw, where you have the opportunity to win one of the following:

 

…all you have to do is leave me a review on Google AND Facebook by the last Thursday of January, April, July or October to qualify (I’ll announce the winner the next day via Facebook Live). Leaving a review on one or the other platform is super appreciated but doesn’t qualify you to the Prize Draw!

This applies to past clients only. Each participant can only win once.

Once you’ve done that, please fill in this survey, so I know your prize preferences. 🙂 I may be in contact with you to check your postal address before sending your prize.

That’s all, folks~
Naomi xxx


#NAOHOAstory…Dreaming of Travel

 

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

 

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(3/3) Dreaming of travel. 😌💕🛩🌍 #NAOHOAstory .
Well done for sitting through your first tattoo!! 👏😃

 

Here’s what she had to say:

“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. 😉