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.

 

Let’s Chat! 😄

 

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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

 

 

 


Ghibli Tribute

Any Ghibli fans here? 😀 This is something I started with the intention of selling at the Film & Comic Convention (Cardiff), but it ended up being quite detailed and I wanted to spend more time on it.

Here’s how it’s looking so far:

Can you spot which films are referenced?

I’ll post updates on here, but if you wanna see them live, best follow my Stories on Instagram! (@naohoa)

Until next time. ^_^
Naomi xxx


‘Elements’ Japanese Sleeve

This client was searching for a tattoo artist for around two years to bring his tattoo idea to life. After finding my ‘Four Seasons’ sleeve, he decided NAOHOA was the place to be! I was originally going to post this as a #NAOHOAstory but was too excited to share it, haha. Maybe I’ll add the other elements at a later date. 😛

Fire 🔥, Water 🌊, Earth 🌳, Sky ☁.

 

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).

 

 

 

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).


#NAOHOAstory…Kung Fu Panda

This client came all the way from Birmingham with his mates to get ink! I had a blast designing and tattooing this one. 🙂

Tattoo design of Po from Kung Fu Panda by Naomi Hoang, NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK).

(1/3) This Brummy client wanted a Kung Fu Panda tattoo, based on the pose of this figurine. I sketched a more dynamic version, which was later painted after getting a thumbs up from the client. #NAOHOAstory . The figurine looks a bit weird ’cause his proportions are all over the place. I already had the art book for #kungfupanda2 and used that for reference. 😄🐼

 

Inks prepared to tattoo Po from Kung Fu Panda, designed by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK).

(2/3) Inks at the ready! #NAOHOAstory .

 


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. 🙂 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

 

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Outline:

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

 

 

UPDATE: 10/04/18


‘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 colour 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. 🙂 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. 🙂 “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! 🙈

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. 🙂

Kind regards,
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


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


The Color Festival 2016

Great News, Everyone!

I’ll be at The Color Festival, Cardiff!! If you fancy some face paint or tattoo transfers whilst dancing to some sweet beats, swing by NAOHOA’s stall to get your fix. 😀

I’ll be there all day with my lovely helpers, so even if I’m busy talking to someone about real ink, there will always be someone around to see to you. Obviously, big music festivals aren’t the most relaxing or sterile of environments, so we’ll only be doing temporary tattoos on the day.

Right now, I’m drawing up some Pokémon designs but will have some more non-nerdy ones available on the day at varying sizes and prices.

 

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* Stay Tuned for Updates on Designs & Services *

I’ll be around all day, so if you’d like to discuss tattoos with me, please do. You can book and pay Consultations, which we’ll have after the festival when alcohol isn’t at play! 😛

All of the designs will be available to have tattooed however, as soon as one has been reserved, no one else can have it. NAOHOA stands true to being bespoke. To keep a design, you’ll need to pay a Reservation Fee upfront to secure it. The fee will vary depending on the size and duration you’d like to reserve it for.

 

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Competition & Prizes

 

Twitter

The most retweets of your selfie donning NAOHOA temp. ink.

T&C’s:
  • Your post MUST include: Photo selfie clearly showing your temporary tattoo, #TCFtattoo and tag @_naohoa
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • Follow us on Twitter.

If these requirements are not met, you will not qualify for the competition.

 

FacebookNAOHOA Prize

The most ‘likes’ of your selfie donning NAOHOA temp. ink.

T&C’s:
  • Your post MUST include: Photo selfie clearly showing your temporary tattoo, #TCFtattoo and tag @NAOHOA
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • Like our Page.

If these requirements are not met, you will not qualify for the competition.

 

Prizes

A free Consultation and one hour of tattooing at NAOHOA!
ONE winner from EACH account will be selected on Sunday 28th August at 6pm, then announced soon afterwards.

 

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Cheers for reading and see you there!

Naomi xxx


Pokémon GO Tattoos

NAOHOA-branded ball next to a Pokéball

Designed by Naomi Hoang, executed by Simon Vickers.

Hey all,

Is anyone else obsessed with this game?! I grew up with Pokémon and worked in gaming so you may know that I’m pretty into GO – especially if you’ve been following my personal account on Twitter.

Initial Designs

Many moons ago, I re-designed some members of my original team from the Blue days and honestly, it would be a blast to do something like this again.

 

What’s your favourite Pokémon?

Would you want to get it tattooed? Or simply have an original sketch/digital print of your own? Email me at info [at] naohoa.com if you’re interested in having a bespoke Pokémon illustration/tattoo of your own in an art style you prefer.

 

Rapidash Re-design. My go-to art style when painting is realistic, but I’m not restricted to this.

Interested?

Follow me on social media to see updates on new designs!

Follow me on social media to see updates on new designs!

Prices will vary depending on what you’d like, so let’s start a conversation and take it from there. 🙂

I’ll be posting updates of my own designs as I go along, which will be made available to clients. Once chosen, they will be taken off the market, so nobody from NAOHOA will have the same tattoo as you!

Kind regards,
Naomi xxx