#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.” 😌 #NAOHOAstoryΒ .

 

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

 

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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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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! πŸ΅πŸ‘ Always an honour when people choose NAOHOA for something so precious. 😌 #NAOHOAstory

 

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#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!”Β #NAOHOAstory

 

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(3/3) Dreaming of travel. πŸ˜ŒπŸ’•πŸ›©πŸŒΒ #NAOHOAstoryΒ .
Well done for sitting through your first tattoo!! πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

 

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.Β πŸ˜‰

 

 

 


#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. πŸ™‚

 

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! 😊 #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! πŸ˜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! 🍁 Still need to do a thicker outline around the whole thing to tidy it up, but well sat nonetheless for her first tattoo. 😊 #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.

 


#NAOHOAstory…Mighty

This client wanted to have the Chinese version of his name with an energetic brush stroke on his back. πŸ™‚ His name means a mixture of powerful/mighty/strong/brave…all that Jazz!

 

A client during a Consultation with Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(1/3) “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” -Bruce Lee #NAOHOAstory

 

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Chinese calligraphy tattoo with a broad red brush stroke. Designed and tattooed by Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(3/3) Strength. Courage. Bravery.Β #NAOHOAstory

 

Testimonial

Had my 3rd Tattoo done by Naomi. She did a fantastic job what I wanted. She very different compare to the other tattoo palours I been in the past in a very good way. Her studio is very clean, well presented and welcoming.

Naomi is very nice lady, very professional, very patience to her clients. She has good future ahead of her. She gives very clear instructions of the aftercare of the tattoos also she gives nice thank you pack with clear instructions of the aftercare to which is very kindly of her.

No doubt I will be returning for future tattoos and highly recommend for someone to have first tattoo with her.

Β – Alan S.

‘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. πŸ˜›

Fire πŸ”₯, 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…A Vibrant Universe

Photo of a vibrant, colourful watercolour-style tattoo designs. Designed and tattooed by female tattoo artist Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(1/5) Cracking the paints out again! This time, doing some colourful circles to symbolise the universe~ ✨

 

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Photo of colourful tattoo inks. Designed and tattooed by female tattoo artist Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(3/5) All the inks!! \o/ I mix colours from scratch, as ones from bottles are rarely *exactly* what I’m after in the design. 😊 #NAOHOAstory .
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…..all those years of painting paid off! 🎨 #colourtheory

 

Photo of female tattoo artist Naomi Hoang at work in NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(4/5) Sitting calmly for her first tattoo. 😌 #NAOHOAstory

 

Photo of a vibrant, colourful watercolour-style tattoo. Designed and tattooed by female tattoo artist Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

(5/5) Congrats to this client for her first tattoo! A spiral of watercolour paint, symbolising the universe. ✨ #NAOHOAstory .
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I used @kurosumitattooink, @bishoprotary
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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. πŸ™‚ 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


#NAOHOAstory….Rat Pack

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

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. ❀” 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!! πŸ˜…πŸ™ˆΒ  #NAOHOAstory
@waterlootea: Your Hibiscus Berry tea went down a treat here! πŸ‘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. πŸ€Β #NAOHOAstoryΒ 

 

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?! 😍 Wanna start your #NAOHOAstory? Email me at info@naohoa.com to book your Consultation~ βœ¨πŸ˜„

 

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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 colourΒ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ “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!Β πŸ™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. πŸ™‚

Kind regards,
Naomi xxx