What to Expect When Using Saniderm

Saniderm, an aftercare product specifically designed for tattoos, is available to buy at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales (UK).

Saniderm is the brand name of a medical covering that is used as a ‘second skin’ to heal wounds. Other brands include Tegaderm, Dermalize and 3635. At NAOHOA, only Saniderm is stocked and offered as an optional extra.

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✔ Pro’s

  • Low-maintenance – gives peace of mind when going about your day.
  • Doesn’t stick to clothes.
  • Protects from dirt and prevents tattoo from drying out.
  • Freedom to move and shower without concern of damaging the tattoo.
  • Skip the ‘scabbing phase’, as it’ll be contained within the dressing.
  • Easier to avoid picking at said scabs or accidentally scratching at the fresh tattoo, as the barrier will prevent it.

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❌ Con’s

  • Not suitable for those allergic to latex or the adhesive on plasters.
  • Best not worn for too long in hot weather or if you have a regular exercise routine, due to sweat build-up.
  • If you’re prone to dry skin (or the weather is particularly dry), you may need to remove it sooner to moisturise the skin.

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How To Apply Saniderm:

Instructions:

  1. Keep the first one on for 24 hours. To remove, submerse in warm water to loosen it then peel away gently.
  2. Clean the tattoo with a mild soap (or just warm water), using your hand only.
  3. Leave to air dry or pat dry with a clean, disposable tissue.
  4. Remove the paper backing of the Saniderm patch and apply to the centre of your tattoo. Hold into place and apply even pressure from the centre outwards to avoid air bubbles.
  5. Carefully remove the outer clear plastic cover so that you’re left with only the thin layer of Saniderm. Push away air bubbles to the edges if necessary. This can stay on for up to 7 days.
  6. After use, you can either purchase more in-store or follow the Aftercare Advice until your tattoo has completely healed.

For more information on the product or to see a video tutorial, please visit their official page: saniderm.com

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What Does It Look Like?

When applied, it looks like a thin, transparent film that’s attached to the skin. You’ll still be able to see your tattoo, and it’s flexible enough to allow for movement. It’s breathable and waterproof, meaning you can go about your day as usual and not worry about showering.

Many thanks to Emily for providing the following photos! ✌

Stage 01: Fresh, uncovered tattoo (I forgot to take a photo of when I applied Saniderm!)

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Stage 02: The first patch can be worn for up to 24hrs. In pieces like this that involve a lot of colour-packing, the build-up will be more dense than pieces that cover less surface area (e.g. fine line tattoos).

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Stage 03: Apply a new patch, which can stay on for up to 7 days.

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Stage 05: You might notice the scabbing phase, where the tattoo appears to be cracking away. This is normal. In this piece, the lighter parts are healed and the darker areas are remnants of the old skin breaking away.

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Stage 06: The tattoo is healed! 👏

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Help! What Do I Do If…

…the sides start to peel?

Remove and either replace with a new patch or use the traditional method of cleaning and moisturising your tattoo until it’s healed.

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…there’s an air bubble inside?

Three options:

  1. Gently pop the bubble with a small incision (ensure the knife/needle/scissors are clean and be careful not to harm your tattoo). Squeeze out the air, then apply a small patch on top to seal it. DO NOT LEAVE UNSEALED, as this would expose your tattoo to contaminants, raising the risk of infection.
  2. Try and push the bubble towards the outer edge of the patch. Be mindful not to damage your tattoo – remember that it’s a fresh wound that needs to be taken care of.
  3. If the first two options aren’t possible, remove and use the traditional method of aftercare (clean and moisturise every few hours).

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…I start to get a rash?

Remove immediately, clean and moisturise the area and consult your GP. It would be helpful to inform your tattoo artist so they can make a note that an allergy to the product may have been developed and so should be avoided.

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…it’s really itchy?

Itchiness is a normal phase of a healing tattoo, and although scratching should be avoided (regardless of whether you’re using a dressing or not), you can pat the area or apply a cold compress to soothe the skin.

If the skin looks irritated, then it’s likely that there’s a build-up of sweat underneath the dressing. If this is the case, remove the Saniderm then clean and moisturise the tattoo and let it breathe.

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Closing Thoughts

It’s a great product and I wish I’d known about it when I had my tattoo (sleeping on your front for two weeks during Summer is not fun!). Many clients have raved about Saniderm and it’s pretty hard to go back once you’re used to its convenience.

At time of writing, NAOHOA charges £5 for 1 week’s worth of patches or £7 for 2 week’s worth. They are cut to size and I’ll teach you how to use it as I’m doing so, which will give you confidence in applying the next patch yourself. An aftercare leaflet is provided (inside the Gift Bag for all new customers) and of course, information is available on this website at all times.

When you leave NAOHOA, you’ll have everything you need to look after your tattoo. 💜

If you have more questions, ping me a message and I’ll add it to the post!

Naomi xxx


#NAOHOAstory…Dancing Ganesha

(1/3) This bubbly duo approached me for their first tattoos. 💕 I’ll only be showing one of their tattoos (right), as the other is deeply personal and the client wishes to keep it off social media. It’s never too late to get inked! I’ve tattoo’ed plenty of people in their 50’s and 60’s for their first piece of body art. 🎨 #NAOHOAstory

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(3/3) I had the pleasure of bumping into this client whilst meeting a friend for coffee! Happy to see it healed beautifully and that even her mum was won over by it!! 😲 #Win #NAOHOAstory

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A Guide to Getting Your First Tattoo

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

Last year, I crunched the numbers and discovered a whopping 40% of NAOHOA clients came here to get their first tattoo! 

With so many of you about, I thought it would be a good idea to collate helpful information on what to prepare and expect when getting tattoo’ed…also, you voted for this topic more than the other one via Instagram Stories. 😛

Please note that I’ll be writing with NAOHOA’s processes in mind – other studios may have a different system in place. Since walk-ins aren’t accepted here, there’s generally more involvement required by the client to ensure they get a piece they really want – not just something they found.

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What Do You Want? 🤔

  • Is it in memory of something or someone? Think about what epitomises this experience or person.
  • Is it one, or a collection, of your favourite things?
  • If you’re getting a matching tattoo, what bonds you together?

These are all valid and there are no right or wrong answers! It’s your body and your choice. Saying that, I personally won’t tattoo subjects deemed offensive – different artists will have their own level of sensitivity on the matter, so check their portfolios to get an idea of what they will or won’t tattoo and be respectful of their boundaries.

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Where Do You Want It? 💪

  • Is it for you? i.e. hidden or somewhere easy for you to see.
  • Is it a statement piece? i.e. somewhere easy to flaunt.
  • Will its presence affect your work prospects? Consider what areas are appropriate for your role.
  • Honestly…think more about where you want to see it, rather than whether it’ll hurt more or not. It’ll be on you for life and in the grand scheme of things, the period of pain will be very short in comparison.

Note: I don’t ink above the neck (i.e. face – nape of the neck is fine) and private parts. I’m also reluctant to tattoo hands, as they fade very quickly and generally aren’t worth it. Artists will have their own list of no-go areas, so check with them first when enquiring.

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What Art Style? 🎨

There are many ways to portray the same subject, and I appreciate that not everyone will know the terms to specific art movements or styles. The easiest way to get your idea across, is to create a Mood Board of things you like the look of. Don’t limit yourself to other tattoos – branch out to paintings, sculptures, murals…anything visual that communicates your aesthetic taste.

Explained in more detail in ‘What To Do Before Getting Your Tattoo

If you’d like to put these thoughts to paper, you can download my Ideas Worksheet for FREE after subscribing to my Newsletter.

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Choosing a Tattoo Artist 😎

Start by seeking artist who are capable of the art style you’re after, then narrow down to location and budget. Tattoos are on you for life, so it’s best not to skimp on the details.

…you get what you pay for. 😱

Don’t forget that building a rapport is important. You’re trusting this person with your body and so the more respectful and professional they are, the better. If you’re able to visit the studio and meet the artist beforehand, or follow their posts long enough to get a gauge of their personality, this will help ascertain whether they’re a good match for you (or not).

Depending on the size of your tattoo, you’ll be spending hours at a time with this person, so it doesn’t hurt to check whether you’re compatible!

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Design Process ✍️

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).

At NAOHOA, we have a face-to-face Consultation to get on the same page, before working on your design.

It’s a collaborative process where we work together to bring your idea to life.

Full process explained here.

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Temporary Tattoo

Your design is finished and you’re excited to get it tattooed…but you stiiiiiill need some time to get used to it. At NAOHOA, you can have a temporary tattoo printed of your design. Having it placed on your skin will help you adjust to the reality of having body art. If you’re unsure on where to get it, multiple copies can be printed for you to trial different locations. This is an optional step that’s £5 to pay for cost of materials.

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Tattoo Time! 👏

Energy 🍎

Eat a meal beforehand and stay hydrated during your sesh to keep your energy levels up. It’s okay to bring snacks…just nothing smelly, please!

Heads up: coffee makes people bleed more, so please lay off the stuff until after your appointment.

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Pain ⚡

Always the first question people ask about! Here’s a clear list of suggestions:

  • Relax…the more calm you are, the less you’re likely to feel the pain. You can read specific techniques in Keeping A Calm Mind’.
  • Paracetamol for pain.
  • Ibuprofen for swelling (eat something first).
  • Numbing cream is okay – you’ll need to supply and apply it yourself. Brands such as TKTX or Ametop are fine as they don’t change the texture of the skin. Emla is not suitable, because it makes the skin leathery and isn’t made for tattoos.
  • Take breaks when you need to. Herbal teas are on the house! 🍵
  • Find out which areas hurt more than others (and why) in the blog post, ‘Will It Hurt?’

NAOHOA cannot provide medical products and it is the client’s sole responsibility to use them safely.

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What to Expect on Arrival 😬

The general procedure at NAOHOA is for clients to fill in a Consent Form to confirm they’re happy with the design, then review the Medical Form completed during the Consultation to note any changes (if applicable). Please sign and date both forms.

Bevvies are served and I’ll have set up half the station before you arrive. Inks and machines are prepped after the client has arrived…in case they don’t…because that has happened before. 😐

Photo of colourful tattoo inks. Designed and tattooed by female tattoo artist Naomi Hoang at NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).
All inks and aftercare products used at NAOHOA are vegan-friendly.

Black and grey pieces are straight-forward to prep, and generally take ~15 mins to have in place (inc. machines). Colour pieces take more time, as I mix every gradient individually for each tattoo, so the palette matches your design as closely as possible. This process is much like working with traditional oil paints, but with less freedom to mix colours in between, so please be mindful of the additional time it takes to prepare when paying for parking or making plans after your session.

Tattoos take time to prepare and carry out, so please be respectful of the process and avoid asking for it to be rushed. These steps are carried out to ensure you get the best possible art for you to enjoy for life. 🎨💕

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Aftercare 💜

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).

Heading Home 🏡

If you opt for Saniderm, I’ll apply the first patch for you and teach you how to use it. If not, I’ll wrap your tattoo with cling film, which is only to be worn between the studio and when you get home. Don’t keep it on for long periods of time, as bacteria can grow underneath and infect your tattoo.

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If Using Saniderm

The first patch I apply at the end of your session can stay on for up to 24hrs. The next day, soften with warm water and remove by teasing away the edges. Clean, rinse, dry and apply the new patch, which can stay on for up to a week.

Instructional Video:

Click here for detailed written instructions

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If Not Using Saniderm

Clean and moisturise every few hours until healed (usually 2 weeks). It’ll scab and that’s normal! Just make sure it doesn’t dry up, ’cause the ink could fall out during the scabbing process.

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Universal Do’s ✔

  • Keep under wraps to protect from direct sunlight (UV rays fade ink)
  • Be attentive: clean and moisturise your new tattoo every few hours if you’re not using Saniderm.
  • If not using Saniderm, wear loose pyjamas that cover the tattooed area. When it sticks the next morning, run it under warm water and gently peel away the fabric to avoid pulling ink out of the new tattoo…otherwise, you’ll be glued to your bed sheets with no choice but to tear yourself away!

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Universal Don’t’s ❌

  • Avoid submerging in water (baths, swimming)
  • Avoid applying pressure to the new tattoo, as any sudden or sustained impact can cause the ink to bleed under the skin (i.e. blowout), leaving unsightly marks that are permanent.
  • Do not scratch – instead, pat your tattoo or apply something cold to soothe the skin.

More advice in the Aftercare page.

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Enjoy Your New Tattoo! ✨

You’ve gone through it all and your tattoo is beautifully healed – congrats!! To keep it looking fresh, moisturise your skin regularly and exfoliate once a week. When out in the sun, use SPF 30+ to protect it from UV rays, which would otherwise fade it.

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Related Blog Posts:

Everything here has been written in more detail in the following blog posts:

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#NAOHOAstory…Jumping Fox


(1/4) I met these lovely ladies at Comic Con last year and one of them was looking to get a cute jumping fox tattoo. 🦊 #NAOHOAstory

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(3/4) If you’re unsure on where to get your tattoo, temporary tattoos can be printed to help you decide! They’re just £5 extra and adds peace of mind before getting the real deal. #NAOHOAstory

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(4/4) A fresh pic of the tattoo! 🦊 #NAOHOAstory

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#NAOHOAstory…Elegant Dragon

(1/3) This client chose NAOHOA to create her first tattoo in a delicate art style…#NAOHOAstory

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(3/3) May this dragon take flight! 🐉 #NAOHOAstory

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#NAOHOAstory…Sun & Moon Become One

(1/3) This @ripple_living @kickstarter supporter wanted a sun and moon hybrid whilst supporting two local businesses! #NAOHOAstory

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(3/3) Finito~ This was so much fun to design and ink! Thanks for sitting so well for this rib piece ☀ An hour of this went towards funding @ripple_living, which has been open for nearly a year now…how time flies! 🌍💚 #NAOHOAstory

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#NAOHOAstory…Dream (Catcher) Bride

Alexis and I met at the NatWest Accelerator Hub (Cardiff) and bonded right away. She runs a subscription business, where activity packs are sent to your home each month to encourage kids to express their creativity. In a world full of phones and tablets, Mila & Pheebs aim to make playtime tactile again!

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(1/5) This bride-to-be wanted a coverup on her wrist in time for the big day. 💐 #NAOHOAstory

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(3/5) The old tattoo (left) was by another artist and had been through a few laser removal sessions. It was originally an emerald stone, in memory of her grandma, who left her a piece of jewellery with said stone…not happy with the result, she promptly asked me to cover it up when we met by chance at the #NatWestAccelerator hub! #NAOHOAstory⠀⠀⠀

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(4/5) Bye-bye old tattoo~ A dreamcatcher with her kids’ initials inside. #NAOHOAstory

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(5/5) A healed shot of Alexis’s tattoo on her wedding day! 👰💐💕 #NAOHOAstory

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What Did She Think?

” Naomi did my cover up and I can’t recommend her enough. She was so professional, fully understood my idea and her attention to detail is impeccable. “

– Alexis C.



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What is Tattoo Blowout?

You may have heard this term or even experienced it, but what exactly is ‘blowout’? Read on to find out! 

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First, let’s look into what happens when the skin is tattooed. Here, you can see the layers that make up your skin and what lies beneath. Typically, the ink is deposited in the dermis, where it sits indefinitely.

I say indefinitely, because the body treats the process as an infection, and if it succeeds in its mission to remove it, the ink fades…or, of course, if you get laser removal treatment, the ink will break into smaller pigment particles and be absorbed by the body (we’ll save that for another blog post).

The unappealing effect comes about when ink is injected deeper than necessary.

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What Does Blowout Look Like?

Embarrassingly, this is one by me. 😱 Must have been having an off day. Still, I’d rather use my own example than potentially upset another artist.

The easiest way to describe it is like an ‘ink bruise’ that surrounds the tattoo. They typically start from the edges of the tattoo and slowly fade outwards.

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What Can Cause Blowout?

There are multiple factors that can play into this – some are down to the artist, others due to aftercare:

  • Needle being pushed in too deep,
  • Needle being inserted at an awkward angle, puncturing an area of skin that doesn’t align well with the surface,
  • Stretching the skin too much whilst tattooing
  • Impact or pressure on the tattoo during the healing process
  • Excessive stretching/moving of the tattoo during the healing process

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Coverup in progress.

What Areas are More Prone to Blowout?

  • Wrists
  • Ankle
  • Feet
  • Hands

…essentially, bony areas and places with thin skin (or both).

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Can Blowout Be Removed?

Like the rest of your tattoo, it’s there to stay. Your options include:

  • Laser removal treatment
  • Altering the design to cover it (such as adding a gradient or colour around it)
  • Cover up the tattoo with another design.
The original tattoo was covered up with a new design. It isn’t necessary to go this big for a coverup – it just happens to be a design this client wanted.

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What If I Don’t Want Another Tattoo?

The short answer is: either learn to accept it or consider getting the unwanted areas removed using Laser Removal Treatment. Tattoos are permanent markings in the skin and clients must be prepared to this commitment prior to getting their body art.

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What Can I Do To Fix Mine?

If you’re looking to have your tattoo altered or covered up, please use the form below to book a Consultation. We’ll chat about your tattoo and ideas:

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If you’d rather have the blowout (or whole tattoo) removed, NAOHOA is affiliated with Rethink The Ink (Porthcawl).

5 sessions in (click here to see the post)

Jon is a fantastic practitioner whose work doesn’t leave scarring or change of skin pigmentation. Let him know that I sent you. 😉

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Thanks for reading! For more information, check out my blog posts that cover Tattoo Advice, Lifestyle or follow other people’s journey via #NAOHOAstory. 💗


#NAOHOAstory…Ghibli Tribute


(1/5) This client wanted to get a Ghibli-inspired tattoo before going on her adventure to South America 🌎 #NAOHOAstory

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(3/5) Here’s a shot from @elsielusty when it was healing, using @saniderm. Check out her profile for more photography goodness. 📸 #NAOHOAstory⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For more information on Saniderm and how to apply it, click here.

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(4/5) Here it is, the finished and fully-healed Ghibli Tribute, all the way from sunny Columbia! 🌞 #NAOHOAstory⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Thanks for taking these pics, @elsielusty ! 👈 Check out her profile for travel photography and beautiful vistas via Stories. 🌄⠀⠀⠀

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(5/5) Bonus pic! It’s rare I get to see your tattoos outside of the studio. 😜 Here’s a shot of Elsie somewhere in sunny South America, with Ghibli goodness on her side. #NAOHOAstory
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What Did She Think?

” Thank you so much Naomi for my amazing piece. from start to finish naomi listened to my ideas and created a piece better than i could´ve imagined. i will definitely be returning for another – can´t recommend enough!! “

– Elsie L.



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#NAOHOAstory…Sketchy Magpie

(1/3) I met this couple during Comic Con, where the gent on the left came to discuss an idea for his first tattoo, which would mark a significant part of his life… #NAOHOAstory
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(3/3) Congrats on your first tattoo! 👏 Sat like a pro and even left with sound advice on how to care for the plants at the studio after I over-watered them. 😅 🌱 #NAOHOAstory
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What Were His Thoughts?

I went to Naomi for my first tattoo and from the beginning she made me feel welcome and at ease. The studio is amazing, as soon as you walk into it you feel comfortable and chill. I gave Naomi a rough idea as to what I wanted and she designed it amazingly to the style I liked. Would definitely do business here again and look forward to getting my second tattoo with Naomi.

-Liam J.



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