Ghibli Tribute

Any Ghibli fans here? πŸ˜€ 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

Cardiff Film & Comic Convention 2018

Drawing by Naomi Hoang of the NAOHOA Team for Film & Comic Convention Cardiff 2018

Hey all!!

This year I’ll be doing my first ever Comic Con, where I’ll be available all weekend to meet and greet anyone who wants to talk tattoos. More often than not, it’s nice to meet the artist beforehand and build a rapport before getting inked, and that’s exactly why I’ll be around. πŸ™‚Drawing of a cute character knocking over a transformer toy, drawn by Naomi Hoang (Illustrator & Tattoo Artist, NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK).

Alongside general chatter, I’ll also be taking requests to draw cute comic-style characters for sale. Want a self portrait or fun scenario of you and your friends? Maybe it’s your buddy’s birthday soon and you’d like to get them something special…check out my stall to buy art prints, tattoo Gift Certificates and one-off custom-drawn sketches!

Zan and I will be at the stall the whole time, whilst Aleks and Mike will be roaming around the venue talking to people about what it’s like to get inked at NAOHOA. If you can’t find me but spot them on your travels, ask them to guide you to the stall. πŸ™‚

If I can’t finish your sketch in time for the weekend because people wanna talk ink, I’ll post it to you for free!

Until then~ 😁
Naomi xxx

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



UPDATE: 10/04/18

Alphonse Mucha

“The aim of art is to glorify beauty.”
– Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse MuchaΒ (1860-1939) has long been one of my all-time favourite artists. His paintings are captivating and after seeing them live at an exhibition, prints don’t do him any justice at all. I love his attention to detail, enchanting figures and elaborate decoration. His style is very organic and has no doubt influenced mine over the years.


About Alphonse Mucha

Photograph of Alphonse Mucha's 'The Seasons'. A framed print purchased at the Liverpool Walker Museum by Naomi Hoang, founder of NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

Framed print of ‘The Seasons’ (1896). I bought this after seeing the exhibition, along with ‘Moon and Stars’.

Mucha is most known for his Art Nouveau work and very much lead that era of art during the 19th century. In 1894, he was given the opportunity to create a theatre poster for France’s most celebrated actress, Sarah Bernhardt, after a chance encounter at a print shop. His advert for Gismonda was completed within two weeks and gained much attention across the city. So much so, Bernhardt commissioned him for further illustrations over the course of 6 years.

He continued to paint posters and design jewellery, furniture, sculptures and whole rooms dedicated to the Art Nouveau style. His redesign for Georges Fouquet’sΒ  Chic 6 Rue Royale Jewellery ShopΒ can be seen at the replica in MusΓ©e Carnavalet.

Besides his swirling portraits, I greatly enjoy his technical studies and design drawings:

Photograph of Alphonse Mucha's designs for La Belle Epoque. Art Nouveau.

Photograph of Alphonse Mucha’s designs for La Belle Epoque. | ‘Mucha’, ISBN: 0-7112-2517-6



His Influence on My Work

Digital painting of a ballerina in a gold and red dress with ornate details. Designed and illustrated by Naomi Hoang, founder of NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff (Wales, UK).

This piece, ‘Ballerina’, is on display at the studio.

Work-in-progress shot of Naomi Hoang's piece, 'Magnolia Portrait'. Pencil on brown paper. Inspired by Alphonse Mucha.

Something I’m working on atm (‘Magnolia Portrait’), after being inspired by Mucha’s work during the exhibition. I sketch suuuuper lightly when starting out, so sorry if you can’t see it clearly yet!

Although my personal and tattoo work isn’t as elaborate as Mucha’s, I do enjoy adding flowing shapes to create movement within the image. They tend to start with a vague idea of a subject, roughly map out the core shapes, then develop slowly and organically as I ‘find’ the lines I’m after. It’s normally a long and quiet process where I prefer not to be interrupted, as my trail of thought will be lost.


…I’m actually quite bad at finishing personal pieces and writing this is making me realise this even more! Need to fix that. πŸ˜›

I like to mix elements of Mucha’s ornate, sensitive subjects with solid, intertwining shapes like Daim and depth of Grinling Gibbons. Through each piece, I’ll solidify my own personal style…

Would you like to see more of my personal artwork? I’m not sure whether to post them via NAOHOA or my personal accounts*…help a sista out! Occasionally, I may post stuff as I’m working on them via Snapchat (username: “naohoa”)


Facebook Icon for NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK). Naomi Hoang. Instagram Icon for NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK). Naomi Hoang. Twitter Icon for NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos (Cardiff, Wales, UK). Naomi Hoang.





That’s all from me. Thanks for reading and ciao for now!

Naomi xxx


Me being an art dork. πŸ˜›


Making of…Geo Swan


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. πŸ™‚

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? πŸ˜€

Naomi xxx