All of my posts relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 can be found here, in reverse chronological order.
Report your symptoms daily (even if feeling healthy), so the NHS and UK government can keep track of trends and know where and when to send help.
Kurzgesagt have put together a fantastic video to clearly explain, with infographics what the virus does, how it spreads and measures to prevent it. Well worth watching!
Don’t fall for ‘life-hacks’ that claim to cure the virus and call out people who are sharing Fake News.
Asian Boss interviewed this prolific doctor of Infectious Diseases as 30yrs experience of battling diseases such as TB, AIDS, Measles, Swine Flu, Ebola, SARS, MERS, and now, COVID-19…safe to say, he knows his stuff and is 100% worth listening to. This interview is very calm, informative and pragmatic.
NAOHOA blog post to share ideas on ways to eat healthily whilst self-isolating or under lockdown.
Calm (app) have compiled a list of free guided meditation exercises that last about 10 minutes each. Tamara has a lovely voice and guides you through navigating your thoughts and feelings though this difficult time.
NAOHOA Blogpost to help new or anxious clients sit through their tattoo with a greater sense of peace. The techniques discussed can be applied universally.
NAOHOA Blog for Mental Health Awareness Month (2019). It has resources on different ways to approach recovery. Some of these apply to this situation – others need tweaks (such as video chat instead of being physically with people while we’re under lockdown).
Cardiff News Room 🏴
Up-to-date information directly from Cardiff Council – includes info on ways they’re able to assist, actions they’re taking and links to organisations if you want to volunteer.
I’ve put together an interactive map of pop-up libraries that are being used to share books in the local community. It’s open for anyone to edit, so it isn’t limited to Cardiff.
Wales has given a soft date of 27th July (“if the conditions allow”), so I’ll be looking for new venues. Unfortunately, the ones I liked before have been taken. 🙁 So the hunt goes on.
I already wrote new protocols in March for when I reopen and will update and publish it closer to the time.
There will be a delay between Wales’s announcement and NAOHOA’s relaunch, as I need to find and move into a new premises and secure licences. I deeply appreciate your patience during these uncertain times and look forward to seeing you! 😄
I did take some time off during lockdown, so there are still pieces I need to finish from the Waiting List, but I’ve been picking things up again since last week. I’ll be in touch via email when designs are ready.
CONSULTATIONS: These will remain online until further notice, via www.naohoa.as.me
TATTOO BOOKINGS: I will contact you with a Booking Link when possible. Those who already had appointments booked during lockdown will get first dibs.⠀
There’s quite the backlog, so I’ll be releasing links in weekly stages so those who were meant to be inked in March/April can get their appointment, then May, etc…if I gave everyone a link straight away, it’s likely my books would fill up before they got a chance, which would be unfair.
FLASH: After reopening, I’ll publish available Flash again~ 🤩⠀
I keep track of your details and progress digitally, so there’s no need to chase me up on the progress of your tattoo. My sincerest apologies for the delay and thank you for being so kind and understanding. 💗⠀
If I’ve missed anything out, please let me know!
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✅ Online Consultations⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✅ Designing existing tattoos on the Waiting List⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✅ Emails/Social Media/Blog/Website⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m furloughed, so I’m only working on pieces that were on the Waiting List. When I’m able to reopen, I’ll let you know when it’s okay to pay your deposit and get on the Waiting List! 😃 Along with booking links to those getting their tattoos done.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I think I’ll keep Consultations Online for longer, even after tattooing, to limit the number of people coming in and out of the space, but I’ll review that closer to the time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ll post here and via Stories when I reopen, so dw, you’ll be in the loop!
Thanks so much for your ongoing interest and support, folks~ You’re the best. 💖⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Unfortunately, due to a dispute with the salon owner, NAOHOA has left City Road. I will be on the hunt for a new studio but can’t commit to anything until a date has been announced by the government on when we can reopen.
Don’t worry, this is temporary – I’ve done everything I can to ensure NAOHOA will survive this lockdown! 😬
All tattoo appointments will be postponed until further notice.
When lockdown began on March 28th, I quickly rescheduled pending clients to June. However, given the current status of the outbreak and ongoing lockdown measures, it seems pointless to predict when it’ll be safe again. I know a lot of you are excited to get your tattoo, and I won’t want to mess you about, so it would be easier to wait until we get the all-clear before rescheduling in order not to get hopes up and risk moving your appointment again.
Apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding. I’ll be sending emails during the course of the week to let clients know directly.
It’s been really touching to receive messages of support and concern from you guys. 💖 I can assure you that NAOHOA is safe and well and I can’t wait to see and ink you when it’s safe to do so~
Personally, I’m anticipating this to affect non-essential businesses such as mine for a long while, so I’ve taken some measures to ensure NAOHOA is in a healthy state to reopen when given the green light by the government. I’ve also written additional safety procedures for clients and I to carry out when tattooing is allowed, in order to ensure we’re both protected. These will be reassessed and released closer to the time.
In the meantime, I’ll be doing Online Consultations and focusing on the existing designs and background tasks to keep the company running smoothly. Deposits for new pieces will not be accepted until after the lockdown has lifted, so don’t worry, the Waiting List can’t get longer during isolation!
Lastly, I’ll be having weekends off during lockdown, because they will inevitably go out the window once you guys are able to get inked! 😜🎨
Ways to Support NAOHOA – blog post with suggestions (ranging from free-£££) on how to support this studio while it’s temporarily closed for a few months.
The UK is officially under lockdown for the next three weeks to prevent further spread of COVID-19. .
I know many of you are super excited to get inked and I’ve been doing as much as possible to ensure the studio is safe during your visit, but given it’s a luxury and not a necessity, **NAOHOA will not be tattooing until further notice** .
Those of you with appointments will be contacted to reschedule for when it’s deemed safe to come back.
I’m truly sorry for this inconvenience but we must do what’s right for the public good. This whole matter has been a cloud over my head for the past week in particular and so apologies for not getting back to emails sooner.
**Online Consultations will still proceed** and the new charge of £15 will be applied to new bookings from the beginning of April. If you book before then, it’ll be free, no matter what slot you pick in the year. 🙂
I’ll be doing more live streams where you can watch me draw via #InstaLive (Thu, 5-6pm) and Twitch, so stay tuned for more deets…
In the mean time…let’s beat this thing!! 👊 #COVID19BeGone .
Stay safe, lovelies~
Consultation Fee – blog post to explain new charges to apply from April 2020 onwards.
I’m sure you’re all more-than-aware of the current outbreak of COVID-19 – a flu-like virus that originated in Wuhan, China, and has since been spreading across the world. It is especially harmful to those with weakened immune systems such as those with underlying health issues and the elderly.⠀
Naturally, this has an impact on small businesses such as NAOHOA (restocking face masks was a nightmare last month!) and I respectfully request that all clients wait at least 14 days before attending appointments if they’ve travelled abroad or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 (and call 111 if you’re experiencing symptoms). I work as closely with my clients as doctors do with their patients and want to keep all of us safe. 💛⠀⠀
If I happen to come into contact with it outside of work, I’ll reschedule tattoo appointments and work from home during the course of being self-quarantined. Consultations can still happen via video chat and I’ll continue with designs and admin until given the all-clear to attend the studio and see clients again. NAOHOA will still run – just remotely, if that scenario were to happen.⠀⠀
Many thanks to those of you who checked in on me when racial abuse was on the increase. Fortunately, I’ve not experienced any hate (because frankly, I live in a work/home bubble lol, with lovely friends in between), though know people who have. Please…be kind. The world is going through enough already. 😔
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day~ 💗⠀⠀⠀⠀
P.S. What song do you sing/think of when washing your hands, so you’re doing it for long enough? 😜 Tattoo Artists have to be super thorough with hand-washing, so I don’t have a song due to force-of-habit, but I’d love to hear what tune you guys have chosen! 🎶