Designing Clocks & Roses


Hi all 🙂

I received a cluster of requests around the same time for clocks and roses (inner arm pieces) and thought I’d share my design process for them.

Aware of the popularity of this combination, I wanted to ensure each design was personal and unique to each client. Everyone has their own reasons to choose the subjects for their tattoos and I strongly believe it is my duty to fulfil that to the best of my ability…in a way where the client feels their tattoo is special for them and them alone.



Clocks & Roses with…


#01: …an Asian Twist

Work-in-progress of a Clock and Rose for an Asian-influenced tattoo design, by Naomi Hoang at  NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales (UK).

Transition from final design to linework for the stencil.

This tattoo wraps around an existing one of Chinese characters and the client intends on having it extended into a Chinese dragon that ends at his chest. Bearing this in mind, I felt it would be fitting to do the clouds and water in an Asian art style. It’s still realistic (to tie in with the clock and roses), but the forms are stylised. I did this by omitting the hard outline that would normally be used in Asian drawings.

By doing this, the art styles won’t feel disjointed to the rest of the sleeve when complete.

Here’s a short vid of its progress so far (click to play):


#02: …a Feminine Touch

Work-in-progress of a Clock and Rose for a delicate tattoo design, by Naomi Hoang at  NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales (UK).

This client was easy-going with her design so long as it had a clock and roses. Given her slim frame and feminine nature, I felt it would be more appropriate to incorporate this. Visioning white roses (rather than red) and using negative space meant the overall tattoo wouldn’t be too heavy on her. I already knew she preferred delicate tattoos having done a smaller one on her ankle beforehand.

Unfortunately, she disappeared after I designed it, so it’s now available to tattooo:

An original tattoo design by Naomi Hoang, featuring a pocket watch, roses and birds flying away.

This design is available! Contact me if interested. 🙂


#03: …a Modern Spin

Work-in-progress of a Clock and Rose for a modern tattoo design, by Naomi Hoang at  NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales (UK).

There were several things to consider with this design: It was his first tattoo, so the clock needed to work as a stand-alone piece, should he change his mind in wanting more; we thought it would be cool to slip in various references of his interests into the design; elements needed to be left out until after a big event. Overall, the brief was to provide a modern take with subtle references woven into the design.

Work-in-progress of a clock and rose tattoo by Naomi Hoang, NAOHOA Luxury Bespoke Tattoos, Cardiff, Wales, UK.




What do you think? I hope you enjoyed this insight to my process and perhaps feel assured that I’ll always do my best to design something special for you. 🙂

If you’re interested in ink, please get in touch and we’ll get the ball rolling!

Thank for reading,

Naomi xxx