Mysterious chinese tattoos
Chinese tattoos started to become popular in the mid nineties. People loved the exotic patterns and the elegant symbols previously only seen
in calligraphy and it quickly became popular and fashionable to flaunt a chinese tattoo. Chinese or Japanese tattoo symbols are seen on a number
of celebrities including several NBA players, singers, models and actors.
Most westerners are drawn to the beauty of the symbols and the fact that words like "love" or "peace" look so much better when drawn in
History of Chinese Tattoos
It's interesting to note that although these tattoos look really attractive, they are not common in China. Historically, tattoos were used to
mark petty criminals in China as a warning to the general public. These days tattoos still have a negative image in China and Hong Kong because
they are often used by members of organized crime to mark themselves.
Points to note before you get a chinese tattoo
Although the lure of the exotic is strong and the temptation to get a pretty chinese symbol tattooed on your arm is irresistable, it is
advisable to do some research before you commit to a design. Many have found to their dismay that the symbols they thought meant something lovely
was actually funny, or even worse, offensive, when translated into Chinese. It is best to get your intended symbol or words verified by a native
Chinese speaker. This can help avoid any mistakes or embarrassments due to wrong symbols or words being used. Alternatively you can get chinese
imagery symbols such as yin-yang tattoos. Some examples are shows below.
Also keep in mind that your message could get lost in translation. What sounds cool in English might not translate well into Chinese. For
example, rock and roll will probably sound really stupid and meaningless in Chinese. Your best bet would be to ask a qualified speaker of chinese
to translate what you have in mind into Chinese and then ask your tattoo artist to carefully transfer your chinese tattoo onto your body.
If you intend to get a Chinese tattoo, go with a tattoo artist with a steady hand. If a line within a character is drawn too thick or too
thin, it could change the entire meaning of the symbol. Another tip would be to go with a single word such as "love" instead of a whole phrase or
sentence. This can help you avoid the risk of your tattoo meaning something other than you intended while allowing you to showcase a beautiful
chinese tattoo on your body. Avoid using your name in a Chinese tattoo as western names do not translate into traditional characters.
If you currently have a chinese tattoo that was wrongly drawn don't despair. A skilled tattoo artist can repair the damage or even draw
another symbol or image over the tattoo. Another option would be to remove the tattoo entirely. Tattoo
removal has come a long way and most people are able to successfully remove their tattoos without too much trouble.