When you look for designs to have inked onto your body, Chinese tattoos often come quickly to mind. While the Chinese themselves have long reserved tattooing for criminals, the tradition of tattooing itself has spread into the mainstream, and these tattoos are the result.
The Chinese writing system is a beautiful one, and it is no wonder that so many of these tattoos have sprung from it.
If you are curious about getting one of these tattoos, there are a few things to keep in mind.
The first is that the Chinese language is written on the basis that one character equals one word.
While learning between 3000 and 4000 characters will make you literate, there are over 80,000 characters in existence.
When you realize that some of them look like others, you will begin to realize how important it is to make sure that you know exactly what your tattoo means.
Don't trust the websites that lead you to enter your name and then provide you with your name in Chinese characters. Like any other non-personalized, computer job, there will almost certainly be something wrong with it.
Many computers simply spit out series of Chinese character that have a rough approximation to your name. In Japan, parents ponder for long stretches of time thinking of names for their offspring.
Because so many of the sounds are alike, it is important to find a character that is attractive and harmonious while still spelling out the name. When you are thinking of getting a tattoo, you should be just as careful!
Thinking About The Right Design
If you are thinking of getting a Chinese design, the first thing you want to think about is how to get the phrase you want well-translated.
One hurried suggestion from someone took Chinese in high school is out, as is looking online. While there are many tattoo flash sites that are quite reliable, it is important to remember that you are dealing with a written, living language.
Many people have insulting things inked into their skin, or things that are totally meaningless.
To prevent this from happening to you, the key is to cross-reference like crazy.
Ask any native speakers what they think of your Chinese tattoo and if possible, you may want to get it professionally translated. Remember, this is going onto your body permanently, so it's far better to be safe than sorry!
Getting a tattoo is a big step, and if you want a Chinese tattoos, remember to show off your design and make sure that you are certain about what it means!
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