December 17, 2019

What To Know Before Getting Chinese Letter Tattoos

Chinese characters, Hanzi, are exotic and can make your tattoo look super creative and cool! But, if not done correctly, you could end up making a fool out of yourself! Your awesome tattoo could be turned into a viral online meme.

Here is a list of 9 things to keep in mind before getting a foreign language like Chinese permanently inked:

  1. Google does NOT always translate accurately.
  2. There are over 1.6 billion people who can read Chinese symbols. If you thought you’re getting a hidden message…you may want to re-think your strategy.
  3. English is not the only language where a word is pronounced the same but holds different meanings. For example, weather and whether.
  4. If your tattoo artist does not speak Chinese, your symbol can easily be botched which will result in a completely different meaning than anticipated.
  5. There are 2 different versions of the Chinese language: Classical and Modern. In Classical Chinese, the word Qiong means “to reach an extreme”. The same phrase in modern Chinese means “poor”.
  6. You will have to translate your tattoo every time you interact with someone who does not speak Chinese.
  7. The Chinese language has no alphabet; it does not serve as phonetic representations like English.
  8. While some characters may look cooler than others, the meaning behind your tattoo with Chinese characters is far more important than the outward appearance.
  9. Getting a tattoo in a language you do not speak or understand can be offensive if not done exact.

Why Nat-A-Tat2

No matter the design you choose, at Nat-A-Tat2 we are committed to making sure your ink and skin is well cared for as your tattoo heals to ensure it looks good for years to come.

Our tattoo care instructions can help you ensure an optimal tattoo healing process, and our tattoo aftercare products are all-natural, 100% USDA certified organic and vegan so you can feel confident and comfortable with what you’re putting on your skin.