TAT finally picked out the spot for the tattoo

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  1. volvoc70

    volvoc70 New Member

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    i want to get what hes got. i tried searching the internet for the chinese symbols but i got like 20 different symbols for happiness for example. is there more than 1 word? im guessing like theres different ones for joy, etc or if these people are just straight up wrong with there symbols

    but i was wondering if anyone had the symbols for

    -happiness
    -strength
    -love
    -courage
    -destiny
    -dream
    -hard work/productivity
     
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    im not sure if ur aware but there are a few different syles of chinese characters. there is a more traditional and complex style and a more simplified style.
    I searched and found this pic which has most of the words ur looking for. hope it helps... i have a chinese character for smile on my hip. i did a lot of research to make sure it didnt say something different lol

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    There's different dialects as well. You may have "researched" smile but I can almost guarantee it also has a different meaning.

    A few years back there was an article in a tattoo magazine. They went to a 60yr old Asian man and asked him to translate the name "Clay". His translation was equivalent to "free flowing river". They then went to a 16yr old Asian teen and asked him to translate. His rendition was equivalent to "ghostly spirit". :dunno: You never know what you're going to get.
     
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    I concur. I speak Chinese and Japanese and I get asked to translate or "write" tattoo an awful lot. I'm not sure why people who don't speak a certain language want characters that they can't read on their body. Sure, it has a certain symbolism but you really never know. What people don't realize that Chinese has "radicals". Meaning that a certain part of the character can mean "love" etc, but standing alone without the second component character renders it meaningless.

    Also make sure your artist can "do" characters. A slight upstroke or extra line can change the character's meaning- or just change it into gibberish.
     
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    I personally want the chinese letters because i think it looks good but then also how good would it look if i wrote out happiness, courage, love etc on my arm you know? im not trying to cover up all the skin on my body with ink. i like the fact its more like a pic and not words
     
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    so come up with creative pictoral representations of these words on your own? thats what id do
     
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    well i want people when they see the tattoo to understand that its a symbol and not just some random tiger for example for strength and jsut think i have a tiger on my arm.

    i just think the chinese letters look so much cleaner and better on the body
     
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    i agree with ur theory on chinese characters. I love the fact that a few lines combined together can have a meaning like love, courage, good health, smile etc. I chose my character for that reason and also for the fact that i lived in HK for 5 yrs of my life, so the asian writing was a reminder of that part of my life.
     
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    who cares about other people! the tattoo is for yourself, GL
     

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