Tattoo Ideas: Chinese Kanji Characters
Written by: Jaclyn Popola
Most tattoo parlors are not familiar with Asian writing, which can cause the tattoos to come out backwards, upside down, or looking illegible. Because of the intricacy of the strokes, it is very common for one symbol to be mistaken for another that may look similar but actually means something totally different. There have even been instances of tattoo artists messing up kanji tattoos on purpose, knowing that their clients wouldn't know the difference.
To avoid this, be sure to do your research ahead of time. There are two types of Chinese characters: traditional, which dates back to the 5th century, and simplified, which uses less strokes per character and originated around 1956. The best method of researching your kanji tattoo would be to consult with someone who speaks Chinese or is a native of the country. Barring this, you could invest in a book of Chinese characters or do your research on any of the thousand internet sites dedicated to kanji. It is very important that you check with several reputable sources to be sure that they all confirm the correct meaning and authenticity of the character you wish to get tattooed.