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The legend of the Koi fish

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Chinese Tattoos, Recent, Tattoo Designs


Tattoos are a great way of sending out a message, whether it is to yourself or to others. Many people choose to have a tattoo done after passing through an emotional experience. While some opt for written messages or relevant quotes, others find that symbols are much more appropriate. Chinese tattoos are among the most popular forms of art in this regard. Tattoo artists do recognize the fact that clients often request Chinese symbols, as in most cases, a legend is behind each one of them. If you like tattoos, then you have most certainly heard about the very famous Koi fish design. According to tattoo artists, the Koi fish is a highly demanded design. Some clients choose to have the Koi fish tattoo in black and white, even though the common opinion is that it looks amazing in colors.

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The secret significance behind Chinese tattoos

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Chinese Tattoos, Recent

As we have seen more than once on this website, the Chinese tattoos are the patterns that have the most symbolic and significant meaning. That is why, when it comes to Chinese tattoos with a deep and profound connotation, it is essential for people to find out exactly what they represent before making that tattoo. We know it might sound a little silly, but believe it or not, many people ask “What does my tattoo mean?” once they have already done it. And we can assure you that many times the answer is a disappointing one. Unless the meaning is not really of importance to you, it is best to consult someone specialized in the field who knows about the alphabet, language and Chinese culture before choosing a particular Chinese design. Oftentimes, an image captivates us and we think how great it would look as a tattoo, but this can prove to be a big mistake later on.

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Things to Know about Chinese Lettering Tattoos

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Chinese Tattoos, Recent, Tattoo Designs

Enigmatic, intriguing and visually appealing in its nature, the Chinese art of tattooing is highly appreciated by the Western world, where it enjoys great popularity and exposure. A particular interest can be observed towards Chinese tattoo lettering, commonly used to achieve the distinctive aura of exoticism and mystery characteristic to Asian culture. It seems that few people can resist Chinese letters when contemplating the idea of getting a tattoo – from famous musicians and movie stars to the person living next door to you, these graphic representations are at the very top of the tattoo option list.

chinese letters and flowers

Chinese tattoo letters encompass a wide range of symbolic meanings, and with so many characters available out there, the task of choosing the ones that are right for you can be daunting. To simplify things, it is best to have the general idea already contoured in your mind before walking into the tattoo salon. Take the time to identify what emotions, thoughts or feelings you want to express by the means of your tattoo and stick with the things you think that define you best.

The two main types of Chinese letters used in tattooing are Hanzi and Kanji. Hanzi denotes all the traditional Chinese characters found in the official written dialect of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan. The dialect contains a staggering number of 47,000 characters, although many of them are not being used today. To have a good level of knowledge of the Hanzi dialect, you need to master at least 4000 Chinese characters.

chinese tattoo letters

Kanji, the other prevalent dialect used in Chinese tattoos, refers to a collection of Chinese characters that have penetrated in the Japanese writing system. Comprising well over 50,000 simplified traditional Chinese characters, Kanji stands out as a good source of symbols used in today’s Chinese tattoos.

To form an idea about the complexity of Chinese letters, note that apart from the huge number of letters, each combination offers a distinctive meaning. To leave no room for error, it is very important to find a good translation source before getting a Chinese lettering tattoo. Without proper knowledge of the dialects used, you may end up with a tattoo that means a completely different thing than intended, and realize it is too late to do anything about it at that point. To avoid this, don’t make that final step of having the tattoo done until you are 100% sure you are getting what you asked for.


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