The only limitation an individual has when it comes to the tattoo art they have inked on their body is their own imagination, the ability of the tattoo artist they hire and their access to images of possible tattoos. One type of tattoo that has become pretty popular, having graced the bodies of both celebrities and laymen alike, are Chinese tattoos. Below, we will take a closer look at Chinese tattoos, namely what they are, why and how to choose one.
At one time, tattoos were worn by few people. Today, they are all the rage. There is no longer one type of person that is more likely than another to get tattoos. A corporate president is just as likely to have one as a Harley rider. The old stereotypes about who has tattoos and for what reason(s) have disappeared. There are many different types of tattoos. A person can create their own or go with pre-made designs. The latter can be found in books, online for in their tattoo artist’s personal portfolio.
What Are Chinese Tattoos?
Chinese Tattoos are generally available in two types, picture and script (Chinese characters or symbols). The former might include Chinese inspired images or those that are considered to be uniquely Chinese. The latter (script or character images) are words made up of Chinese script (also known as hanzi or kanji).
It is very important that individuals perform their own due diligence after deciding to get a script tattoo to ensure that it actually says what they intend it to. There have been cases where a tattoo artist has inked a client in Chinese script, something other than what the customer wanted, unbeknownst to them at that time. It goes without saying that this can be incredibly embarrassing. This is especially true if the actual word is a nonsensical or profane one (if the person did not intend it to be).
Some Chinese words and phrases, just as in other languages, have multiple meanings and can thus read in a way that’s unintended and likely not what a person wants. For instance, 平 (ping), one of the two characters in the Chinese word for peace 和平 (heping), can also mean “flat” or “average” on its own. If getting tattooed on its own, this is probably not what the person had in mind when selecting that particular character tattoo. Therefore you would probably want to have 和平 (harmony peace) rather than the single character 平。
When done both attractively and accurately, a Chinese script tattoo can look great. The same is true for image ones. The outcome, however, of whatever type of tattoo a person decides to get, will depend largely on the skill level of the artist. It is therefore, important that individuals interested in Chinese tattoos choose an experienced and highly-skilled artist.
Why Choose Chinese Tattoos
There are plenty of reasons to choose Chinese tattoos. Below, we will take a look at three.
- They’re Fun: Chinese tattoos are fun. They are cool looking and good option for both first timers and those that already have a tattoo or two (or even a ton of them). Those looking for a universally attractive tattoo may find that Chinese tattoos are the way to go.
- They’re Different: Chinese is still considered an exotic language not spoken by many Westerners. The characters are also very expressive and can contain a lot of meaning.
- They’re Striking: One of the best things about Chinese tattoos is that they are striking. They look good, are eye-catching and when done right, very impressive looking.
There are many reasons to choose Chinese tattoos. We have only listed and discussed three of them. In summary, Chinese tattoos are a good choice because they are fun-looking, different and aesthetically striking. They may be the perfect pick for someone who wants a tattoo with the aforementioned attributes.
Choosing a Hanzi Design
After deciding to be inked with a Chinese tattoo, a person will need to choose a design. There are a number of ways to go about this. They can look through books, check online, talk to family members and friends, consult with their tattoo artist or design their own. In all likelihood, an individual will probably end up doing a little bit of all of the aforementioned before finally settling on a design. It is very important that the designs are chosen from a trustworthy and reliable source. Our book “Hot Chinese Tattoo Designs” was written by a native speaker of Chinese who has made sure that all the designs are meaningful and make sense.
When deciding on a tattoo, individuals should choose something that is personally gratifying, significant and that will stand the test of time. Tattoos are a lot like great fashion. It is always best to invest in timeless pieces. You should think ahead and choose a design that they will be proud of 20-30 years down the line, because unless they have them removed, they will have the tattoo for a lifetime.
Different calligraphic styles
Chinese characters can be written in a large number of calligraphic styles that are suitable for a tattoo. There are styles that look like paintings and styles that look more serious. There are also handwritten styles or ones used in newspaper headlines. In general, the style in which the character is written does not alter its meaning, so you should go with one that looks nice to you. However, you should also make sure that Chinese speakers can still recognize the writing used in your tattoo.
Chinese tattoos are really cool looking and fun. They are available in all types of designs, including image and script. It is important that you choose something that they love and which will stand the test of time, so that you are not only pleased with your tattoo today but also years from now.