Chinese hanzi tattoos when translated corrected and designed properly, can make an already attractive person more attractive. My previous article on celebrity tattoos gives a few good examples.
However, what some celebrities have inked on their skin does suggest that not all of them did they homework before getting an exotic Chinese character tattoo design.
Oliver Queen’s Chinese tattoo in CW’s TV show “Arrow”
CW’s TV show “Arrow”, based on a superhero that appears in comic books, is the latest TV hit, not only in the US but also globally, especially in China at the moment. The main character Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy who moonlights as a crime-fighting vigilante looking to clean up the streets of Starling City, is played by Stephen Amell.
While the audience is enthralled by Stephen Amell’s sexy look and hot muscular body for the role as the super hero, the Chinese audience is very much puzzled by the four Chinese characters on the right side of his torso. The makeup artist for the show definitely thought a Chinese tattoo can increased the masculinity of the main character. Unfortunately, this Chinese tattoo seems to consist of a bunch of random characters “鼠姜姚猪” which do not make sense when put together. Individually, the characters mean “mouse”, “ginger”, “Yao” (normally used as a surname), and “pig”. Is the TV character supposed to be as clever as a mouse, as spicy as a singer, as tall as Yao Ming (the famous Chinese NBA player) and as lucky as a pig?!
Britney Spears’ “weird” Chinese tattoo
Britney Spears has a flower bearing the Chinese character 奇 on her hip bone. Apparently, she wanted to get the character for “mysterious” as a tattoo. But, what is inked on her is not at all what she had in mind. This word means “strange” or “weird”. Moreover, the design of the character on her is frankly quite ugly, which adds to this whole “weird” theme. The proportions of the upper and lower parts are not right- it looks like something written by a 4 year old.
Justin Timberlake’s Chinese tattoo in the movie Alpha Dog
The makeup artist for the movie Alpha Dog must be a Chinese language/culture lover. That is perhaps why there are two Chinese tattoos on Justin Timberlake for his role in the movie.
One of the tattoos, the four characters: 风土水火，mean “wind, earth, water and fire” which are the four elements of life. This is a nice tattoo and makes sense.
However, the other Chinese tattoo which is on his left upper arm means something which is completely out of context. It is the two character word 溜冰 and it means “ice skating”. Luckily for Justin, he could have it removed after filming for the movie was done.
Captain America Chris Evans’ Chinese Tattoo
The movie star Chris Evans is famous for his role in the movie “Captain America” and he is, admittedly, a rather good-looking guy.
He has a nice looking Chinese tattoo on his right upper arm. It is a one character tattoo 氏. Unfortunately, this is not a character which is used on its own in modern Chinese and it means “family name, surname”. It is therefore a rather odd choice of character for a Chinese tattoo. I wonder if he knew what the character meant when he was getting it as a tattoo…
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