Meanings of Celebrity Chinese tattoos

Chinese hanzi tattoos are becoming more and more popular with western celebrities, from movie to sport stars.

Footballer David Beckham’s Chinese tattoo

David Beckham Chinese TattooThe famous English soccer player David Beckham has more than 10 different tattoos on his body. Most of the tattoos express his devotion to his wife Victoria Beckham and their children.

The Daily Mail published an article at the beginning of 2012 about how David’s obsession has grown over the years.

He revealed his latest Chinese tattoo in March 2008 at a charity march. It is a tattoo of a Chinese proverb which means “Death and life have determined appointments. Riches and honor depend upon heaven.” It runs down his left side torso.

In other words, it means life, death, riches and honor have all been determined by something else. There are however different interpretation of this proverb. For pessimistic people, the proverb implies that there is no need to work hard or change our circumstances given that life is pre-determined. In contrast, for optimistic people the proverb implies that we often cannot change our circumstances and the environment that we live in, we can however still live a meaningful life and appreciate what we have got.

There are five different designs for this proverb available in my latest “Hot Chinese Tattoo Designs” ebook.

Singer Cher’s Chinese tattoo

cher chinese tattoo

Cher is one of the first western celebrities to have hanzi as a tattoo. She had a Chinese tattoo inked on her right upper arm in 1983. It is a one character word which means power or force. It is normally combined with one other character in Chinese to mean strength. While the one word character might appear neat and nice, it is preferable to use the two-character words to express strength.





Actress Megan Fox’s Chinese tattoo

One of the hottest Hollywood actresses Megan Fox has around 8 tattoos on her body. The Chinese character which is inked on her neck is one of the first ones she got. It is the same character as the one Cher got (see above) and it means power or force. According to the media, Megan wanted to express strength. Again, a two character word would have been a better option.

Click here to get the designs for this one word character as well as the right expressions for strength.

Singer Nicki Minaj’s Chinese tattoo

Nicki Minaj chinese tattooOne of the most successful American rappers, singers and songwriters Nicki Minaj has a Chinese hanzi tattoo on her left arm. It is a six-character phrase which means “God is always with you”. She seems to be quite religious then?

Download my book for the four different designs of this phrase.





NBA basketball players Larry Hughes and Allen Iverson’s Chinese tattoo

Two of the most famous NBA basketball players Larry Hughes and Allen Iverson have the same Chinese character inked on them. The character means loyalty, faithfulness. However, it is normally combined with one or more other characters which also mean loyalty, faithfulness.

Our latest ebook includes various designs on these Chinese characters.

Larry Hughes chinese tattooAllen Inverson chinese tattoo

Whether or not you are a fan of these celebrities, wouldn’t you agree that their Chinese tattoos look great? To find out more about Chinese character designs, read our other articles or take a look at our book.


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Comments: 9

  1. alisha November 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me what love is in Chinese symbols? I searched a lot online but dunno if its right. xxx

    • Jenny ( November 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply

      Alisha, it depends on which meaning of love you would like to get, i.e. love as in a friendship kind of way or love as in a romantic way. I have discussed the various translations in a recent blog post here. Hope this helps.

  2. Keri November 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm Reply

    “May God be with you” seems like an odd phrase that Nikki Minaj would be associated with, let alone to have a tattoo representing that.

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  4. Mike @ November 14, 2012 at 8:28 am Reply

    Chinese character never out of style when it comes to tattoo. More people are still opt for this kind of style even they can’t actually read it.

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