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Vital Mistakes Of Chinese Tattoos & How To Avoid Them

Chinese Symbols have a particular attraction: “Yes, Chinese characters have a complex beauty as well as individual meanings. People who get Chinese tattoos are often drawn to this. Unfortunately, the flip-side is that there are a lot of pitfalls for the unwary. I have personally seen such elementary mistakes as a tattoo with the Chinese Symbol being tattooed reversed or defaced.The vivid samples of such mistakes of Chinese Symbol tattoos as below :

1 Missing strokes and poor penmanship
The majority of tattoo artists in western countries know nothing about Chinese, not to mention how to write them correctly. Missing strokes are common mistakes and thus making the tattoos meaningless, and the poor penmanship defaces the Chinese characters and makes them look ugly. Wearing meaningless Chinese symbol tattoos is embarrassing. The following photos are the examples of missing strokes and poor penmanship, the red characters besides the circle are the correct one.

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2 Chinese Symbols Being Tattooed Backwards
A much more common mistake is that the Chinese characters are flipped horizontally or vertically and thus is a mirror image of what it should be. I think this might be the problem when people use temporary tattoos or work from those because after a while they might get confused as to which side is the correct one. To have a Chinese symbol tattooed on you backwards is also embarrassing. The pictures below show you how a Chinese character being tattooed backwards. the red characters are correct one.

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3 Mistranslation
Chinese characters are complex and can easily be mean something other than intended. Get the wrong one and your new Chinese symbol tattoo will be a permanent source of embarrassment to you! A lady has told me her Chinese symbol tattoos experiences:/p> After deciding have a Chinese writing tattoo, She went to Chinese restaurant and pull over a Chinese waiter and asked him to write out the word "free" in Chinese characters for her, free has two meaning in English dictionary, the first one is free of charge and the second meaning is freedom which was the lady wanted, the waiter wrote down the first meaning in Chinese for the lady. The lady ended up with the sign "free of charge" on her skin and it was end up with spending US$900 to remove the tattoos.

4 Do not Know the Meaning
I have come across many western people who do not know the meaning of their Chinese writing tattoos .Tattoo is a way of self expression. if anyone curiously ask you the meaning of your tattoos, answering them either do not know or make up the meaning is quite awkward.

5. Choosing Kanji from Tattoo Parlors.
Some Tattoo parlors present some dozens of Kanji either on the wall or on the binders for their customers to choose, Most of these Kanjis are either missing strokes or being mistranslated, you would make mistake from the right begaining if you choose them from Tattoo parlors. Moreover, do you think you can pick up your dream tattoos which would express who you are from a handful of kanjis. The picture was taken from a tattoo parlor in L.A. USA. the Kanji on the picture with a red circle are either missing strokes or being mistranslated.

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Here are the advice when planning to get a Chinese Symbol tattoo:

1. Getting a right tattoo at the first time
Your tattoo will be with you for the rest of your life, please make sure you get a right symbol tattoo at the first time. Otherwise, Laser therapy is the only way of removing tattoos that offers generally satisfactory results and minimal scarring. It is extremely painful and very, very expensive. A $100 tattoo “mistake” can cost several thousand dollars to remove -- and not all inks respond well to laser treatments.
2. Do not Pick up Kanji From Tattoo Parlors
Many people have gotten what they thought were Chinese tattoos only to find later that the characters were drawn wrong, or in one case, the mirror image of the character was tattooed. You would make the mistakes mentioned above if Choosing them from tattoo parlors.
3. Do You Own Research
Before you run off to the tattoo parlor to get one done you should do your own research. Selecting Chinese Symbols deserve careful study and attention.
4. Consulting With a Chinese
Many words in English can be translated in several different Chinese symbols. Each of these may have a slightly different meaning in Chinese. Consulting with a native Chinese to get a a exactly CORRECT characters for your intended meaning.
5.Choosing Meaningful Words
Tattoos are forever. If you're planning to get a Chinese Symbol tattoo soon, be sure to choose the right and meaningful symbols. It is important to choose something of lasting appeal not something faddish, and it also needs to be a cool design you'll love tomorrow just as much as you love it today.
6.Getting Them Look Right
Western tattoo artists always add their own artistic flair, which is fine with English letters, but their script would deface Chinese Characters and make them meaningless. Again, take the time to do some research and find someone good at Chinese calligraphy to write out your design. Chinese calligraphy is a classic ancient art. The brush strokes must have a certain shape. Each part of a symbol must be in precise relation to the others. Chinese Symbols can be written in a wide variety of calligraphy styles as below.
7. Getting a stencil Outline of the Proposed Design.
Every tattoo design has a matching “stencil”. It is an exact copy of the tattoo design, but without any color or shading -- just the black line work that makes up the design. Your tattooist will transfer stencil directly to your skin prior to beginning the tattoo process, thus the tattooist will ink the tattoo which is exactly the same as the proposed design. You will need to print out both your tattoo design and the stencil outline and then take them to your tattooist.
8. Using professional Chinese tattoos translation and Design service
The only way to find the RIGHT Chinese symbol for you is to consult with a Chinese translator to translate and design the Chinese tattoos for you. Because of the complexity of Chinese Characters and also the fact the one word can mean two completely different things it is important that the Chinese translator understands the word you want translated.

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