The Chinese have a highly developed writing system that evolved at least 3000 years ago with their ancient writing been found written on many materials like bone, brass vessels or pottery and bamboo strips!
Did you know that the Chinese writing system has no alphabet? Rather it relies on a large number of symbols that represents spoken concepts or ideas! Many people make the mistake of thinking that a Chinese symbol is a pictograph. However this is false belief and rather represents the entire spoken word.
One of the biggest misconceptions in that when someone wants to get their Chinese symbol tattooed on their skin they are confident that they know what it means. This however may not always be the case and one can end up with an embarrasing tattoo!
So What Should I Do?
Before rushing off to get the Chinese symbols tattooed on your skin check with someone who can read and understand Chinese - (our friend Yingying is a professional tattoo artist)
Chinese Calligraphy is a precise and articulate art and sometimes the small detailed strokes can be missing in your tattoo design. The artistic flair of your tattoo artist can turn your Chinese characters into gibberish. Thats why we cannot stress the importance of an accurate design that will save you hassle from the start.
Good To Know
Did you know that Chinese names are written in the reversed order? This means your last name goes before your first!
Your western name is probably foreign to the Chinese language so Chinese symbols will have to be picked out to pronounce your name. But because there are no Chinese alphabets, you will have to pick out the Chinese symbols that represent the pronunciation of your name.
Nevertheless, Chinese symbol tattoos are very popular today because they are really beautiful. And because most of us in the Western Hemisphere cannot read Chinese, Chinese symbol tattoos becomes an “exotic” form of expression.
And let’s face the fact that the real reason most guys probably want a Chinese symbols tattoo is because they are usually associated with martial arts or karate flicks :)