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A Word About Tattoos

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Why We Don't Do Tattoos
1. Nonsense Chinese
What looks mystical and intelligent often has a nonsensical or embarrassing meaning. Probably neither the wearer nor the tattoo artist understand what the characters actually mean.
2. Wisdom on body modification
Our bodies, to every hair and bit of skin, are received by us from our parents, and we must not presume to injure or wound them. This is the beginning of filial piety.
Confucius, The Book of Filial Piety
3. Language changes, tattoos don't
Even if you were to find a well-researched Chinese name or idiom and get it tattooed, the meaning may change a year later. You could be stuck with an unwanted association.
Try These Instead
We suggest thinking twice before putting permanent foreign symbols on your skin. Why not wear your Chinese name on a t-shirt instead? Just as beautiful, and it comes off.
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We have seen so many unfortunate cases of people getting embarrassing permanent symbols on their bodies. We obviously have no control over how our characters will be used, but we strongly discourage customers from having them tattooed.

Please see the links on the left for issues related to tattooing Chinese symbols.

It's very easy to get tattoo symbols from books or the Internet. Whether they are correct or appropriate is another question. We feel that people who sell tattoo art without providing the warnings at left are just out to make a quick buck and don't care about you.

Tattoos are almost always associated with gangs and criminal organizations in Asia. (Except: Most Famous Tattoo in China)This is not necessarily the case in America, where tattooing might be just trendy or "cool." However, we suggest thinking twice before putting permanent foreign symbols on your skin. Why not wear your Chinese name on a t-shirt instead? It's just as beautiful, and it comes off.
   

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