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What do you think of them? Personally, I think I might go for one that says dog. My Zodiac sign.

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Looks good on the back:



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I'm not a tattoo person, but maybe a temporary
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my mothers hard core in to chinese. kanji is chinese loan words after all.
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Currently considering getting a kanji tattoo. I'd go for something small though.
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In Japanese the kanji for the dog in the zodiac (戌) is different than the kanji for a regular dog (犬). Though if you just want the regular word "dog" it should be fine. The most common use of 犬 means dog, so it should be alright... probably. Still you should be sure what you are putting on your body is what you want to be on your body.

Personally, kanji having multiple meanings would make me shy away from that.
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I have three tattoos, and I've been thinking of getting another one, so I'm not adverse to them. But if you're going to get a kanji tattoo, unless you can fluently read the script, you might want to be careful. http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/
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As someone with tattoo's its generally a bad idea to get inked in a language you do not understand. Chances of the artist inking something totally different is a lot higher when he knows you can not actually read it. other good advice of course is always go to a shop with a good reputation and that is very clean. Tattoos are wounds to the skin and as such can be prone to infection if not properly cared for while the skin recovers. Make sure to ask your artist to explain how to properly care for it and to not be lax on the care.

Another thing is that in my opinion you should make sure that your tattoo's mean something to you. done right tattoo's can tell your story thru the symbolism and imagery. Family, Culture, Interests, Dreams, etc. far too many people get tattoos for the "i want to look like a bad ass" reason. Ink is in your skin for life, might as well make it count eh?

for example i have been diabetic since i was a little kid. so i got the medic alert symbol tattooed on my right forearm (American traditional) with the date i was diagnosed and a blank for when i get cured or well die i suppose lol. my point is that it is a part of my life and i choose to display this part thru tattoo art.
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No... Just don't do it for the love of fuck.

It is the dumbest fucking theme anyone has ever come up with when getting a tattoo.
What if someone asian had this tattooed "Dog (Zodiac)" <-- literally.

Then again come to think of it, people get quotes from songs and all kinds of stupid shit tattooed on their body, so yeah I guess...
If you really want it, go for it.
Just keep this in mind, to the majority of Japanese and Chinese people, you will look like a complete dumbass flexing that around.

Let me provide you with a video that discusses this very theme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k99g2EpG7N0

Skip to 2:20 into the video, because victor likes to blabber a lot

Final edit:
If you really want the tattoo, you should go for it, but you are asking for opinions and this is my opinion.
Getting a tattoo that is suppose to symbolize something through a message or text in a different language makes absolutely no sense.
I'm not gonna give you the whole "what about when you get old" spill because that is the dumbest argument against people getting tattooes of them all.

It's not gonna make you anymore Japanese believe it or not, and without going out on a limb judging every Japanese in the world, I'll go with "the majority" and tell you right now, that you will wind up looking like some complete dumbass who has some fetish for asians, specifically japanese, or rather "a weeaboo" the japanese may not have a term for weeaboos, but they certainly know what they are, and this is what you'll appear as to the most of them.

I think somewhere along the line, people have misunderstood the artform behind Kanji through calligraphy for simple and plain writing it down, be it on your skin or on a piece of paper.
You see, there is a vast difference between looking at Kanji as art, and just to have it repeatedly stamped into your skin with a needle and ink.
Calligraphy lies in the hand, not at the tip of a needle.

This is art http://www.cuded.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/52-japanese-tattoo.jpg
Getting the kanji for your zodiac or anything else on the other hand, is not.

Posted 9/2/14

nemoskull wrote:

kanji is chinese loan words after all.



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Coming from someone who has gotten tattoos in the past and has heard horror stories...Don't do it. Most likely you'll hate yourself for it. Tattoo something you may not regret down the line.
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I'm on the boat that states the following:

"If you are not fluent in the language you're getting tattooed on you, it's pretty absurd."

I agree with both LHRCheshire and Bearbudah in all of the things they've said. Kanji tattoos can be quite meaningful, I'll admit. However, getting just a singular word without a significant meaning to yourself... I can't say it's a great idea. As Bearbudah said, imagine what you're getting inked on you in your native language - then, imagine if you can live with that on your body (versus the kanji symbol). I think if you're that partial to your Zodiac, I'd say you're better off getting the actual symbol tattooed (not the kanji).
Posted 9/2/14
If you get a Kanji tattoo, then you also have to get a koi fish and tribal tattoo.
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Demidronik wrote:

In Japanese the kanji for the dog in the zodiac (戌) is different than the kanji for a regular dog (犬). Though if you just want the regular word "dog" it should be fine. The most common use of 犬 means dog, so it should be alright... probably. Still you should be sure what you are putting on your body is what you want to be on your body.

Personally, kanji having multiple meanings would make me shy away from that.





yngvarr wrote:

I have three tattoos, and I've been thinking of getting another one, so I'm not adverse to them. But if you're going to get a kanji tattoo, unless you can fluently read the script, you might want to be careful. http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/


To both of you, and all others who tell me to check....you'll be happy to know I did so before posting this thread. I asked my Japanese friend, who is a sushi chef, if that kanji read dog. It does.
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LHRCheshire wrote:

As someone with tattoo's its generally a bad idea to get inked in a language you do not understand. Chances of the artist inking something totally different is a lot higher when he knows you can not actually read it. other good advice of course is always go to a shop with a good reputation and that is very clean. Tattoos are wounds to the skin and as such can be prone to infection if not properly cared for while the skin recovers. Make sure to ask your artist to explain how to properly care for it and to not be lax on the care.

Another thing is that in my opinion you should make sure that your tattoo's mean something to you. done right tattoo's can tell your story thru the symbolism and imagery. Family, Culture, Interests, Dreams, etc. far too many people get tattoos for the "i want to look like a bad ass" reason. Ink is in your skin for life, might as well make it count eh?

for example i have been diabetic since i was a little kid. so i got the medic alert symbol tattooed on my right forearm (American traditional) with the date i was diagnosed and a blank for when i get cured or well die i suppose lol. my point is that it is a part of my life and i choose to display this part thru tattoo art.


Don't worry. I'm learning to read Kanji, and I thoroughly researched the ones I'm looking at, including asking friends who are naturally fluent in it as well.


Bearbudah wrote:

No... Just don't do it for the love of fuck.

It is the dumbest fucking theme anyone has ever come up with when getting a tattoo.
What if someone asian had this tattooed "Dog (Zodiac)" <-- literally.

Then again come to think of it, people get quotes from songs and all kinds of stupid shit tattooed on their body, so yeah I guess...
If you really want it, go for it.
Just keep this in mind, to the majority of Japanese and Chinese people, you will look like a complete dumbass flexing that around.

Let me provide you with a video that discusses this very theme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k99g2EpG7N0

Skip to 2:20 into the video, because victor likes to blabber a lot

Final edit:
If you really want the tattoo, you should go for it, but you are asking for opinions and this is my opinion.
Getting a tattoo that is suppose to symbolize something through a message or text in a different language makes absolutely no sense.
I'm not gonna give you the whole "what about when you get old" spill because that is the dumbest argument against people getting tattooes of them all.

It's not gonna make you anymore Japanese believe it or not, and without going out on a limb judging every Japanese in the world, I'll go with "the majority" and tell you right now, that you will wind up looking like some complete dumbass who has some fetish for asians, specifically japanese, or rather "a weeaboo" the japanese may not have a term for weeaboos, but they certainly know what they are, and this is what you'll appear as to the most of them.

I think somewhere along the line, people have misunderstood the artform behind Kanji through calligraphy for simple and plain writing it down, be it on your skin or on a piece of paper.
You see, there is a vast difference between looking at Kanji as art, and just to have it repeatedly stamped into your skin with a needle and ink.
Calligraphy lies in the hand, not at the tip of a needle.

This is art http://www.cuded.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/52-japanese-tattoo.jpg
Getting the kanji for your zodiac or anything else on the other hand, is not.



You know, the sad thing is you kind of had a point. But you cover it up with so much condescension and general jerk-a-teering, it's lost on us all. I mean, really. I read this, and I think to myself, 'Phersu, m'lad, I don't think we can ever measure up to this level of condescending, better-than-you attitude.' So, I thank you, person whose name I never looked at, for helping me find my own limits. I will never forget this, and I will never forget yo-


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