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Posted 9/2/14 , edited 9/2/14

Bearbudah wrote:
Can't see that pic of yours, but I'm guessing it's suppose to make me feel bad for having an opinion.
So what if I sound condescending, I can't protect my messages from being read in a certain way by people.
I clearly stated more than once that it's MY opinion and that you should go for it if you want to.

Don't ask for opinions on a public forum if you aren't prepared for the occasional loudmouth.
Was it unnecesarry of me to write some condescending things? yes most definitely, and yes I am having a bad day, so that might be my reason, nevertheless, my opinion remains the same, just with less fucks and shits.

Finally I feel I need to add this to my contribution for this topic.
If you are getting a tattoo or not based on people's opinion you are already doing it wrong.
A tattoo should always be a personal thing, not something you get to add to your facebook page for likes.
The only opinion that should matter in this regard would be some employer if you are trying to go for a very specific job where tattoos are not allowed.



You can protect your messages by wording them in a way so that they don't come across as condescending. And since you did admit to writing some condescending things, you must have known that your messages were most likely going to come across as condescending, but you chose not to change them. (It's entirely your fault for coming across as condescending since it was actually your intent)

And I don't actually think there is a right or wrong way for why one should get a tattoo. I'm going to assume that most people who get tattoos wish to show them to others and get their opinions. Jokes are funny when everybody laughs basically.
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Bearbudah wrote:

Can't see that pic of yours, but I'm guessing it's suppose to make me feel bad for having an opinion.
So what if I sound condescending, I can't protect my messages from being read in a certain way by people.
I clearly stated more than once that it's MY opinion and that you should go for it if you want to.

Don't ask for opinions on a public forum if you aren't prepared for the occasional loudmouth.
Was it unnecesarry of me to write some condescending things? yes most definitely, and yes I am having a bad day, so that might be my reason, nevertheless, my opinion remains the same, just with less fucks and shits.

Finally I feel I need to add this to my contribution for this topic.
If you are getting a tattoo or not based on people's opinion you are already doing it wrong.
A tattoo should always be a personal thing, not something you get to add to your facebook page for likes.
The only opinion that should matter in this regard would be some employer if you are trying to go for a very specific job where tattoos are not allowed.








I didn't mind your opinion, but the rude way you provided it.

Here's the pic.
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I kind of have to agree with some of the things people are saying here, in that you should be careful.
I have a tattoo, and with that I can say that it is your body and you should do whatever YOU WANT (within some reason).
At the same time, each Japanese Kanji "symbol" usually has three meanings (or more), at least one Chinese meaning and usually two or more Japanese meanings.
The concept for this would be like, if in English there were symbols for sounds, and you put the word "Fair" on your back to symbolize equality amongst people. When read, there are three versions of the "sound" fair -- fare (a charge for admittance), fair (justified), fair (event), fair (light in color) etc.
Even in Japanese song lyrics there can be confusion in what is being vocally said, and then the written lyrics themselves (GACKT is a big person on this, sometimes even singing completely different words than those written).
It's a jumbled mess.

But in the end, it should mean something to YOU.
Don't -not- get it just because someone else might not like it -- you aren't getting it for them or their opinion.

My mother used to tuck me in at night when I was younger, and would always tell me to "Sleep with angels" (I'm sure that isn't uncommon). She passed away when I was twelve. Earlier this year, I finally decided I wanted to get a tattoo that said those words, with the year she passed away (2001). So thats what I have on my ribs, and I'm sure there are plenty of people who will say that is a dumb thing to do and blah blah blah. But I don't care, it means something to me and I am not doing it for anyone else.
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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.


The multiple readings of kanji are the biggest reason people should be extremely careful and concerned about what they are tattooing. More than one mistake has been made in trying to apply English words and concepts onto a complicated writing system.

Ask a Japanese person whom you trust before you do this.
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I have a few kanji characters, but I had them translated by a university professor.
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nemoskull wrote:

my mothers hard core in to chinese. kanji is chinese loan words after all.


Why plural?
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cus eye suk a spellingz., lolz.

i type too fast and dont check, srry.
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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.


Thank You.

Chinese/Japanese tattoos are one of the stupidest things you can do. You will just look like a idiot to most chinese/japanese people. But hey it's your life do whatever you like.

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Phersu wrote:


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.



Coolness dude, as much as i said you should make sure you are really sure before you get inked. Don't let anyone myself included stop you from doing what you want its your skin. And as a fan of Japanese style tattooing you ever think about maybe making the kanji a part of a more detailed tattoo? The reason i mention it is if you do just kanji somewhere on your body with nothing else you do admittedly take the risk of looking super cliche.

kind of like this
http://www.tattoowhere.com/images/kanji-tattoos-only-god-can-judge-me.jpg

where as if you where to combine it with a japanese style design for example

like this
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mA7WyghzLVU/UU3L1o5E3qI/AAAAAAAAAew/gkEzG2mHJrw/s1600/japanese-koi4.jpg

It becomes more of a piece of art rather than the simple script. But of course as i said its your skin do what you will just hoping my two cents might help you out a tad. Oh and also welcome to the brotherhood of ink
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Phersu wrote:


I didn't mind your opinion, but the rude way you provided it.



Okay okay, well here's a nice little picture for you




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Bearbudah wrote:


Okay okay, well here's a nice little picture for you






You see, that implies you gave good advice. We all know that didn't happen. What happened was you making yourself out to be a certain unsavory part of the human body. Also Shrek's companion.
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Phersu wrote:

You see, that implies you gave good advice. We all know that didn't happen. What happened was you making yourself out to be a certain unsavory part of the human body. Also Shrek's companion.


Here's another one Phersu

Hang in there Phersu.

And on behalf of whom do you speak for if I may ask? so far I have yet to see anyone agree with the reasoning for your fit.
Take it easy.




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Didn't realize I was having a fit. Probably because I wasn't. Also? They all do. Everybody. You just can't see them. Just like no one else can hear the voices in my head.
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Posted 9/3/14 , edited 9/3/14
Just be careful you know what it means and what exactly you want inked on your body rather than relying on the tattoo artist.. some people have ended up instead of getting "sexual goddess" tattoed getting "general tso's fried chicken here" etc. because they don't like it if you actually can't read what you are getting tattooed, some tattoo artists consider it a sign of disrespect


[EDIT: okay and just read the part where Phersu says he is learning to read Kanji and has thoroughly checked what he's inking, so nevermind..]
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I have a Kanji tattoo, to be honest i am pleased i had it and also have no regrets about it. I had the tattoo done for me and checked the meaning with a Chinese friend and i just asked her what this symbol meant before having it done.

If Chinese/Japanese people do not like it that is up to them...end of the day it is on my body for life not theirs.

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