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Posted 9/3/14
My point was more for a person unsure of the kanji or who hasn't done the background work, because sometimes the tattoo artist if they get offended will tattoo something totally making fun of the person instead. and then the person is stuck with that for life.. I saw an article a couple of years ago referenced by Japancast about it.
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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..]


Heheh, Sexual Goddess. Also? I kinda want some fried chicken now.
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end of the day it is on my body for life not theirs.



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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.


Yup. I had a friend confirm, it is dog. He thinks it's silly, but that's okay. The one I used, the regular word dog, seems to mean dog in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese according to wiktionary. It could also mean, in Japanese, a spy or someone who is loyal like a dog. All meanings are ones I'm okay with.

Plus, if some Japanese people see me without a shirt, they might just call me 'Inu-san,' after I get the tattoo. I'd have to beat them up for that, though.

It's 'Inu-sama.'
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I think you gotta be real careful with 'em, especially if they may hold multiple meanings. And if you're not fluent in Japanese or familiar with their writing. But stuff like "love" and "dog" is simple enough.
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I think Chinese calligraphy is really cool, but I am not personally the kind of person who would get a tattoo.

Bear in mind that there is a big social stigma against people with tattoos in Japan. They are usually worn by yakuza, who have really amazing tattoos, often over their entire body. Because of this there are places like onsen and swimming pools where you can't go with tattoos. But for a non-Japanese person this is a minor issue... Still, you should look at some yakuza tattoos because they are amazing works of art.
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Phersu wrote:



Plus, if some Japanese people see me without a shirt, they might just call me 'Inu-san,' after I get the tattoo. I'd have to beat them up for that, though.

It's 'Inu-sama.'

Don't worry, that will never happen.

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I've been debating whether or not to get the kanji for Fuurinkazan (風林火山) done on my arm.

I feel like it's a pretty safe bet, as it's a fairly well-known thing, but then I might just be crazy and wrong.
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Please try to be nice to each other here, folks.. assume goodwill and all. Removed a few posts that were just attacks from the thread.

As for the topic, tattoos are a personal choice.. if a photo, a drawing, runes, kanji, or whatever else that appeals, go for it! I mean, be aware that any tattoo is more or less permanent, so taking the step to get one is huge. But once you've decided that you want one, so long as it's something you like, that's what counts in my opinion. If it is in the form of words that you can't read, be sure to extra verify it before getting the tattoo, though, as some folks are malicious.
Posted 9/4/14

_Xio wrote:

Currently considering getting a kanji tattoo. I'd go for something small though.


Wow, you're beautiful. A dragon tattoo on the leg would look very sexy.
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MakotoKamui wrote:

Please try to be nice to each other here, folks.. assume goodwill and all. Removed a few posts that were just attacks from the thread.

As for the topic, tattoos are a personal choice.. if a photo, a drawing, runes, kanji, or whatever else that appeals, go for it! I mean, be aware that any tattoo is more or less permanent, so taking the step to get one is huge. But once you've decided that you want one, so long as it's something you like, that's what counts in my opinion. If it is in the form of words that you can't read, be sure to extra verify it before getting the tattoo, though, as some folks are malicious.


Makoto! *Sobs and clings to Makoto's manly legs.*

My feelings were hurt!
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It's your body, you do what you wish.

I personally would pursue an artist well versed in the language, or basically design it yourself if you know what you're doing. I'm planning to get a large area tattooed on my back, but will possibly search for a native artist since I want a specific haiku involved (and I can't exactly watch in that position).

Whatever you end up with, hopefully you do not regret it. :3
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hilarious. that was great. thank you. i needed that, i'm still
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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


You know Inugami? How their body snakes? I was thinking one wrapped around my arm with Inu or Inugami in Kanji tattooed on it's head.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgjtf4GgGKw
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