Please Remove My Nonsensical Asian Tattoo

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Do you regret your tattoo?

I don't have a tattoo.
Just that one
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Please Remove My Nonsensical Asian Tattoo

Post by Jake » Tue May 09, 2006 6:19 pm

Please Remove My Nonsensical Asian Tattoo
Other ridiculous tattoo translations Ko has seen include "blood and guts," mutated into "blood and intestines" in Chinese, and "rock 'n' roll" corrupted as "to sway and to roll."

"That would be translating it literally, but nobody would actually use those characters to say 'rock 'n' roll' in Chinese," she said. "In Chinese people would ask, 'Why would you 'get the rolls?'"

Maria Robinson, a video game designer in Oakland, Calif., who was born in China, has often seen people with badly written tattoos that were supposed to be Chinese. In one case, the Chinese text was actually upside-down.

For the non-tattooed, at least, the results can be worth a good laugh. Ko recalled one instance in which a man approached her with a tattoo on his forearm that he had always taken to be the Chinese character for “spirit.”

“I was like, ‘Why did he have that tattoo?’” she said. “It really said ‘gas’” (Ko assured the man that it was close enough).

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Post by Tom4 » Tue May 09, 2006 7:15 pm

I have three tattoos so far, and will be getting more: a sun with waves crashing around it on my back, a flower bud drawn in Native American design on my chest, and a mix of Starry Night and The Scream paintings on my arm. I don't regret any of them. I come from a long line of tattooed people, however, so I'd say it's firmly entrenched in my DNA.

That being said, I've always questioned the motivation to get Chinese lettering if you don't speak Chinese. It's just such a stupid idea. Not to mention terribly cliched. If you have to pick out your tattoo in the shop minutes before you get it done, you're probably going to regret it sooner than later.

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Post by jaimoe0 » Wed May 10, 2006 1:33 am

Fortunately, you can't screw up Daffy Duck too bad, although he does need some touching up on the coloring.

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Post by Batchy » Wed May 10, 2006 5:05 am

Girl i know from Australia got a Chinese phrase tatooed on her foot that she thought meant "spirit" but actually meant "foot."

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Post by steve-o » Wed May 10, 2006 9:59 am

I've got a barbed wire tattoo wrapped on my arm, a chinese sign for "karma" on my chest, and a Grim Reaper draped in a Confederate flag riding a Harley with the words "Never Say Die." on my back. And I don't regret them one bit....nah.

And to answer your next question, yes, the job at McDonald's is going really well.

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Post by n8 » Wed May 10, 2006 3:41 pm

I have three tattoos. A fourth will most likely not happen, but i recently decided that a row of equalizer knobs would probably make for a good tattoo.

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Or possibly equalizer sliders, as in a studio equalizer.

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Or possible an equalizer playback display, i.e. something like this:

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Or even a shadow display:

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Feel free to borrow those ideas...

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Post by Chris G » Wed May 10, 2006 9:36 pm

I have a friend who has the DNA double helix tattooed as a band around his bicep. I think I've mentioned that here before.

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Post by steve-o » Thu May 11, 2006 10:16 am

Chris G wrote:I have a friend who has the DNA double helix tattooed as a band around his bicep. I think I've mentioned that here before.
I have that on my right leg. People always ask me, "Is that a tattoo of your DNA?" On an aside, people are frickin' morons.

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