Making Fun with Chinese Tattoo

Chinese Tattoos have always been hugely popular. It is not necessarily about the realm of criminals and the mafia; even Hollywood celebrities seem to have caught on to the mystery and allure of the Far East. Classic Chinese tattoos have an attraction which can easily be appreciated regardless of whether one can understand the often subtle meanings or not.

Aesthetics should be the primary consideration when getting tattooed, and Chinese characters are very well suited to this purpose. Meaning is an important question in that viewer will probably ask the wearer to not only translate the characters, but to explain the story behind the decision to make such a lasting statement.

The most common Chinese tattoos are ones that are supposed to represent ideas and qualities like love or strength. Keep in mind that the concepts are aimed at English speakers, and on that level "peace, love and happiness" are easily understandable.

Besides Chinese characters, the commonest pattern used in tattoo is Chinese dragon. The Chinese dragon has been a common symbol of identity for Far Eastern cultures; and for centuries, it has been as symbol of power and mystery. 

Take care when choosing a Chinese tattoo by following these illustrations:

? Get a sketch or printout of the proposed design.
? Ask several Chinese people what they think.
? If relevant, try and explain what deeper meaning you want to convey - maybe somebody will suggest a well known idiom to use instead of a literal translation.
? Be aware that speakers of different dialects may use different transliterations for your name. 
? Ask a Chinese person (preferably one who knows you) to give you a name if your own ones are not translated well into Chinese.  Check its meaning with other people and only keep it if you like it. 
? There are many ways characters may be written; take the time to do some research and find someone good at calligraphy to write out your design.  

Chinese character for Swimming, Wandering or Travelling.