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    I was fairly certain we had one of these already. However I searched and could not find it.

    I just got my first one yesterday. It's a sparrow. I got it on my left shoulder blade. The outline was drawn by Jeph Jacques of www.questionablecontent.com (a webcomic) but the fill was masterminded and executed by my friend Ruth.



    I like it a lot. The experience was not bad, I didn't expect it to be. Anybody else got any ink?

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    Nice, why the sparrow?

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    Nice, why the sparrow?
    G/F's last name is a homonym.

    Even if we break up, the bird will still represent this time in my life.

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    G/F's last name is a homonym.

    Even if we break up, the bird will still represent this time in my life.
    Yikes.

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    Meh, it's a really cool picture either way.

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    Don't have any ink at the moment but I would like to get something done. I want my upper arms done but I just spent $200,000 on college and I don't want it to effect my job prospects...so I don't know.

    I would get something like this on my upper right arm:



    And something like this on my left



    Did I mention I hate needles, as well?

    Edit: This is my first post that reflects me turning 22 today. Woo hoo.

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    Usually those kind of fancy jobs require shirts.
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    Usually those kind of fancy jobs require shirts.
    True...but pool parties, golf outings, "business" trips to the Caribbean or something...I just don't know.

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    This isn't the 60's. Tattoos aren't just for sailors, bikers and convicts anymore.

    But seriously, SO MANY people have tattoos, no way would it hurt your career. Unless you're in the pre-teen church camp business.

    Personally, I'd say a bad haircut is way worse than a covered tattoo when it comes to how you present yourself professionally. Heck, a lot of people respect my decision, even my parents. Though I do have enough sense to keep them covered in professional settings. When the 4th of july cookout comes around, I have no problem wearing short sleeves and "being me". Inevitably the conversation comes up and I explain what they are and why I got them, and people generally think they are cool, especially the wives for some reason.

    I could tell you a story about the $1,000,000 a year client who gave me a hard time about my tattoo, and had me scared senseless. Later on I see him in the gym and the man is completely covered in ink - wrist to wrist, belt to neck.

    "You ***hole! You made me feel like a jerk!" We had a good laugh.
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    Don't have any ink at the moment but I would like to get something done. I want my upper arms done but I just spent $200,000 on college and I don't want it to effect my job prospects...so I don't know.

    I would get something like this on my upper right arm:



    And something like this on my left



    Did I mention I hate needles, as well?

    Edit: This is my first post that reflects me turning 22 today. Woo hoo.

    I like the lion of Juddah a lot, I have a Brazilian friend who has a huge one like this on his upper back and it's really nice. I like tatoos... but on other people only

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    I want another one now. I don't know what/where though, so it'll probably be a while.

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    My 1st Tat in memorial to Hunter S Thompson:


    2nd Tat in memorial to my brother Michael Schafer


    Unfortunately I have yet to upload a pic of my 3rd one, which is a shamrock on my right hand.

    My sleeve will be starting once I find a new job though.

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    I love Kurt Vonnegut but I don't know if I could get a Kurt tattoo.


    Maybe just an asterisk. Cuz it's a picture of the, you know.

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    Oh man, I'm so sorry for your loss, Spaded.
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    Oh yeah, sorry, I kind of just focused on the Hunter S one. That's a great way to memorialize him. What does the symbol mean below the rifle?

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    It means "Elder Brother" in Chinese.

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    It means "Elder Brother" in Chinese.
    That is correct. And you're one lucky S.O.B. that you got it right. http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn/c...ter/21733.html

    Solid work, no harm, no foul. You got the character for elder brother correct!


    NOW - FOR ANYONE ELSE:

    Don't get another language on your body unless you can read it yourself or you have an actual expert confirm the translation.

    Please, unless you confirm with a native chinese speaker, PLEASE do not get chinese tattoos by picking one out of the book at the tattoo parlor. Those books are often WAY off, and even if they are right, if your artist doesn't trace them perfectly, they can suddenly mean something completely different.

    Perfect example: Marquis Daniels. He got 3 characters on his forearm that he though represented his initials - M.A.D. Sounds cool, right?

    Wrong. They don't stand for his initials. They are gibberish, but if you want the best translation of them, they mean "Healthy Woman Roof." If you take that one step further into a sort of colorful nudge-wink double speak, they can be further distorted to mean "nice pair of tits."

    This isn't Quisey's fault. He trusted the artist, and the artist trusted one of those books.

    Read more about this common mis-hap here:

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    By Cindy Chang
    Published: WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2006

    LOS ANGELES: Shad Magness wanted to celebrate the love he felt for his young son with a grand gesture.

    At a Los Angeles tattoo parlor four years ago, he had two Chinese characters etched in a prominent spot on his left forearm. He assumed that the translation in the sample book the tattoo artist showed him - "one love" - was correct. The first sign of trouble came six months later, when Magness was shopping at a Staples office supply store and the checkout clerk informed him that the characters on his arm meant not "one love" but "love hurts."

    Magness consulted some bilingual co-workers, who confirmed the bad news: His tattoo did indeed trumpet the pain of failed love.

    "I've been kind of embarrassed about it ever since," said Magness, 31, a real estate appraiser in Orange, California. "I guess that's what you get for not being able to read it."

    Magness is now undergoing a series of time-consuming, ouch-inspiring treatments to remove the tattoo.

    Christina Norton of Redondo Beach, California, is also getting her tattoo lasered off. At the tattoo parlor, "I asked the guy, 'Are you sure?'" Norton recalled. "He assured me, so then I went ahead and did it." Now she knows that her tattoo is meaningless out of context with other characters. "Ever since I found out, I was like, 'I have to get it off,'" she said.

    James Morel, the chief executive officer of Dr. Tattoff, tattoo removal specialists in Beverly Hills, California, says his clinics sign up five or six new patients a week who, like Magness and Norton, have discovered that their Chinese tattoos mean something different than what they intended.

    Chinese character tattoos are as commonly spotted on American college students from the heartland as they are on bartenders in Berkeley.

    Sports Illustrated magazine recently featured a spread on professional basketball players' Chinese tattoos, quoting the Chicago Bulls center Tyson Chandler as saying he checked with Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets before getting a tattoo meaning "love."

    Britney Spears was apparently not so cautious. The pop singer reportedly got a tattoo she thought said "mysterious" but actually meant "strange."

    At the root of the Western craze for Chinese tattoos is the same fascination for Eastern traditions that has fanned interest in feng shui and Asian-theme clothing and decor.

    American tattoo artists - few of whom know Chinese - copy the characters from templates that are often of uncertain provenance and are easily corrupted if a word is unwittingly substituted, or if someone decides to take liberties by altering a few strokes. When two characters are combined to form what is in English a catchy phrase, context can be lost and the result can be hilarious - or worse.

    Errors are common enough to be good business for tattoo removal specialists and to fuel a blog, www.hanzismatter.com, which posts photographs of botched tattoos accompanied by sardonic commentary from Tian Tang, a Chinese-born engineering student.

    The blog takes the name Hanzi Smatter from the Chinese term for the ideograms that are composed of as many as 30 strokes and take years of practice to write fluently. Hanzi are also used extensively in Japan, where they are referred to as kanji, and to a lesser degree in South Korea.

    Tang finds plenty of fodder on Web sites like Body Modification Ezine, www.bmezine.com, where entire photo galleries are devoted to hanzi-kanji tattoos. Some of Hanzi Smatter's 2,500 daily visitors e-mail him to verify the meaning of tattoos they already have, which sometimes puts him in the position of having to deliver bad tidings.

    One elaborate tattoo posted shortly after his blog's inception in late 2004 means "power piglet," according to Tang's translation. Another, on a woman's lower back, says "motherly beast blessing." Marquis Daniels, of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, thought he was getting his initials in Chinese but what his arm actually says is "healthy woman roof," Tang said.

    And to a Chinese or Japanese person's eyes, Tang said, the calligraphy is almost always atrocious.

    Hanzi-kanji tattoos became trendy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, tattoo experts say. They were a niche taste as far back as the early 20th century, when globe-trotting sailors would dock in Asian ports and leave with a colorful souvenir, according to C.W. Eldridge of Berkeley, a tattoo artist and tattoo historian.

    To Angela So, 27, a Canadian from Hong Kong who reads Hanzi Smatter regularly, people who get Chinese tattoos without researching the meaning are trivializing a language.

    "A lot of Western people get tattoos, and even though it's for personal reasons, they make everything so exotic," So said. "They do insult the culture. After all, Chinese culture has been here for thousands of years."

    "If you're going to mark your body in a permanent way, you have to do your research," said Marisa DiMattia, a New York lawyer and the editor of the online tattoo zine Needled, www.needled.com. "If someone has done their homework and still wants to get the kanji, and they've made a mistake, don't expect the tattooist to say, 'That's not what it means.'"

    The same warning might be extended to the other side of the Pacific, where a tattoo subculture is in full flower in Japan and body art is just beginning to catch on in China.

    Tang of Hanzi Smatter is well aware that the sword of linguistic ignorance can cut both ways. His blog was partly inspired by www.engrish.com, which documents amusing English gaffes by Asians on T-shirts, street signs and product packaging.

    Horitaka, a tattoo artist in San Jose, California, who specializes in traditional Japanese designs and travels often to Japan, said, "Young people there are the same as young people here. A lot of Americans want kanji because it's a little exotic, whereas a lot of Japanese are getting Western writing."
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    If my name were Bob I'd definitely get a "B" tattood on both my butt cheeks. In fact, it would be mandatory.

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    Funny, I either have WoW or MoM on my ***. It just depends on which way you look at it.
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    I like WoW, but MoM is a bit creepy for my taste......

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    Pacer logo on my right forearm.

    I also have a dollar sign on my left bicep that has snow cover and is freezing on the tops and is melting away on the bottom. That one represents a lot of things to me.
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    I love the Pacers. A lot.


    But even I can't think of putting the logo on my arm. That's just asking for them to change it.

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    I love the Pacers. A lot.


    But even I can't think of putting the logo on my arm. That's just asking for them to change it.
    That would make the tattoo mean even more to me. It would then be the symbol of the team that I became a fan of when I was 3 and grew up with.

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    That is correct. And you're one lucky S.O.B. that you got it right. http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn/c...ter/21733.html

    Solid work, no harm, no foul. You got the character for elder brother correct!
    Well, it's not like I just walked into a parlor and saw a flash design of the logo. Half of the stuff they are supposed to mean is impossible, considering they don't use the same syllables as us and all. I did my research and knew what I wanted done, there are a few websites you can trust when it comes to chinese and kanji.

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    Well, it's not like I just walked into a parlor and saw a flash design of the logo. I did my research and knew what I wanted done, there are a few websites you can trust when it comes to chinese and kanji.
    Good to hear! That's the way to do it!
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