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Chinese Lettering Tattoo, Chinese Letters: Do They Really Exist?

I have heard the term Chinese lettering tattoo many times. My first reaction is puzzle. Does it exist? Other related phrases include Chinese letters or alphabet, and the like.

Chinese Lettering Tattoos – Funny

To me, Chinese lettering tattoo sounds funny. At first, I thought it has something to do with breakfast cereals with alphabet. However, as I see the terms more often, I begin to realize that they are indeed a ‘misnomer’, wrong name. There is a misconception about Asian words. Many westerners think that the Chinese language is is based on a lettering system from A to Z, similar to English. In other words, they believe that a Chinese word is composed of oriental letters.

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As Asian writing has now becoming popular, many people are asking for Chinese lettering tattoo. Apparently, there is not such thing. I even suspect that people do not quite understand the Chinese words that are tattooed on their bodies. In fact, you need to know the precise meaning of the symbols or any Asian characters before inking. Otherwise, you may have eternal regret.

Chinese Letters, Chinese Alphabet Does Not Exist

Some people talk about Chinese letters or alphabets. This is wrong as there are no such things. Letters or alphabets belong to the occidental writing systems. They are used for western languages. In China, the written language is based on characters. Each character or word can represent a physical object, abstract idea or pronunciation. Chinese is one of the world’s oldest languages. The symbols or signs that are used to represent the language are known as characters (words).

Chinese Lettering Tattoos, Chinese Letters: Search Terms

In the past, tattoo was limited to Old School style like the sailors. Today’s ink designs are exciting. this explains why so many people are seeking Chinese writing tattoos. Asian words are mystical and charming. They express individuality, style and glamour. Did you know that every month, there are about 22,000 internet searches for the term Chinese lettering tattoo, and 40,500 searches for Chinese letters? While those figures are not very high compared to other popular search terms. However, what I do is that people are misled. Worse than that, they perpetuate that wrong concept and keep spreading it. No one take the time to point out the error.

Chinese Letters Tattoo?

In all, any search for Chinese letter tattoos is but futile. They simply do not exist. If you intend to ink your body in Asian words, look for the right terms. These include Chinese symbols, writing, word, character or script. In fact, calligraphy tattoo is even better. It is aesthetic writing based on handwriting styles.

Asian Tattoo Ideas: Chinese Symbols, Words, Writing Video

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