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Text Tattoo: Design Tips for Chinese Calligraphy, Asian Writing

One of the fastest growing trends is text tattoo. There are different kinds of text for ink designs, e.g. Asian writing, fancy calligraphy, and Chinese script. Even celebrities have eagerly embraced Asian text tattoos. For example, prior to the Beijing Olympics, Beckham has his torso etched in eight symbols in cursive calligraphy style. This is a Chinese proverb, which is written from top to bottom. It says, “life and death have determined appointments; riches and honors depend up heaven.” This text tattoo has attracted enormous media attention. Here are the best tips for text tattoos in Chinese writing styles.

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  1. Text Tattoos – Asian Calligraphy

    Asian calligraphy is beautiful writing. It is revered and practiced by people in the Far East. The beauty and ingenuity of calligraphy symbols and words make them ideal for text tattoo. However, due to their complexity, many westerners do not know how and where to get their Asian text. They encounter difficulties due to language and cultural barriers. Asian writing is beautiful, mysterious, yet “hard to get”.

  2. Text Tattoo Designs – Font, Chinese Translation

    For their text tattoo designs, many people seek free font over the internet. Also, they rely on online Chinese dictionary or translation tools for their tattoo meanings. Unfortunately, these rarely produce satisfactory results. Fonts are ill suited for aesthetic display. Chinese fonts are not meant for body decoration. Rather, they are used primarily for printing purposes. In addition, automatic Chinese translation is far from perfect. They tend to yield absurd or mismatched meanings. To avoid these mistakes, you should hire a Chinese expert to do your text design. Just follow these simples steps.

  3. Text Tattoo Ideas – Chinese Calligraphy

    Do a Google keyword search for “Chinese calligraphy”. Focus on images, photo and pictures. You don’t need to understand Chinese. The most important are the visuals. Calligraphy images provide great text tattoo ideas for neck, lower back, arm, foot and full body design.

  4. You should decide which calligraphy style to choose for your text tattoo. It falls under five major styles (or script): seal script, clerical script, cursive script (grass style), running script, and regular script. Do a Google search for sources relating to these styles. If you wish, you can read the history, stories, and significance of Chinese calligraphy. These help you appreciate Asian writing.

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  5. Text Tattoo – Custom Meaning

    Text tattoos are not merely beautiful writing. They convey meanings just like any language. Now, you should consider the tattoo meaning of your writing. What do you want the custom writing to convey? Patience, beauty, etc. The meaning that you choose determines what Chinese symbols to be used for your ink. It should reflect your individuality, inner beauty, or unique qualities.

  6. Text Tattoo – Writing Expert

    To get a custom text tattoo, you need to find someone good at Chinese writing, an expert in the field. That person should be a calligraphy artist. Why? They have extensive training in aesthetic writing. Many of them have practiced handwriting styles for several years. By a different token, ink artists are skilled in body inking, not calligraphy. Hence, you should purchase your writing design from a writing expert. You ask the expert to translate your chosen word or phrase to Chinese.

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  8. Text Tattoos – Inking Parlor

    Take your text design to an inking parlor. Decide the specifics, e.g., placement, size, color. Your skin is now emboldened with meaningful Chinese script for the rest of your life. The etching is special because it is custom design by a writing specialist. The best text tattoo is one rendered by a writing expert. Inking is long term body decoration. You should do sufficient research to get the proper design.

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  1. This is interesting, a combination of traditional art and modern fashion!

  2. Thanks, traditional art is definitely becoming fashionable tattoo trend these days.

  3. alin

     /  May 28, 2010

    what does that girls tattoo`s meaning ? pls answear me if anybody know

  4. Hi, this chinese writing has to do with love, something like it is wonderful for the couple to meet up again.

  5. selina rodric

     /  November 23, 2010

    hi on you 3rd picture of the girl with 4 symbols on her back, i think there so beautiful, what do they mean? sincerly .

  6. Hi, the meaning has to do with passion and life. Visit to see other similar designs. This is the Chinese cursive writing style.

  7. ebony m

     /  November 29, 2010

    are you able to translate exactly the tattoo in the third photo with the four symbols?

  8. Hi Ebony, that tattoo is created by I spoke with the tattoo designer, in fact she created it for an Australian client who loves herself, life and passion. She enjoys the sunny weather and beaches too.

  9. Daniella Svensson

     /  February 3, 2011

    Hey, i really want to know, about the second tattoo on this site, what does it mean? I think it’s very beautiful and i want to have it myself. i really hope u can tell me what it means, it’s the tattoo below this sentense “1.Text Tattoos – Asian Calligraphy. So the second picture on this site… Thanks…

  10. Lydia

     /  June 27, 2012

    Hi there Connie, I hope you are well. Hope you could maybe help me.
    I am looking for someone that could let me know how to write “Because I can” in Chinese.
    Thank you so much :)

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