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Chinese Tattoo

Sunday, 26 April 2009

chinese tattooTattoos are drawn not only for fashion but for presenting some symbols as well. There are wide ranges of designs in the line of tattoos. And people in different countries deserve dissimilar tattoo designs while each of them bears a particular meaning and sign. Chinese society keeps tattoo culture since long time. Tattoos are here really fashionable. There have also some special symbols and signs such as strength, peace, courage, friendship, faith, hope, angel and so forth behind the tattoo using. But it is to remember that each of sign could vary in accordance with its users and purposes. However, the variety along with the simplicity made Chinese tattoo different.

A small Chinese tattoo is enough to speak for strong emotion. A statistic shows that around six thousand people around the world navigate the phrase ‘Chinese Tattoos' in every single day on internet. Similarly, Chinese tattoos are beautiful, elegant and aesthetically powerful.

Tattoos are very popular in China. It is called ‘Ci Shen' or ‘Wen Shen' in Chinese language that stands for ‘puncture the body' in English. Younger people are very much fond of tattoos. These are commonly seen in college or University campus, nightclubs and even on celebrity photos. The reason behind the tattoos' popularity is identified as Chinese symbolism. The tattoos' symbols gone with Chinese culture are very clean and simple that would express many things.

Chinese tattoos are sometimes designed embellishing the typical Chinese characters. These bear many subtle meanings as well. Though there have crazy about exotic Chinese tattoos in western world, sometimes people there do not know the actual meaning of some tattoos for their ambiguous designs. Sometimes Chinese idioms are to be translated into English for understanding their meaning and idea. This may be another reason why Chinese tattoo became so popular around the globe.

The tattoo symbol ‘kanji' could be mentioned here as example that is worn for expressing particular emotions like peace, love, friendship. The ‘Yin and Yang' is another famous name in the line of Chinese tattoos that stands for the symbol of perfect balance. Its different sides contrast by its meaning. When the Yin and Yang becomes dark, it refers earthly and female symbol and when it holds light goes to the sign of airy and male. At the same time, Chinese people take the Yin and Yang's symbol in several ways.  It surrounds the lotus flower bearing the sign of balance, purity and perfection.

The dragon is familiarized as one of the most attractive tattoo pieces in Chinese culture. You know dragon is the national as well as cultural symbol of China and that is why Chinese people believe that dragon tattoo bears the symbol of their identity. Once upon a time dragon had close association with criminals. However, the trend has changed. Today dragon holds the symbol of mystery and power. General people use dragon tattoos bearing aesthetic purposes in mind forgetting the background. 

The dragon keeps various pictorial representations in its tattooing designs. While celestial dragon is considered as highly spiritual, Coiling Dragon, master of the ocean, earth dragon, ruler of earth, Horned Dragon, most powerful, strength, courage and the yellow dragon is taken for intelligence, knowledge.

The tattoos having beautiful designs express different symbols. While the bamboo stands for durability because of its strength, clouds goes with the symbols of long life, power as well as wealth. 

Some ethnic Chinese people wear tattoos in some purposes. The Dai and the Drung minorities mark their skin with tattoos that is inherited from their forefather. Women reside in Drung ethnic minority make tattoos on their appearances. Earlier girls reaching at the age of around 13 were drawn tattoos as a sign of maturity.

Once (around 350 years ago) Drung people were very helpless especially when they were assaulted by other tribal groups. And even the enemies captured Drung women as slaves. As a result they drew tattoos on their faces with a view to making themselves less charming. Thus women tried to save themselves from sexual torture. In recent times, the scenario has changed completely. There are no threatens on Drung women from other groups. However, they have been continuing the tattooing custom that has turned to be an icon of maturity in Drung culture.

Likewise, Dai men wear tattoos on their muscles while women on the back of arm, hand and between the eyebrows. Most of the people in Dai community prefer dragon or tiger tattoo designs drawn usually in black. Wearing black design tattoo, there is also a very interesting story. It is heard that many years ago, Dai people resided on the bank of river and very often attacked by monsters. For that reason they discovered an innovative idea. To hold off monsters they began tattooing on their skin in black color.

Today, tattooing has come into appear bearing the symbol of bravery and boldness of male and the exquisiteness of women. To symbolize beauty, women draw tattoos between the eyebrows. Men hold tattoos with different styles including many-sided flower design on different parts of their body.

Chinese tattoos are also very famous among the celebrities. Allen Iverson (basketball player) uses Chinese tattoos for respect, while Mary J Blige for strength, Nathalie Imbruglia (singer), courage, Julia Roberts, strength of heart, Kiefer Sutherland, undying love and Britney Spears takes character tattoo on her abdomen for meaning mystery.

Whatever you want to mean by your tattooing, love, happiness, peace and so on, you can discover almost everything in Chinese tattoos. But it is better to be aware a bit about using Chinese tattoos. Being some complexities in the language, tattoo designed in Chinese would mean different thing that you really needed. So be consult with someone who knows Chinese well. You can find some websites also that provide Chinese tattoo translation services. Each of the translation costs vary with its characters. For example, 4 words would take $29 while $49 and $97 for (up to) 12 and 24 words respectively.

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connie ho  - comment   |2009-09-23 09:07:12

I like the content of this article, It is informative, has valuable historical data, convincing, detailed, and touches the heart. Bravo.

Nice to add some titles. They will break up the page.

Connie Ho
Destiny Nicole Bensman  - Tattoo   |2009-11-07 00:53:16
I like your tattoos alot. I was woundering if you have other tattoos on this websit because I like differint tattoos. I want a tattoo that gos on your lower back that is beautiful that is a heart and has love in the middle of it with a ribbon too.
Connie Ho  - tattoo   |2009-11-12 08:48:53
Hi Nicole, there is something called calligraphy tattoo, it is a kind of chinese tattoo with a twist.
Connie Ho
heather davis  - tattoo   |2009-12-13 04:39:26
Ive been wanting to get a tattoo in chinese symbols and I think I finally found the quote I want. I want to get 'in every dark cloud theres a silver line.' that quote sticks with me and I think about it whenever times are tough. But I need to find what that would be in chinese. Can anyone help?? If so please email me @ davismoneta@aol.com
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