Kanji tattoos

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tribal scorpion tattoo

My last tattoo design: a scorpion holding a rose between his pincers:

scorpion tattoo / rose tattoo / chinese writing tattoo

The text is written in chinese: 致命的愛 (reading: zhìmìng de ài) in and means fatal love (or deadly love).

For more tattoos designs with scorpions visit my website, seiza.ro

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chinese ideograms tattoos: common mistakes

Chinese characters have a complex beauty as well as individual meanings. People who get Chinese tattoos are often drawn to this. Unfortunately, the flip-side is that there are a lot of pitfalls for the unwary. I have personally seen such elementary mistakes as a tattoo with the Chinese Symbol being tattooed reversed or defaced.The vivid samples of such mistakes of Chinese Symbol tattoos as below :
  1.  Missing strokes and defacing Symbols . The majority of tattoo artists in western countries know nothing about Chinese, not to mention how to write them correctly. Missing strokes are common mistakes and thus making the tattoos meaningless, and the poor penmanship defaces the Chinese characters and makes them look ugly. Wearing meaningless Chinese symbol tattoos is embarrassing. The following photos are the examples of missing strokes and degaced chinese symbols, the red characters besides the circle are the correct one.
  2. Chinese Symbols Being Tattooed Backwards. A much more common mistake is that the Chinese characters are flipped horizontally or vertically and thus is a mirror image of what it should be. I think this might be the problem when people use temporary tattoos or work from those because after a while they might get confused as to which side is the correct one. To have a Chinese symbol tattooed on you backwards is also embarrassing. The pictures below show you how a Chinese character being tattooed backwards. the red characters are correct one.
  3. Mistranslation. Chinese characters are complex and can easily be mean something other than intended. Get the wrong one and your new Chinese symbol tattoo will be a permanent source of embarrassment to you! A lady has told me her Chinese symbol tattoos experiences:/p> After deciding have a Chinese writing tattoo, She went to Chinese restaurant and pull over a Chinese waiter and asked him to write out the word "free" in Chinese characters for her, free has two meaning in English dictionary, the first one is free of charge and the second meaning is freedom which was the lady wanted, the waiter wrote down the first meaning in Chinese for the lady. The lady ended up with the sign "free of charge" on her skin and it was end up with spending US$900 to remove the tattoos.
  4. Do not know the meaning. I have come across many western people who do not know the meaning of their Chinese writing tattoos. Tattoo is a way of self expression. If anyone curiously ask you the meaning of your tattoos, answering them either do not know or make up the meaning is quite awkward.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

There is no first attack in karate

The second of the Gichin Funakoshi’s 20 Guiding Principles of Karate: 'There is no first attack in karate'. This principle remind us that karate is for defense only. A karateka will never instigate violence or perpetuate it's development; only, as a last resort, will a karateka use his skill to end a fight. Japanese text: 空手に先手なし (からてにせんてなし); reading: karate ni sente nashi.

Japanese writing tattoo / Kanji tattoo: the second of the Gichin Funakoshi’s 20 Guiding Principles of Karate

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wu xing tattoos

Tattoo design: the Wu Xing elements. In the middle is depicted the ideogram of the Element of Fire (火, huǒ).

Tribal tattoo / wu xing tattoo / the chinese five elements tattoo

For more tattoos designs with the Wu Xing ideograms visit our website, seiza.ro

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Free models for celtic tattoos

Two new models for celtic tattoos available on my website

celtic pattern for bracelet tattoo
Celtic bracelet tattoos with the word "Love" written with celtic ornamental fonts.

tattoo design: celtic pendant and celtic cross
A celtic pendant with a celtic cross in middle.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Celtic tattoos

Celts once covered a large area of Europe and had their own languages and culture, not to mention religion. The symbols they used in those days are incorporated into the highly popular Celtic tattoos used today.

The Celts worshipped gods and goddesses, animals and the land, and as they were exposed more and more to Christianity, their symbols and shapes started to change into crosses and stars. One of the reasons for this adaptation was to avoid conflict with Christian beliefs. But, these adapted elements are what remains and what is most seen in traditional tattoos.

Celtic Knot Patterns 
Although many traditional Celtic designs are copied in tattoos, perhaps one of the most recognizable and coveted tattoo is the knot. Knots resemble interwoven vines and are arranged to form a particular shape, for example a heart, but their shape can be almost anything a person can think of, from circles to the more complex star shape.

A Celtic knot also carries with it the symbolism recognizable by anyone who has even a slight knowledge of Celtic art which is that it represents continuous life as well as the season's cycles and the complexity of nature.

Animals were very important to the Celts, animals such as butterflies, dogs and geese. Butterflies were especially held in very high esteem by the Celts because of their beauty. Dogs symbolize loyalty and good luck while eagles are linked with death, so are ravens and other birds. Horses were sacred to the Celts and a tattoo depicting a horse is linked to mystery and magic. Power can be symbolized by a Celtic art tattoo of a bear while the dragon is associated with both power and magic. Sometimes an animal will be the main focus in a tattoo while others may form on a part of the background.

The number three, 3, has always featured highly in Celtic designs and is typically found somewhere in the design, at times even hidden deeply within it. It can be small or large.

The Celtic cross is without doubt perhaps the most recognisable of all Celtic designs and is a very popular tattoo subject. They are highly religious in their nature and quite often Celts will wear the design as a proclamation of their ethnic roots.

The Celtic tree of life is quite self-explanatory, it follows the same style as the knot and the cross but it is composed of interweaving lines which form branches around a tree trunk. It represents the beginning and end of life and also the eternal nature of the world we live in.

A Claddagh, though maybe not as well known is popular and is perhaps more recognizable to those of Celtic and Irish heritage. Consisting of two hands clasping a heart covered by a crown. When represented graphically in the form of a tattoo, it stands for everlasting love and loyalty.

Author: Tim Lazaro

Source: ezinearticles.com

celtic symbols tattoo: bracelet and pendant
celtic bracelet and pendant tattoo

celtic symbols for tattoos: spiral bracelet
celtic bracelet tattoo

celtic symbols tattoos: celtic pendant
celtic pendant tattoo

Monday, February 14, 2011

Free dragon tattoo designs (II)

chinese symbol for the year of the dragon
Chinese symbol for the year of the dragon (Hànzì: 龙年; pinyin: lóngnián)

tribal tattoo / kanji tattoo
Japanese symbol: War (Kanji: 戦争; hiragana: せんそう; reading: sensoo)

yin yang tattoo / dragon tattoo / kanji tattoo
Chinese (traditional chinese) / japanese ideogram: Dragon (Japanese: Kanji: 龍; hiragana: 1 たつ 2 りゅう 3 りょう; reading: 1 tatsu 2 ryuu 3 ryoo) (Chinese: Hànzì: 龍; pinyin: lóng)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chinese dragons tattoos:

  • Tianlong (Chinese: 天龍; pinyin: tiānlóng; Wade–Giles: t'ien-lung; literally "heavenly dragon"), celestial dragon that guards heavenly palaces and pulls divine chariots; also a name for Draco (constellation)
  • Hong (Chinese: 虹; pinyin: hóng; Wade–Giles: hung; literally "rainbow"), a two-headed dragon or rainbow serpent
  • Teng (Chinese: 螣; pinyin: téng; Wade–Giles: t'eng) or Tengshe (simplified Chinese: 腾蛇; traditional Chinese: 騰蛇; pinyin: téngshé; Wade–Giles: t'eng-she; lit. "soaring snake") is a flying dragon without legs
  • Shenlong (Chinese: 神龍; pinyin: shénlóng; Wade–Giles: shen-lung; literally "god dragon"), thunder god that controls the weather, appearance of a human head, dragon's body, and drum-like stomach
  • Longwang (Chinese: 龍王; pinyin: lóngwáng; Wade–Giles: lung-wang; literally "Dragon Kings") divine rulers of the Four Seas
  • Fucanglong (Chinese: 伏藏龍; pinyin: fúcánglóng; Wade–Giles: fu-ts'ang-lung; literally "hidden treasure dragon"), underworld guardian of precious metals and jewels, associated with volcanoes
  • Bashe (Chinese: 巴蛇; pinyin: bāshé; Wade–Giles: pa-she; literally "ba snake") was a giant python-like dragon that ate elephants
  • Dilong (Chinese: 地龍; pinyin: dìlóng; Wade–Giles: ti-lung; literally "earth dragon"), controller of rivers and seas; also a name for earthworm
  • Yinglong (Chinese: 應龍; pinyin: yìnglóng; Wade–Giles: ying-lung; literally "responding dragon"), winged dragon associated with rains and floods, used by Huangdi to kill Chi You
  • Shen (Chinese: 蜃; pinyin: shèn; Wade–Giles: shen; literally "giant clam"), a shapeshifting dragon or sea monster believed to create mirages
  • Jiaolong (Chinese: 蛟龍; pinyin: jiāolóng; Wade–Giles: chiao-lung; literally "crocodile dragon"), hornless or scaled dragon, leader of all aquatic animals
  • Panlong (Chinese: 蟠龍; pinyin: pánlóng; Wade–Giles: p'an-lung; literally "coiled dragon"), lake dragon that has not ascended to heaven
  • Huanglong (Chinese: 黃龍; pinyin: huánglóng; Wade–Giles: huang-lung; literally "yellow dragon"), hornless dragon symbolizing the emperor
  • Feilong (Chinese: 飛龍; pinyin: fēilóng; Wade–Giles: fei-lung; literally "flying dragon"), winged dragon that rides on clouds and mist; also a name for pterosaur (compare Feilong kick and Fei Long character)
  • Qinglong (Chinese: 青龍; pinyin: qīnglóng; Wade–Giles: ch'ing-lung; literally "Azure Dragon"), the animal associated with the East in the Chinese Four Symbols, mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations
  • Longma (Chinese: 龍馬; pinyin: lóngmǎ; Wade–Giles: lung-ma; literally "dragon horse"), emerged from the Luo River and revealed Bagua (concept) to Fu Xi

  • Chilong (Chinese: 螭龍; pinyin: chīlóng; Wade–Giles: ch'ih-lung; literally "demon dragon"), a hornless dragon or mountain demon
  • Qiulong (Chinese: 虯龍; pinyin: qíulóng; Wade–Giles: ch'iu-lung; literally "curling dragon"), contradictorily defined as both "horned dragon" and "hornless dragon"

Dragon tattoo / Hanzi tattoo: the year of the dragon written in chinese
Chinese symbol for the year of the dragon (Hànzì: 龙年; pinyin: lóngnián)

Dargon tattoo / Hanzi tattoo: the year of the dragon written in chinese
Chinese symbol for the year of the dragon (Hànzì: 龙年; pinyin: lóngnián)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kanji tattoo: Human emotions

kanji tattoo: human emotions (japanese word)

Japanese word:喜怒哀楽 (きどあいらく = kidoairaku), human emotions. Ideograms meanings (from left): 1. 喜 Joy. 2. 怒 Angry. 3. 哀 Sorrow, grief. 4. 楽 Good mood, comfort.

Scorpion tattoos

One of the most popular symbol for tattoos, used both for men's tattoos and women's tattoos, scorpion tattoos can be tattooed at any part of the body.
Depending on the design, a scorpion tattoo can be dark and forbidding, elegant and sophisticated or sexy and attractive.

tribal tattoo, black scorpion tattoo, shoulder tattoo, arm tattoo
Tribal scorpions are done in black and gray. This kind of tattoo looks pretty tough and is more suited for men.

Realistic scorpion tattoo; wrist tattoo, hand tattoo
Unisex design

scorpion tattoo, tribal tattoo, tattoo on the back
Unisex tribal tattoo with scorpion

Scorpion tattoo on the side of the body of a young woman
Sexy scorpion tattoo

tribal tattoo / scorpion tattoo / zodiac tattoo / sign of the Scorpion written in Kanji

On seiza.ro you can find this tribal tattoo with the kanji for the zodiacal sign of the Scorpion. Japanese language: Scorpio (zodiac sign) 蝎座 (Kanji: 蝎座; hiragana: さそりざ; reading: sasoriza)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Japanese symbol for luck

Trebol tattoo; kanji tattoo; the japanese symbol for good luck
Japanese language: good luck; fortune; happiness 
Kanji: 幸; hiragana: 1. さち; 2. こう; reading: 1. sachi; 2 koo

Free tattoo from our website, seiza.ro. It combine two symbols for good luck: a clover and the kanji which means happiness, good luck.

Tattoo colors

Here are some of the things that you should know about tattoo colors:
The best thing about black is that it does not fade over time. This is the main reason that many people choose to get their tattoos done entirely in black. Your tattoo will always be easy to see when you get it done in black, even if it does begin to fade over time. Keep in mind that gray, which is similar to black, will also remain brilliant over time.
One of the biggest problems with white tattoos is that they fade very quickly. Due to the sun, white tattoos often turn light brown or yellow in color. Many people also find that in comparison to other tattoo colors, white tends to be a much more painful option. The reason is because the tattoo artist  will need to penetrate somewhat further into the skin for the color to be visible.
Pink and Red
These two colors are known to fade much more gradually than other tattoo ink colors. Keep in mind that it is best to opt for a bright or dark pink if you want to keep the tattoo looking brilliant. It is important to make sure that you are not allergic to pink or red before getting your tattoo done, however. These are the two most common tattoo ink colors for people to be allergic to.
Blue and Purple
In comparison to many other tattoo ink colors, blue and purple are not known to fade too quickly. To ensure that your tattoo will keep its lustrous color for years to come, it is a good idea to opt for dark or bold, bright shades of these colors. Violet and turquoise are two tattoo ink colors which can remain beautiful over time in your desgn.  Light purples and blues will fade much quicker.
Yellow and Green
To avoid significant fading, it is a good idea to stay away from yellow and green tattoo ink. Not only do they fade the most significantly, but they also fade over the quickest amount of time. Although these colors can be great for accents, it is best to avoid having the entire tattoo done in yellow or green.
Coiled snake tattoo; blue snake tattoo; ideogram tattoo

Snake tattoo, available on seiza.ro

Kanji tattoo: The seven virtues of the samurai

Tribal tattoo; kanji tattoo; Bushido written in Kanji; the seven virtues of the samurai written in japanese

Inside: 武士道 Bushido. Outside (starting from top, clockwise): Rectitude (義), Courage (勇), Benevolence (仁), Honor (名誉), Loyalty (忠義), Honesty (誠), Respect (礼).

Love in japanese

One of the most popular phrases in any language is probably “I love you.” In Japanese, “love” is “ai (愛),” and the verb form “to love” is “aisuru (愛する).” “I love you” can be literally translated as “aishite imasu (愛しています)”. “Aishiteru (愛してる),” “aishiteru yo (愛してるよ)” or “aishiteru wa (愛してるわ, female speech)” is normally used in conversation. However, the Japanese don’t say “I love you” as often as Western people do, because of cultural differences.
butterflies tattoo; kanji tattoo; love written in chinese / japanese

Ai tattoo
There is another word to describe “love” which is “koi(恋).” The kanji character for “kokoro (心, heart)” is included as part of both kanji characters.

butterflies tattoo; heart tattoo; kanji tattoo; love written in chinese / japanese
Koi tattoo

Both “ai (愛)” and “koi(恋)” can roughly be translated as “love” in English. However, they have a slightly different nuance. “Koi” is a love for the opposite sex, or a longing feeling for a specific person. It can be described as “romantic love” or “passionate love.” While “ai” has the same meaning as “koi,” it also has a definition of a general feeling of love. “Koi” can be selfish, but “ai” is a real love. Here are some lines that explain them well:
“Koi is always wanting. Ai is always giving.”

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Warrior spirit - kanji tattoo

Tattoo with kanji for warrior spirit

Japanese symbol: 闘魂 - Warrior spirit (Kanji: 闘魂; hiragana: とうこん; reading: tookon)

Kanji for ninja - tattoo

tribal tattoo; kanji for ninja
Japanese symbol: Ninja (Kanji: 忍者; hiragana: にんじゃ; reading: ninja)