Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Reader Margaret emails me a link to a Craiglist posting. The anonymous individual wrote following:
"Can someone please tell me what this means? So, I've been dating this guy and he just got this new tattoo. He claims that it says one thing but I believe it says something else. It's obvious that the "IV" in the middle means the number "4". What does the rest say? I want to know if he's really trust worthy or not. I belive he's lying... can anyone shed some light on this?"
The top three characters 侵略者 means "invader" or "aggressor", and the bottom two 人生 means "human life" or simply "life".
My guess is that he wanted "aggressor for life", but the tattoo artist did not have all the template available, therefore substituted Roman numeral "IV" instead. Clever.
With the "aggressor" tattooed on his neck, perhaps rest of the photograph would show him wearing a "wifebeater" tanktop?
Update: Tattoo man wanted Oakland "Raiders for life", instead he got "Invaders for life".
From the comments section, it appears this guy got screwed big time. Not only he got a tattoo for a wrong football team, the team tattoo he is sporting has been defunct long time ago.
This is especially hilarious when Oakland Raiders has a Chinese section on their official website. If only this man would spend a few minutes to do some reading, all the embarrassment could have been avoided.
The official team name for Oakland Raiders in Chinese is 突袭者.