Saturday, October 29, 2005

"Bitter"


http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51012/high/bmepb147728.jpg

means "bitter", "hardship", or "suffering".

The three exact emotions this guy is going through right now.


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GQ magazine Nov. 2005 Issue

GQ Magazine Nov. 2005 issue 1130

In Nov. 2005 issue of GQ magazine, there is an article called "The Office Dick" by Cecil Donahue. It identifies "The Common Two-Face Slacker" with the characteristics of "odd facial piercings" and "Chinese character tattooed on back of neck".


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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Etch a Mac


http://www.etchamac.com/powerbook.php

I would like know why someone would voluntarily pay $35+ ($35 for 3x3, $70 for 4x4 and $100 for 5x5 inches with purchase of a Powerbook) to have “All Rights Reserved” () in Chinese etched on their Apple Powerbook.

Does having Chinese characters etched on the Powerbook would make it any more unique than the next Joe Schmoe’s Powerbook with the exact same Chinese phrase? Also, does the potential customer even know what the phrase really mean? It could easy be "pretentious douche bag", although that would be a much entertaining choice than "All Rights Reserved".

(Disclaimer: I don't think Apple computer users are douche bags)

Couldn’t they come up with some creative or inspiring phrases? I mean there are literally millions of Chinese literatures to choose from.

Here is one suggestion I have: how about just etch the owner’s contact info in case the laptop has been snatched from their local hot spot.

Ps. Thanks to the "cult of mac" for sending it in.


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Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Seven Sins




http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51022/high/bmepb151995.jpg

Anyone who has ever read Dante Alighieri’s La divina commedia or The Divine Comedy” (It was a required reading when I was in high school, and trust me, it was not an actual “comedy”) or watched the movie “SE7EN” would know about the Seven Deadly Sins, also known as the Cardinal Sins.

"Superbia" (, Pride), “Invidia” (, Envy), “Ira” ( or , Wrath), “Acedia” ( or , Sloth), “Avaritia” (, Greed), “Gula” ( or , Gluttony), and “Luxuria” (, , or , Lust) are Latin names for the Seven Deadly Sins.

is the simplification of .

After viewing the tattoo above, I would like to add “improvidus” and “ignarus” to the Cardinal Sins list.


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Whole-Hearted Devotion


http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51022/high/bmepb152472.jpg

is an old Chinese idiom that meant "in all sincerity", "with one's whole heart", or "whole-hearted devotion".

Ironically, neither the tattooist nor the client has devoted enough effort to make sure the tattoo was done correctly.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Jujutsu


http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A50910/high/bmegl129515.jpg

One of the basic principles many martial arts share is not to flaunt. Unfortunately many students have completely disregarded this important teaching, rather brand themselves with superficial gibberish.

Does getting (Jujutsu or Jujitsu) tattooed on your body really enhance your martial art skill and help you to find your inner peace? Perhaps getting the correct characters tattooed would help.

Regardless, you are now the laughing stock at your dojo ().


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The Four Seasons






(thanks to Terry for the photos)

Just because you have purchased the latest books on Feng Shui 風水 and watched way too much home make-over shows, it does not mean you have to jump onto the bandwagon. At least please consult someone first.

Twisted “Four Seasons” , that is definitely bad Feng Shui.


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Sunday, October 16, 2005

"Colorful Rat"

http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51012/high/bmepb145957.jpg

Is the first character (bag, package, wrap) or (color, tint, beauty, lust)?

If the first character is , the tattooed phrase would mean "packaged colorful rat/mouse". And if it is , then the tattoo would be "colorful rat/mouse".


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Upside Down "Beauty"


http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51012/high/bmepb147957.jpg

This young man is proudly displaying his newly done tattoo. Too bad the first character (beauty) is upside down. Perhaps the young should get (superficial) as a cover-up tattoo.


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"Robert"


http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51012/high/bmepb149567.jpg

This tattoo is the Chinese phonetic translation of the name “Robert”. It is very poorly done. All characters are disproportional and missing strokes.

Although sometimes the clients are the ones bring in ugly or incorrect designs, I can’t imagine any respectable tattooist would display this in his/her portfolio.


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"Where To?"


http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51012/high/bmepb149670.jpg

Due to the tattoo’s poor penmanship, it is very difficult to determine what the client’s original intension was.

The tattooed character could either be (what, why, where, which, how) or (direction).


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Big Mistake



This young man got two Chinese characters tattooed on his bicep and was told they meant "courage". I have posted about the exact same tattoo earlier, when I first saw it in 2003.

The phrase means “big mistake" or "shortcoming".


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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Dragon and Characters



An U. S. Navy recruiter from Florida has emailed me these photos of tattoos on a new recruit. Since the characters were randomly chosen, therefore I am not going to spend too much trying to decipher what this piece of “skin garbage” really means. But, I am going to point out the incorrectly written characters.

I feel like a medical examiner staring at a badly charred corpse and comparing dental records.



The top character means “black”. It was poorly written but still somewhat recognizable. The second character (tiger) was never finished. It is missing the lower partial . (dragon) is poorly written, but was somewhat recognizable.



(way, path) is also poorly written.



The two character phrase means “martial arts”, but the positioning order has been reversed.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

"Knowledge" Lacking


http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51003/high/bmegl144560.jpg

I don't remember if it is "good news travel in pairs" or "bad news travel in pairs", but these two have the exact same mistake in their tattoos.

(recognize, understand, knowledge) in both are missing a dot at top right corner.



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Sunday, October 9, 2005

French Tattoo Flash Mistakes


http://www.tattoo-passion.com/kanji.html

This lovely collage of mistakes is brought to you by a French website called Tattoo-Passion.com.

means "minister", not "Bouddha" (English "Buddha").

means "immortal" or "fairy", not "boxe" (English "boxing", the sport).

or means "cannabis", not the character shown.

means "charm" or "attraction", not "demon".

means "puppet", not "destruction".

means "soldier", not "divorce".

means "evening" or "dusk", not "enfant" (English "child").

means "offspring", not "esprit" (English "spirit").

is written incorrectly and it means "evil spirit". Not to be confused with , which means "worship" or "idolize".

means "emperor", not "football".

means "soul" or "spirit", not "grand pere" (English "grand father").

means "toad" or "clam", not "grenouille" (English "frog").

means "private", not "illegal".

is incorrectly written and it means "jealousy".

means "prick", not "meurtre" (English "murder").

means "ancestory", not "militaire" (English "military").

is incorrectly written and it means "death".

means "buddha", not "paradis" (English "paradise").

The ironic part is the French government is so concerned about their language, it actually dedicates an entire branch an academy on maintaining the purity of French language.


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Saturday, October 8, 2005

"Body Cavity"



One young lady's boyfriend emails me this photo and asking what the character really meant. Apparently the young lady was told by the tattooist that the character is Chinese for "magic".

It would be "Magic", if you want to make cocaine filled balloons disappear by stuff them into your body cavity before the DEA agents arrest you at the border.

The character has multiple meanings, and one of them is "body cavity".


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Cannabis Love


http://www.tattooflashs.de/_private/chin_kal/thumbs/gallery_china2.htm

The next time you decide to toke up some dope and get a tattoo in Germany or Europe in general, make sure your tattooist did not purchase his flash from one of these vendors shown above.

is upside down and the correct character for cannabis is or , not the one shown on their website.


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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Excrement


http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/A51003/high/bmegl144166.jpg

Granted the character was done correctly, but the question still remains:

What is the purpose of having (excrement; feces) tattooed on one’s leg?

Update: Many readers have commented about this tattoo being fake. That is NOT true. The actual work was done by Danny Fowler of Ancient Art Tattoo in Roanoke, VA.


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"Forever Family Reputation"


The entire phrase was tattooed upside down, plus the character is missing a dot.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

"Mountain Bike"


http://www.oma-sk.tripod.com/Tattoo_-_vaden.jpg

means "bicycle" and 過山單車 means "mountain bike". Perhaps both the client and tattooist had too many concussions resulted from mountain biking accidents.


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Sunday, October 2, 2005

Firefly's "Electricity Caution" Sign


http://barneygumble742.tripod.com/firefly_xp.htm

Reader Norman emailed me this screen capture. The second character (electricity) of this caution sign in the show Firefly is mirrored. It is also interesting to point out that in the future, spaceships will run on Microsoft Windows and don't lose those device driver disks.

Update: I saw the movie Serenity last night. Although there were some Chinese inconsistencies throughout the movie, overall it was very good. I have to say it was definitely one of the few good Sci-Fi movies that I have enjoyed in long time.