Thursday, February 2, 2006

Small Harvest

“Jeff” emailed me asking about this tattoo he got when he was younger. At first he thought it meant “Strength”, he was into Karate at the time. Several recent events have led to him to believe that his tattoo does not mean “strength”.

Both characters are correct.

The character on the left means “small”, “tiny” or “insignificant”, and the other means “livestock” or “domestic animals”.

Although in the classic Chinese literature 易經 (I Ching), there is a mentioning about 小畜:

Hexagram 9 is named 小畜 , "Small Accumulating". Other variations include "the taming power of the small" and "small harvest".

Just what exactly the “small harvest” is about, only “Jeff” would know.


  1. If this had been another question from a military recruiter, I'd think that maybe "Jeff" was lying about thinking it means "strength." This hexagram is mentioned in the Tom Baker-era Doctor Who episode Warriors' Gate.

  2. I think it should be translated as "little domestic animal" since the character for harvest is 蓄.

  3. I think it's amazing how many people with horrible skin rashes/acne have pictures of their nasty, pustule-covered skin taken just so they can show off really crappy tattoos. Ugh.

  4. Blimey, the guy only has a few freckles...!

  5. just seen your site and seen i have a small harvest to. what can i do to fix it are do i have to put something biger over it?