Saturday, March 11, 2006

Marquis Antoine Daniels

Jimmy Tsai of Venom Sportswear emailed me about Dallas Mavericks’ player Marquis Daniels in the latest issue of DIME magazine.

DIME Marquis Daniels Tattoos
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According to Daniels, the three “Chinese symbols” on his arm are his initials “MAD, Marquis Antoine Daniels” in Chinese.



Although the first two characters and are recognizable, the last character is only a partial that represents “roof”. Even if the characters were phonetically transliterated, they are still way off from “MAD”.

What does his tattoo really mean?

“Healthy Woman Roof”

Related: "NBA Body Art - Tale of My Chinese Tattoo" in Sports Illustrated.


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13 comments:

  1. you'd have to be mad to get such a tattoo... so yeah, res ipsa loquitur, it does mean "mad"

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  2. My guess is that somebody accidentally broke up 安 (peace).

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  3. The first word, Kang, could be someone's last name or could represent a town. "Ms. Kang's house" or "The house of the woman, who is from Kang City" came to my thoughts. The place could be medicine clinic, tea house, or bakery store or any thing. But I am not sure how it related to "MAD".

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  4. If it was 安 then at least you could understand where the hell he got the 'a'. But ... even I checked the Cantonese pronunciation and it's hong1. There is no way you could possibly get an m or a d out of any of it and the a is only by correcting a huge mistake. I hope he enjoys his permanent error.

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  5. The second one looks like a 文 instead of a 女

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  6. Compare this "mad" with the Finnish racist's tattoo. In both, the second character is the same - so there MUST be an "asian font" around, where "A" is equivalent to a badly written hanzi/kanji for "woman"..

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  7. Could this be another example of Asian font gibberish?

    The "A" seems to match the one on the Finnish racist's (though it looked a little more like 文 in that example). It's hard to see how the "M" is the same, though.

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  8. Scratch that about matching the "M". There was no example of an "M" to match against. (I'm obviously hopeless doing the Jumble.)

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  9. i get incredibly brassed off when people like him think they can translate English into Chinese characters.

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  10. Initials? Kanji?

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  11. Interesting.
    So '女' equates to 'A'? I once met a guy who proudly showed me his tattoo of 'the letter A in Chinese', which turned out to be '女'. Someone somewhere has an alphabet all figured out. But who? Why? And *how*? No doubt, another 'Asian Font'.

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  12. Upon further consideration, I think it's supposed to be 安康 (good health), but the tattoo artist broke the first character up into two partials and then inked the three pieces from bottom to top. The "MAD" thing is just a cover story for the botched tattoo.

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  13. @Raymond: Getting 安康 as a tattoo is dangerous already, for entirely different reasons.... The first year I was studying Chinese I got a necklace with that on it because I liked it. Only several years later, when I was learning about 劳教 and other aspects of the PRC prisons, did I learn that 安康 is also the name for prison/asylum facilities that make up one element of the PRC detention system. Probably not something you'd want inked on your body!

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