Reader Allison sent me this photo of her fellow classmate’s tattoo.
The young lady has been bragging about it and claims her “Asian characters” tattoo means “rock on, girl!”
Well, it is complete gibberish.
Ironically, the three characters do to some extent resemble 死枯石, “decaying stone/rock”. (Perhaps a little jab at the Rolling Stones?)
Since the term “rock on” is American/English slang, there is no accurate translation for it in Chinese or Japanese.
If you know a good equivalent of “rock on” in Chinese or Japanese, please feel free to comment or email me.
Update: March 22, 2006 - Rene Mykel Miniatt, owner of "rock on, girl", has emailed me with her side of the story.
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