from: Dana H.
date: Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 5:51 AM
subject: Tattoo Question
A girl I know from high school recently got this tattoo on her arm. She says it means "beautiful", but a friend of mine says that isn't so, and that 美 is the Chinese character for beauty. The top part even looks like a series of triangle brackets, not like any Chinese character.
So what does this really mean?
災 means "calamity, disaster, catastrophe", and definitely not "beauty", which is 美.