from: Alan Siegrist
date: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM
subject: Woman tree
Hi Tian, Hope you are still enjoying Austria.
Have you seen this tattoo?
The character is actually the Japanese katakana ホ (ho) not 木 (ki, tree). The mistaken use of ‘ho’ is quite unfortunate considering the woman as both subject and canvas. And yes, the hip-hop slang meaning of ‘ho’ (whore) is known in Japan and written with the same character.