From June 29th's postings in BMEzine's gallery, this young man from Lithuania got what supposed to say "Love Loyalty Truth" tattooed on him by a tattooist known as "Blackwo".
The middle character looked like a botched 竜 or 帝, which is nowhere near "loyalty".
This young man should have read the March of 2005 issue of FHM Lithuania edition.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Love Loyalty Truth
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Maybe the bottom two are 老実, "loyalty" in my J-E dictionary?ReplyDelete
The bottom character is 実, the Japanese simplification of 實. Based on that, I would assume the second one to be simplified 竜 rather than 帝. Are dragons loyal?ReplyDelete
The bottom one is the Japanese simplified 実 (實)ReplyDelete
I thought the third one is the simplified Chinese 實.ReplyDelete
kmok: no, 実 is japanese. 实 is simplified chinese. also, not that we can rely on their consistency, but the 愛 is the form used by traditional chinese and japanese, but not by simplified chinese (爱), so hopefully we can assume the middle one is a japanese form as well.ReplyDelete
not that this makes much more sense than 竜, but what about 意?
Could the bottom two be 忠実 (loyalty) in Japanese?
I was thinking 危 for the second character, which has nothing to do with loyalty (but hey, neither do the other suggestions).ReplyDelete
Oh yeh Andy you're right. Excuse my confusion.ReplyDelete
Great site. Obviously a great retort to those who love to rip on the Chinese for their Chinglish.ReplyDelete
Given that the victim thinks it says "Love Loyalty Truth", and that the first character corresponds to love and the third to truth, I doubt we're looking at compounds, but rather at three single characters.ReplyDelete
I can't for the life of me recognise that second character, but of the suggestions in red, 意 seems closest in meaning. Somehow. At least in Japanese.
Given that the victim thinks it says "Love Loyalty Truth", and that the first character corresponds to love and the third to truth, I doubt we're looking at compounds, but rather at three single characters.
If we assume that 愛忠実 are the three intended characters (which is by no means a given considering the mangled form of the second one), then "Love Loyalty Truth" might be a reasonable way to identify the three individual characters even though 忠実 together does itself mean loyalty.
Could the bottom two be 忠実 (loyalty) in Japanese?ReplyDelete
That's not outside the realm of possibility, but what are the odds he wrote the 心 in 愛 right, but not in 忠? 愛 is one of the more difficult places to write 心, especially for beginners.
That's not outside the realm of possibility, but what are the odds he wrote the 心 in 愛 right, but not in 忠? 愛 is one of the more difficult places to write 心, especially for beginners.ReplyDelete
I think most of these tattoo artists work from stencils. Presumably the stencils for the first and third characters were made from work by competent calligraphers but the train went seriously off the tracks for the second one.
Maybe the artist lost or damaged the original stencil and decided to ad lib it himself based on some low-quality source, and then used the wrong strokes and connected them up in peculiar and spectacularly strange ways. The character looks like a mish-mash of strokes borrowed haphazard from different characters.
I think it would be a rare Western tattoo artist indeed that actually studies Chinese calligraphy, so it might be a tad futile to try to criticize their calligraphy skills.
But I guess that is what we do here, right?
I just noticed that the top character is "love". I was able to decipher this through the fact that I saw the radical for "heart" in it, and due to the general shape of the character.ReplyDelete