Sunday, August 19, 2012

from: Boris
date: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM
subject: Funny tatoo

Hi Tian!

Just saw this photo of an acquaintance --

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the "Way of the Firebird" tatoo spelled the wrong way round? Just wanted to let you know so you may have a new addition for your Hanzismatter Website.

Kind regards,


Although the image is reflection taken from a mirror, 火鳥道 is indeed in wrong vertical orientation.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

from: Gabriel D. 
to: "" 
date: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM 
subject: suspicious looking tattoo 

Hello, Tian. 

I've been reading your HanziSmatter blog for a while now and I've always found it equally amusing and educational. A little while back one of my friends has gotten his ankle tattooed as you can see in the attached image. 

He said it is something related to the concept of "family", but that the tattoo artist himself didn't really make it clear what it meant. 

Could you perhaps help? 

Best regards, 



Typical "family" is 家庭.