Many types of calligraphies were developed by the Chinese throughout 3,000 years of history. Two of the most common scripts used for tattoo in Chinese are the Clerical script (LiShu, 隸書) and Standard script (KaiTi, 楷體). Calligraphy simply refers to different type of writings. It is not only a way to write Chinese characters, but it also represents the unique oriental art. You can create Chinese writing tattoos in any scripts as long as you appreciate the beauty of the work of art.
Today, there are two common ways to write Chinese characters, the Simplified and Traditional writings. Both versions are widely used in day-to-day life. I personally find that the Traditional writing is more attractive for inking. To help you understand the different between the two versions, here is an example.
The calligraphy symbol has becoming very popular these days. It is not unusual for people to get characters or symbols being inked with missing strokes, backward, or defaced. A wrong translation can also happen frequently. Here are some tips to help you before getting the writing tattoos.
1. For any Chinese tattoo symbols you wish to ink, check out the difference between the Traditional and Simplified characters. Select the one that is most comfortable and striking to you. Some characters may appear to be exactly the same for both the versions.
2. Always check with someone whose mother tongue is Mandarin before getting a tattoo in Chinese. It is always recommended to use a professional translation service, either online or offline, to ensure the accuracy and to prevent any permanent embarrassment with your symbol.
3. You should know that Kanji and Chinese tattoo symbols are two separate things. Sometimes they share the same character, but the meaning can be totally different.
Here are some popular calligraphy symbols. You can also consider wearing the zodiac letter you belong to according to the animal calendar.
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