It’s pretty risky to get tattoos in a language you don’t understand. You may not know what you are putting on your body. And once you make such a mistake, what’re you gonna do?!
Let’s look at some Chinese tattoo fails, and some successes, and see how to make sense of the trend as a whole. That way, if you walk through Chinatown with your new tattoo, you’ll know why you’re getting laughed at for the absurdities written up your calf, or why you’re getting praised for the profound poetry which decorates your forearm.
It’s worth it to get familiar with a Chinese dictionary. Study what Chinese characters mean. Study different ways Chinese characters are written. Open up a world of possibilities. And truly learn about this beautiful language.