The Trouble with Tattoos

May 25th, 2012 at 5:08 pm by Mark
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Several years ago, I posted a photo of a Japanese man that went viral — he was wearing a white t-shirt with a single word on it: “BITCH.” He loved the idea of English, and bought the shirt because it had English written on it, but didn’t understand what the word meant.

The same goes for Tattoos. So often, Americans will mark themselves with any number of Asian languages, claiming to know its origins and meanings. The trouble with Chinese, especially, is that the words carry an entirely different meaning when taken out of context.

I guess what I’m saying is … You can make a perfect ass of yourself with a tattoo in English, so why bother getting something offensive in a different language?


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