You’d think by now people would know not to get a tattoo in a language one does not speak.
Then again, I suppose if you trust an artist to draw on you permanently, you’d trust them to know what they’re drawing. But luckily for our entertainment’s sake, the saga of the mistranslated Chinese or Japanese character tattoo lives on.
We’ve collected some of our favorites debunked tattoo translations, along with some from Hanzis Matter, that’ll both make you laugh your ass off and also make you feel better about deciding against that “live, laugh, love but in Chinese” tramp stamp when you were 16.
1. Well that’s just unfortunate…
2. Maybe he’s got a fat grandson…
3. Never use a hungry tattoo artist…
I don’t have the heart to tell the woman next to me on my flight that her tattoo in Chinese and Japanese says “miso”
Unless she just really likes miso soup 🍲 pic.twitter.com/HaHO6ABKLk
— Alton Wang (@altonwang) February 16, 2018
4. But like courageous breastmilk, right?
5. “A queef perhaps”, indeed.
6. Same same
“马马”， which means “horse horse”. 100% sure that guy wanted a “mama”, but “妈”[mā］means “mom”, while “马”[mă] means “horse”, they sound similar, but with different tones. ” -[Username Deleted]
7. Maybe she’s into grilling…
8. That’s one fierce-ass chicken
“When I was in the Army, one of the guys I was in with had this tattoo that he was super proud of. He claimed it meant fierce. We went with it. A few months later, we’re sent, as a group, to San Francisco as part of a recruiting, PR trip. We go into Chinatown and a get dinner together. The guy with the tat always made sure that tat was visible. We’re sitting at the table and the waitress takes our order, as she does she looks at dude and asks if he raises chickens?
Dude: “What are taking about?”
Waitress: “You have chicken on your arm.”
Dude: “No, it says fierce”
Waitress in calls to another and says, “What that say?” “tell him.”
Second Waitress: “Chicken”
You could just see dude die inside. Especially when a third person who’s English wasn’t as good says “It say cock”. –gunbunnycb
9. Shout out to this Mexican tattoo artist
10. Some people like their tattoos literal
“Someone close to me got a Chinese symbol tattooed on them years ago. One day, I was talking to a colleague/friend and I asked what the tattoo said. Instead of saying Courage (or something like that), it said “human”. Apparently it was missing one line or something that would of made it the correct word.
I never told him that his tattoo says Human.” –0rangePolarBear