There is, objectively, nothing more beautiful than a tattoo in elegant foreign script. These tattoos of Chinese characters always stand for some sort of relaxing platitude that reminds the person who's gotten them inked upon their body needs to remember — we're talking words like "peace" or "serenity" or "beauty" or "[sound of water]."
At least, that's what the people who get these tattoos think they stand for. Usually, these folks are heading to whatever tattoo shop is closest to their favorite Baja Fresh and waving their hand, going "give me, like, 'joy' in Chinese" and the tattoo guy grunts and does his best approximation.
As you can imagine, that leads to some mistranslations that are hilarious to anyone who actually speaks Chinese. And now, some of those Chinese-speakers are taking to the internet to describe some of the funniest tattoo mist-translations they've ever seen.
Here's the secret — if you don't speak Chinese, don't get a Chinese tattoo. Or, at the very least, don't take a trip to China and expect to not make everyone laugh.
It's not wrong.My buddy has "illiterate foreigner" in traditional Chinese characters. It's dope. - paostmo
Aww, look at the widdle chicken."Tiny chicken." My friend got that thinking it said his name. - KoGTRB
I came. I saw. I forgot to empty the dish drainer.My friend got a tattoo that said "veni vidi vici" in chinese... or so he thought. The tattoo actually said "three small dishes." - xopokxo
In a way, we're all katanas.Please don't use Google Translate to translate tattoos. I once saw “i once am a katana." - DerpysealzVI
Ugh, that goldfish man has got to go.I once saw this middle aged dude wearing "金魚佬" on his shoulder (the rough literary translation is "Goldfish Man"), which in Cantonese means a sleazy older man who creeps on younger girls/children. Wonder under what circumstances he got that inked... - Olokojamkong
You hate to see it.I saw somebody who probably doesnt understand Japanese flexing with his Japanese tattoo. It is translated to English, surprise surprise, "a giant failure." - GMBoxer
They come from royal stock.A friend of mine had a classmate in college with a kanji tattoo. She said it meant “High princess." Turns out it actually said “pig princess." - whereegosdare84
It's actually pretty wise to fear everyone.Got a tattoo in Google Translate Japanese thinking it says “fear no one" but it really means “I fear everyone." - Krusty_Krab_Pizza_
Imagine if your Patronus was a desk.机 on his fist. I haven't taken Chinese but in Japanese it means "desk." - feverishdodo
The mistake is better than the intended tattoo.I was scrolling through the web looking at some tattoos for fun, and a person said they got a tattoo that said "Strength and courage" in Japanese. It actually said "Little animal, big mistake." Great quote imo. - GoSuckAJellyfish
Imagine having your whole life blown up by a stranger who speaks Chinese.
via: RedditI have 'Monkey' on my wrist because that's my Chinese zodiac. I know it's accurate because a Chinese guy asked me if I knew what it meant, and I'm sure he thought I would say 'faith' or 'love' or something, so when I said 'monkey' he looked so relieved. His friend was like 'you have GOT to stop doing that!' - Cdnteacher92