Although Mandarin and Cantonese are the two most popular dialects of China, Mandarin being the standard and official language, the art of writing is uses the same characters. Hanzi, the name of the Chinese characters, are almost three to four thousand in number. There are two types of writing styles for Hanzi characters, the traditional and simplified. The traditional way comprises of intricately brushed, elaborate strokes, and the simplified version uses a minimum number of simple strokes.
Preferred Phrases for Chinese Symbol Tattoos
Most popular Chinese symbol tattoos that you will find are those symbolizing love, family, strength, fire, anger, luck, peace, dragon, Buddha, faith and zodiac signs. What is special about these Chinese symbol tattoo designs is that they have single or at the most three characters to represent a concept which makes them all the more interesting and unusual. Chinese phrases tattoos have more than four characters. Most of the popular Chinese phrases and idioms are based on Karma. Some common ones are: ‘happiness and sorrow are neighbors’; ‘the best defense is an offence’; ‘turn defeat into victory’; ‘every moment is precious’; ‘husband sings a song’; ‘ wife sings along and ‘calm follows a storm.’ The phrases depict the values that were considered important in traditional Chinese society. The teachings of lord Buddha are also one of the most preferred phrases that find favor with tattoo lovers.
Celebrity and chinese Symbol Tattoos
A trend in tattoo designs becomes a rage in real sense only when celebs are seen flashing it in style. Chinese symbol tattoos have found a more than ordinary number of celebs endorsing this exotic design. Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, Johnny Depp, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and the list seems endless. All these celebs have got themselves inked in Chinese tattoo symbols, be it phrases or simply symbols to express emotions. So, it’s time for you to soak your soul in this oriental form of art and get yourself inked in Chinese symbol tattoos.