ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Fashion and Beauty»
  • Body Art, Tattoos & Piercing»
  • Tattoos

Chinese Tattoo Meanings: Short Phrases, Sayings, Awesome Words

Updated on June 29, 2011

More people choose Chinese or Asian tattoos as body decoration. What appeal to them the most are the awesome tattoo meanings. Short phrases, sayings and words are really memorable. Although free Chinese translation is handy and easy to use, they create many problems. To get the most meaningful tattoos, hire a Chinese translation expert or professional translator.

Great Tattoo Meaning - Short Chinese Sayings

Short quote tattoo in 4 chinese characters
Short quote tattoo in 4 chinese characters

Awesome Tattoo Meanings - Short Phrases, Sayings

Today, the biggest ink trend is phrases tattoo. People are infatuated with meaningful sayings, proverbs, Buddhist quotes, religious phrases and cultural expressions. Chinese experts have great tattoo ideas. They can help you select a memorable saying that speaks your mind; an expression of eternal truth.......and many more. Express yourself with awesome ancient phrases. Choose a tattoo meaning that is sexy, cool, mysterious, inspirational, enchanting, philosophical, or motivating. You have unlimited choices. Remember! hire someone who is a Chinese translation expert.

Chinese Tattoo Phrases

  1. Destiny Phrase - The world is my home
  2. Memory Phrase - Sweet memories are like raindrops
  3. Love Phrase - Love at first sight
  4. Beauty Phrase - Beauty comes from with
  5. Perseverance Phrase - Fearless after repeated setbacks
  6. Wisdom Phrase - Fewer words are best

Chinese Tattoo - Right Saying, Right Translation, Right Meaning

Chinese is an elusive language in that you need to follow its rules to render the right meanings. Otherwise, your tattoo meanings or phrases would fall apart. Some words like ‘life’, ‘passion’, ‘freedom’ must be translated to two Chinese symbols. People find this confusing. To them, one word for one symbol, isn’t that right? They ask me if they should choose one of the two symbols. My answer is No. You need to use both Chinese symbols to convey the right meaning. Your online translation or other free language programs do not guarantee accuracy of your tattoo phrases. They ignore context and relevancy. Even worse, they can ruin your otherwise awesome word or thoughtful phrases.

Chinese Tattoo Meanings, Short Phrases

Tattoo word meaning: prosperity, luck
Tattoo word meaning: prosperity, luck
Tattoo word meanings: serenity, nature
Tattoo word meanings: serenity, nature

Funny Chinese Tattoo Meanings - Free Translation

Free Chinese translation is a popular tool that people use to get tattoo meanings. With online translation, they can find Chinese words and meaningful phrases for their tattoos. Many people love zodiac symbols and animal designs. Suppose you find the word for your zodiac sign ‘chicken’. You are excited and ready to ink. However, the word ‘chicken’ alone has little meaning. Worse than that, this Chinese symbol relates primarily to food (i.e, chicken soup, chicken stock, or KFC fried chicken). To a Chinese literate person, this zodiac tattoo is more funny than meaningful. You will not impress anyone. Unfortunately, your free translation does not tell you this. This is precisely the problems with automatic word generator and dictionary. An expert or professional translator would add the word like "cute" or "adorable" to the animal symbols. This is crucial because it gives a proper context and meaning to your zodiac tattoo.

Chinese Tattoo Words - Awesome Meaning

Word meaning: life & passion
Word meaning: life & passion

Best Tattoo Meaning - Professional Translation

Chinese tattoos gone wrong is the consequences of free translation. Automatic word generator, Chinese font or internet downloads can be problematic. To get great meanings and custom phrases tattoo, seek help from a Chinese expert. Get professional translation.

Chinese Tattoos Meanings, Phrases, Word Video


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Christian 6 years ago

      Hi i would like to know how to write the name Briana in chinese can some one pls help thank you

    • profile image

      angel aditi 6 years ago

      Hi.. :) I am planning on getting a tattoo in chinese.. I want it to mean "family first".. Could u please help me out? Is this right? family first - ???? (Ji?tíng dì y?)

    • profile image

      Victoria 6 years ago

      Hello, I really love the first back tattoo, but have no clue what it means.

    • profile image

      Imperio 6 years ago

      P.S.: The second symbol is "gong" whith a macron(a straight line over the letter) "o" .

    • profile image

      Imperio 6 years ago

      Hi Connie,

      Can you please help me? My boyfriend has a tattoo with 2 chinese symbols. I asked what the symbols mean and he answered that they are the first letter of his name and surname. I searched in google and I discovered that the symbols are: "wén" and "g?ng". I also learned the meanings of both symbols, but I can not understand what these symbols mean together. I wander why he lied to me.

      Thank you very much.

    • profile image

      Ellie 6 years ago

      Hello :) I have seen a tattoo that looks like this: ? ?

      I know what these symbols are called and what they mean, but I do not know what might be the meaning of this tattoo. Can you please help me? Thank you :)

    • Connie Ho profile image

      Connie Ho 7 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      Thanks Descartes you are right

    • Descartes profile image

      Descartes 7 years ago from grand prairie

      My worry would always be that I wouldn't for sure what the Chinese Tattoo really means, so it is nice to have a few links here to help out.

    • Connie Ho profile image

      Connie Ho 7 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      James, the meaning is family first. For people who cherish their family, this seems very popular. It was created by You can check it with their designer.

    • profile image

      James 7 years ago

      Hello Connie.

      May i ask what the first picture on this hub says?

      also would you know a chinese tatto that me and my sister could get together preferbly a family phrase or quotation thank-you so much :) x James

    • Connie Ho profile image

      Connie Ho 7 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      Hi Neyya, sorry know nothing about it.

    • profile image

      nelya 7 years ago

      can you help me to find out the meaning of the hieroglyphs

    • Connie Ho profile image

      Connie Ho 7 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      This a name translation. Online translator gives you translation based on the sound/pronunciation. It does not care the meaning since they are automatic. You should consider translation based on sound + meanings. For example Timber can mean strength/perseverance like wood. Wolf means proactive/progressive. Your online help won't give you that perfect meaning. Only the human translator will. Best translation is by a person, check They have a good guide, cheers.

    • profile image

      Christina 7 years ago

      I was wondering if someone could help me with the translation of Timber Wolf to traditional Chinese. Every on line translator I've tried has given me ??? I want to be sure that this is correct. Any and all help would be appreciated. Thank you. =)

    • Connie Ho profile image

      Connie Ho 7 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      Hi, it means something in abundance, prosperity, like that. It is a phrase for good luck. It is written in Chinese seal script calligraphy style. Nice pic, cheers.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      i don't know the meaning of image( anybody help


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)