The Chinese have long been recognized for their design forms that characterize everything from furniture to house wares to decorative objects and art. Utilizing broad, bold strokes and fine details, the Chinese alphabet of logograms is often the preferred tattoo for people of all ethnicities. With over 6,000 such symbols comprising the oriental writing system, or sinography, there are nearly endless ways to combine them into eye-catching body art.
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Chinese writing is truly an art form. Each symbol represents an object, rather than a letter, like the English alphabet. Perhaps it is this artistic and poetic, or picto-phonetic, way of conveying meaning that appeals to so many people.
Celebrities, in particular, seem to be thoroughly fascinated with Chinese symbols as body art on various areas, but particularly the back and neck. Think Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, and Alyssa Milano as just a few of the more famous females sporting Chinese tattoos. Sometimes it is a name, other times a particular saying, that is depicted by the tattooed sinographs.
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Nearly as popular as logograms are the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Designated by year of birth, inking the one that corresponds to your birth date is quite fashionable. The choices are a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. They can be depicted by their logogram or drawn as the actual animal with Chinese styling and flourish.
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When choosing a Chinese tattoo, think of what is important to you, whether it be a saying, a name, or a Zodiac animal. Put in a highly visible location, these are great for starting a conversation.