Celebrities Chinese Tattoos|
Meaning and Pronunciation
Many celebrites have chosen to put chinese tattoos on their bodies. Ever wondered what they mean and how they are pronounced?
|Justin Bieber's Chinese Tattoo-|
Justin Bieber showed off the new Kanji tattoo on his right arm in July 2012. So what does Bieber's new chinese tattoo mean?
This character means tune/ song / music. It is pronounced Kook in Chinese Cantonese, Qu in Chinese Mandarin and kyoku in Japanese
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|David Beckham's Chinese Tattoo-|
It means life and death have determined appointments, riches and honor depend upon heaven. It is one of the most meaningful chinese tattoo I have seen on celebrities. The tattoo was done by one of the best tattoo artists in hong kong called Gabe. Another good translation in English is "Life and death are decided by fate, wealth and honor are from heaven." In fact, this is a well-known saying originating from the Analects, a brilliant book noting the remarks of Confucius.
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The characters from top to bottom are:
character 1= life . Prononced "xeng" in Mandarin, "sang" in Cantonese.
character 2=death. Prononced "si" in Mandarin, "sei" in Cantonese.
character 3=has . Prononced "you" in Mandarin, "yau" in Cantonese.
character 4=fate /determined appointments. Prononced "ming" in Mandarin, "ming" in Cantonese.
character 5=riches. Prononced "fu" in Mandarin, "fu" in Cantonese.
character 6=wealth and honor. Prononced "gui" in Mandarin, "gwai" in Cantonese.
character 7=from/depend upoon. Prononced "you" in Mandarin, "yau" in Cantonese.
character 8=heaven. Prononced "tian" in Mandarin, "tin" in Cantonese.
|Nick Carter's Chinese Tattoo-|
Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter uniquely combined Greek mythology and Chinese art. His Chinese tattoo is the Chinese tranlation for "Poseidon" - the god of the sea in Greek mythology.
From top to bottom:
character 1= sea. Pronounced "hai" in Mandarin, "hoi" in Cantonese
character 2=god. Pronounced "shen" in Mandarin, "sun" in Cantonese
|Marcus Camby's Chinese Tattoo-|
"I was one of the originators of the Chinese characters," said Camby, who broke into the NBA in 1996. " I want to be the best. And I've got a lot of love for my family." But why in Chinese? "I was into a lot of Chinese flicks," he explains, "a lot of kung fu movies."
From top to bottom:
character 1= strive to be the best/ encourage. Pronounced "mian" in Mandarin, "min" in Cantonese
character 2=clan. Pronounced "zu" in Mandarin, "juk" in Cantonese
|Cher's Chinese Tattoo-|
Even Marcus Camby is one of those celebrities who first displayed prominently kanji tattoos, Cher is definitely the pioneer. She had her Chinese tattoo done in 1983.
The character on her right arm is pronounced "li" in Mandarin, "lik" in Cantonese. She meant to have it mean "strength". It is the Chinese character which usually stands for for power. It is also the first character of a Chinese double character word for strength. It is best to use the double character if one wants to refer to strength. However, many people nowadays mistakenly use the first character only.
|Larry Hughes' Chinese Tattoo-|
The character means loyalty/loyal. Pronounced "zhong" in Mandarin, "jung" in Cantonese. Larry Hughes said "It's about loyalty to the game and loyalty to myself. "
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