Chinese Tattoos And Meanings – Celebrity Edition
Ever been walking home drunk at 2 in the morning and had that light bulb go off in your head thinking “I should get a tattoo”?
Yeah me neither but let’s say hypothetically you find yourself in this situation.
Well naturally, as you start flicking through the binder of tattoo ideas, you’re sure to come across some cool designs of Chinese tattoos.
You’ll have the classic Chinese dragon tattoo, the lotus tattoo, the Chinese symbol of love and maybe some other Chinese tattoo quotes.
Top Chinese Tattoos Tip: By this point, you’ve decided to get a Chinese tattoo. However, you’ve sobered up enough to start thinking you might want to be sure of any incorrect translations before you go ink to skin.
Well, fear not because your favourite celebs are here to lend a helping hand. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 celebrities ranked by social media following with Chinese tattoos and meaning.
1. Justin Bieber Chinese Tattoo 曲 (qǔ) Music
104 M (Instagram)
It’s hard to beat Justin Bieber in this list we’ve put together.
DID YOU KNOW – He has a whopping 104 million followers on Instagram.
The Canadian pop star has 曲(qǔ) meaning music in traditional Chinese characters.
2. Nicki Minaj Chinese Tattoo 上帝与你常在 (Shàngdì yǔ nǐ cháng zài) – May God Always Be With You
98.6 M (Instagram)
Rapper Nicki Minaj has 上帝与你常在 (Shàngdì yǔ nǐ cháng zài) ‘may god always be with you’.
For a version that translates better, we recommend 上帝与你同在 (Shàngdì yǔ nǐ tóng zài) ‘God is with you’.
DID YOU KNOW – Nicki’s nickname with Chinese characters is 麻辣鸡 málàjī. This translates exactly to Spicy Chicken! Really, it’s a thing in China!
3. Justin Timberlake Chinese Tattoo 曲 (qǔ) Music
53.8 M (Instagram)
Justin Timberlake and Bieber both have 曲(qǔ) meaning ‘music’ in traditional Chinese.
If you want ‘music’ tattooed in modern mandarin go with 音乐 (Yīnyuè).
TOP TIP – Looking for tattoos for men? This seems to be the one to go for (according to Bieber and JT anyway)!
4. David Beckham Chinese Tattoo 生死在命,富贵在天 (Shēngsǐ zài mìng), (Fùguì zài tiān) Death And Life Have Determined Appointments; Riches And Honours Depend Upon Heaven
53.8 M (Instagram)
Look no further than the man himself, football star and former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy player David Beckham.
Beckham has in traditional Chinese characters 生死在命 (Shēngsǐ zài mìng) ‘life and death in destiny’ 富贵在天 (Fùguì zài tiān) ‘Rich in the sky’.
It’s actually a proverb meaning…
‘Death and life have determined appointments; Riches and honours depend upon heaven’.
5. Britney Spears Chinese Tattoo 奇 (qí) Special/ Magic
21.7 M (Instagram)
TIP TIP – Looking for tattoos for women?
Singer Britney Spears has a cool Chinese tattoo of a flower and in it 奇 (qí) which as a stand-alone character has no meaning.
We think she might have been going for 特别 (Tèbié) ‘special’ or 魔法 (Mófǎ) ‘magic’.
6. Chris Evans Chinese Tattoo 氏 (shì) – Husbands Family Name
10.4 M (Twitter)
Captain America, I mean Chris Evans had what he believed to be ‘family’ tattooed on his right bicep.
Unfortunately, 氏 (shì) is the character used after a husband’s family name to address a married woman.
TOP TIP – If you want ‘family’ in the correct Chinese characters go with 家庭 (Jiātíng).
7. Angelina Jolie Chinese Tattoo 死 (sǐ) ‘Death’
9.6 M (Instagram)
Tomb Raider and actress Angelina Jolie has a bit of a dark Chinese character 死 (sǐ) meaning ‘death’.
You read that right! Death!
She also rocks the Chinese dragon tattoo on her left arm.
So avoid getting the number 4 tattooed in Chinese!
8. Mike Tyson Chinese Tattoo – Chairman Mao’s Portrait And Name
7.4 M (Instagram)
Any Mao fans out there?
Take a page out of Mike Tyson’s playbook.
Mike Tyson is obviously a big fan of Chairman Mao and decided to ink his portrait and name on his right arm.
Apparently, Mike is a collector of Mao’s writings. In 2006 he visited the remains of Mao Zedong to pay his respects. He told Beijing news:
“I felt really insignificant next to the remains of Chairman Mao” – Mike Tyson
9. Megan Fox Chinese Tattoo 力 (lì) Force
6.7 M (Instagram)
Transformers star Megan Fox inked herself with 力 (Lì) which means force in traditional Chinese.
This symbol is derived from ancient Chinese. The left section symbolises a farmer while the right section is his hoe. As farmers from that time would typically strike the ground with force to help cultivate their crops.
Can you see the farmer and his hoe in the symbol? 力
Another suggestion using modern Chinese characters could be 给力 (ɡěi lì) ‘awesome’.
10. Julia Roberts Chinese Tattoo 为 (wéi) – Stand For
4.9 M (Instagram)
American actress and producer Julia Roberts made famous for her role in Pretty Woman, has 为 (wéi) ‘stand for’ inked on her back.
Julia was once married to Kiefer Sutherland the star of the hit drama series 24. Both got Chinese tattoos together. Kiefer has the same symbol 力(Lì) as Megan Fox. Perhaps Julia threw him out after she found out he had matching tattoos with Megan?
CHECK OUT – These celebrities and their tattoos on our Instagram page.
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