Famous People With Chinese Tattoos And Meanings

Chinese Tattoos And Meanings – Celebrity Edition

Justin Bieber Chinese Tattoos

Justin Bieber Chinese Tattoo

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.

Justin Bieber Chinese Tattoo
Niki Minaj Chinese Tattoo

Justin Timberlake Chinese Tattoo

David Beckham Chinese Tattoo

Britney Spears Chinese Tattoo
Chris Evans Chinese Tattoo
Angelina Jolie Chinese Tattoo
Mike Tyson Chinese Tattoo
Megan Fox Chinese Tattoo
Julia Roberts Chinese Tattoo

1. Justin Bieber Chinese Tattoo 曲 (qǔ) Music

104 M (Instagram)

Justin Bieber Chinese Tattoo

Justin Bieber Chinese Tattoo

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)

Nicki Minaj Chinese Tattoo

Nicki Minaj Chinese Tattoo

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!

Looking for tattoo inspiration? We’ve put together to the ultimate list of Chinese tattoo ideas.

Chinese back tattoo
Chinese arm tattoo
Chinese neck tattoo
Chinese wrist tattoo
Chinese leg tattoos
Chinese rib tattoos
Chinese ankle tattoos
Chinese shoulder tattoo
Chinese chest tattoo
Chinese foot tattoos

Chinese tattoo ideas

3. Justin Timberlake Chinese Tattoo 曲 (qǔ) Music

53.8 M (Instagram)

Justin Timberlake Chinese Tattoo

Justin Timberlake Chinese Tattoo

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)

David Beckham Chinese Tattoo

David Beckham Chinese Tattoo

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)

Britney Spears Chinese Tattoo

Britney Spears Chinese Tattoo

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)

Chris Evans Chinese Tattoo

Chris Evans Chinese Tattoo

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)

Angelina Jolie Chinese Tattoo

Angelina Jolie Chinese Tattoo

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.

DID YOU KNOW – The number 4 in Chinese is unlucky because the pinyin for the number 4 is the same as death in Chinese.

So avoid getting the number 4 tattooed in Chinese!

8. Mike Tyson Chinese Tattoo – Chairman Mao’s Portrait And Name

7.4 M (Instagram)

Mike Tyson Chinese Tattoo

Mike Tyson Chinese Tattoo

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)

Megan Fox Chinese Tattoos

Megan Fox Chinese Tattoo

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)

Julia Roberts Chinese Tattoo

Julia Roberts Chinese Tattoo

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.

Chinese Tattoo Ideas

We’ve all heard the story. Guy showing off his tattoo saying this is a ‘love in Chinese tattoo’ only to have a Chinese person tell them it actually means fried rice. Just ask Chris Evans (above), I’m sure he would have a word of caution on getting the correct Chinese tattoo translation.

Let’s make sure you’re getting the correct charachters with this list of Chinese tattoo ideas.

Love in Chinese tattoo
Peace in Chinese tattoo
Happiness in Chinese tattoo
Life in Chinese tattoo
Loyalty in Chinese tattoo
Family in Chinese tattoo
Joy in Chinese tattoo
Wisdom Chinese tattoo
Courage in Chinese tattoo
Friendship in Chinese tattoo
Fate in Chinese tattoo

Faith in Chinese tattoo
Hope in Chinese tattoo
Patience in Chinese tattoo
Strenght in Chinese tattoo
Beauty in Chinese tattoo
Grace in Chinese tattoo
Beautiful in Chinese tattoo
Brother in Chinese tattoo
Mom in Chinese tattoo
Sister in Chinese tattoo
Dad in Chinese tattoo

Chinese back tattoo

Love in Chinese tattoo

Love in Chinese tattoo

Love in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 爱
Traditional Chinese – 愛

Pinyin: ài

Peace in Chinese tattoo

Peace in Chinese tattoo

Peace in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 和平
Traditional Chinese – 和平

Pinyin: hé píng

Chinese arm tattoo

Happiness in Chinese tattoo

Happiness in Chinese tattoo

Happiness in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 幸福
Traditional Chinese – 幸福

Pinyin: xìng fú

Life in Chinese tattoo

Life in Chinese tattoo

Life in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 生活
Traditional Chinese – 生活

Pinyin: shēng huó

Chinese neck tattoo

Loyalty in Chinese tattoo

Loyalty in Chinese tattoo

Loyalty in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 忠诚
Traditional Chinese – 忠誠

Pinyin: zhōng chéng

Family in Chinese tattoo

Family in Chinese tattoo

Family in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 家庭
Traditional Chinese – 家庭

Pinyin: jiā tíng

Chinese wrist tattoo

joy in Chinese tattoo

joy in Chinese tattoo

Joy in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 喜悦
Traditional Chinese – 喜悅

Pinyin: xǐ yuè

Wisdom in Chinese tattoo

Wisdom in Chinese tattoo

Wisdom in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 智慧
Traditional Chinese – 智慧

Pinyin: zhì huì

Chinese leg tattoos

Courage in Chinese tattoo

Courage in Chinese tattoo

Courage in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 勇气
Traditional Chinese – 勇氣

Pinyin: yǒng qì

Friendship in Chinese tattoo

Friendship in Chinese tattoo

Friendship in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 友谊
Traditional Chinese – 友誼

Pinyin: yǒu yì

Chinese rib tattoos

Fate in Chinese tattoo

Fate in Chinese tattoo

Fate in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 命运
Traditional Chinese – 命運

Pinyin: mìng yùn

Faith in Chinese tattoo

Faith in Chinese tattoo

Faith in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 信仰
Traditional Chinese – 信仰

Pinyin: xìn yǎng

Chinese ankle tattoos

Hope in Chinese tattoo

Hope in Chinese tattoo

Hope in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 希望
Traditional Chinese – 希望

Pinyin: xī wàng

Patience in Chinese tattoo

Patience in Chinese tattoo

Patience in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 耐心
Traditional Chinese – 耐心

Pinyin: nài xīn

Chinese shoulder tattoo

Strength in Chinese tattoo

Strength in Chinese tattoo

Strength in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 力量
Traditional Chinese – 力量

Pinyin: quán lì

Beauty in Chinese tattoo

Beauty in Chinese tattoo

Beauty in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 美
Traditional Chinese – 美

Pinyin: měi

Chinese chest tattoo

Grace in Chinese tattoo

Grace in Chinese tattoo

Grace in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 优雅
Traditional Chinese – 優雅

Pinyin: yōu yǎ

Beautiful in Chinese tattoo

Beautiful in Chinese tattoo

Beautiful in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 美的
Traditional Chinese – 美的

Pinyin: měi lì

Chinese foot tattoos

Brother in Chinese tattoo

Brother in Chinese tattoo

Brother in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 哥哥
Traditional Chinese – 哥哥

Pinyin: gē ge

Mom in Chinese tattoo

Mom in Chinese tattoo

Mom in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 妈妈
Traditional Chinese – 媽媽

Pinyin: mā mā

Sister in Chinese tattoo

Sister in Chinese tattoo

Sister in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 妹妹
Traditional Chinese – 妹妹

Pinyin: mèi mèi

Dad in Chinese tattoo

Dad in Chinese tattoo

Dad in Chinese tattoo

Simplified Chinese – 爸爸
Traditional Chinese – 爸爸

Pinyin: bà ba

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