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Noni Gilbert
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May 14, 2010

Not that I ever would, but this site points to a few potential tales of woe....

http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/

Look out for the masterful explanation about "strong willed woman"!


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xxxOlaf
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This happens with other exotic languages too May 14, 2010

Some time ago I saw the following picture of an Arabic tattoo gone horribly wrong:



The young woman probably wanted a tattoo with the following words:

صفاء
شجاعة
مقاومة

(Serenity/Clarity, Courage, Resistance)

While her tattoo might look Arabic to someone who doesn't know Arabic, it doesn't make sense at all, because all the characters are in the wrong position and not correctly connected and I guess that even Arabs would need a minute to figure out this puzzle.


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Susanna Garcia  Identity Verified
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tattoos May 14, 2010

That's why I just went for the pictorial kind, and in a place known only to very close friends.



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Steve Booth  Identity Verified
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well May 14, 2010

I have a few in Arabic but they are all spelt right, though when i look in the mirror at the one on my back I keep thinking it is wrong.

Seen some horrendous ones with spelling mistakes in English never mind when people try to get them done in another language.

You really need to trust your translator when you are getting a tattoo done


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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You're right! May 14, 2010

Olaf wrote:
I guess that even Arabs would need a minute to figure out this puzzle.


I couldn't figure it out at all, but I'm sure you're right!


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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See misspelled tattoos here May 15, 2010

http://www.typobuddy.com/blog/index.php/2008/08/12/great-misspelled-tattoos-listings-spelling-mistakes-for-life/

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conejo  Identity Verified
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Haha Sep 10, 2010

aceavila - Noni wrote:

Not that I ever would, but this site points to a few potential tales of woe....

http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/

Look out for the masterful explanation about "strong willed woman"!


Yes... absolutely. I tell my friends, if you want a tattoo with Japanese/Chinese characters, you run it through me before you put that on your body... lol.

I've seen all kinds of things. Including, the character "love" inverted on a car. (like a mirror image)

There is also the problem of the writing looking like chicken scratch, which I have seen as well. (That seems to also be the case on the Arabic tattoo as well.)

[Edited at 2010-09-10 02:38 GMT]


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conejo  Identity Verified
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Hehe Sep 10, 2010



This is great.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Misspelled or not... Sep 10, 2010

...if one day one of my sons comes home with a tattoo I will take him to the plastic surgeon immediately to have it removed. I feel it is a complete lack of respect for your body. No hard feelings guys, just my opinion!

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NancyLynn
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Serenity, Courage, Wisdom Sep 10, 2010

Olaf wrote:

The young woman probably wanted a tattoo with the following words:

صفاء
شجاعة
مقاومة

(Serenity/Clarity, Courage, Resistance)


She likely wanted the main points of the Serenity Prayer. I hope so for her, as she now needs the "serenity to accept the things she cannot change." Poor thing. I encourage my daughters to use the stick-on kind; they last a week or so, and when they tire of it - presto! it's gone. No lifelong commitments!


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George Hopkins
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Weird Sep 12, 2010

In the sense: strange or bizarre

Tattoos and piercings are weird; simply reflecting weirdness of the weirdo tattooed and/or pierced.


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