Ever made fun of someone with a non-sensical Chinese tattoo? The Chinese have been doing the same with English words!
People in the U.S. have been getting tattoos of Chinese characters for years. They make us feel mysterious and the symbols seem exotic to us. Sometimes, they don’t even make sense. Well, it has become trendy to do the same thing in China.
Lately, many Chinese have been getting tattoos of American words or phrases. They are exotic and unique looking to them. Some are just getting tattoos of their favorite star’s name like “Jolie” or “Pitt.” Tattoos have been a long tradition in Chinese culture.
However, the Communist government ruling in China today strongly frowns upon the practice. It has only been in the past five to ten years that tattoo parlors have been springing up all over China.
They import their ink and needles from Europe and often locate themselves in residential areas. A tattoo costs on average a factory worker’s monthly salary! Many college aged people are getting tattoos in China, but doctors, professors, and bankers are jumping on board, too.