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Tattoos are a deeply personal thing for most people, and many put a lot of time into coming up with the perfect design before getting inked. Some people put a bit less thought into things, or get their information from less-than-trustworthy sources, and that can end in an embarrassing disaster.


This is especially true of tattoos that include languages the tattoo-ee doesn't know.

Reddit user u/thejoker0305 asked:

"Chinese speakers/readers of Reddit, what's the dumbest sh*t you've seen tattooed on someone?"

Some of the responses are only a bit cringey, while others are simply absurd.

10.

I knew someone that got the Chinese characters that were supposed to mean "sky".

A Chinese friend of theirs pointed out it meant "ceiling".

-Lady_butt_hole

Looks like the ceiling's the limit.

-jecal41

9.

A friend of mine wanted an Arabic tattoo that said "Dad", but according to an Arabic-speaking mutual friend, it says "God".

-PrettyInteraction62

Skydaddy

-Spladder

8.

鸡蛋 meaning egg tattooed on the side of his face - didn't help that the man was bald and it took all my willpower to not laugh in his face

-i-nct

Man that guy really had egg on his face

Bet if he ever finds out he's gonna scramble to get it fixed

I applaud you for not cracking up immediately

-Klown1327

7.

A local tattoo shop offered to tattoo 腹泻 on anyone who wanted it, free of charge. It means diarrhea. I've seen it on a few people locally.

-RoryRabideau

People will do dumb things for a free tattoo.

-brandnamenerd

Things as dumb as getting a free tattoo.

-adrianmakedonski

6.

Not Chinese but my professor asked a girl why she has "love, friends, and cheese sandwich" tattooed in Arabic. She thought the last one was something like "smiles."

-suitology

Could be worse! Cheese sandwiches pretty dang good.

-MoopyMorkfeet

Unless you are at fyre.

-Codyh93

5.

I know a girl who had "壊疽" ("gangrene") tattooed on her side and it quickly became her nickname ([sic] name-call). Even her family began calling her that. She was a very mean person, simply put, and I can only guess the tattoo artist was getting back at her. This was about five years ago and nobody hears much from her nowadays.

-cdngoneguy

4.

A person from work had a fairly small Japanese tattoo that was supposed to read "Big Brains". (He'd just got his degree or something, so this was a celebration of that)

A Japanese co-workers started laughing and said it was more like "Big Head".

-MisterMarcus

3.

Not Chinese but a friend of mine has coconut chicken noodles tattooed down her spine in Burmese.

She is Burmese.

It's hilarious.

-mickatron969

2.

I was in the "motorhead" region of the Metro and saw a dude with Tramp stamp "White Rice". Straight, white and bald biker motorist looking dude.

-The_Mediocre_Gatsby_

who said that was an accident

-chasethatdragon

1.

Pornstar Riley Reid has a direct word-for-word translation of "When life gives you lemon, make lemonade" tattooed on her back. It makes zero sense in chinese.

-greenpearlin

生活帶來您時檸檬做檸檬水

The Chinese is pretty grammatically awkward. It's pretty obvious she got it off Google Translate.

-Gemmabeta

Directly translated.

Life brings you time lemon; Make lemon water.

-Shaomoki

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