Chinese symbols tattoos have been very popular in the Western world the last decade or so, and they still are today.
These symbol tattoos are only done by Westerners, you'll seldom see a Chinese with a character tattoo.
There was this article in the newspaper a couple of years ago about a teenager who paid $180 to have his arm tattooed with Chinese characters. If you are thinking about getting a Chinese writing tattoo, make sure you get your translation from a reliable source so the design really means what you think it does. Also, make sure that the tattoo artist you select is able to reproduce the translation correctly.
Hanzi is the name for the traditional Chinese characters used in the official written language of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Chinese communities out of China.
Besides traditional Chinese there is also Simplified Chinese, an attempt to increase literacy in China.

Melanie Brown (Mel B): Spice Girl with a Chinese character on her belly and a dragon tattoo on her back. Natalie Imbruglia: singer with a Chinese character tattoo on her left foot, meaning courage.
Julia Roberts: has a red heart inside a Chinese character, meaning strength of heart, but this tattoo has been removed. Once again: Chinese writing tattoos are a great choice for a tasteful tattoo, but make sure you do your research properly! Chinese characters are beautiful little pieces of art, exotic and mysterious, and very suitable for a tattoo design.
Find a tattoo artist who has had experience with Chinese character tattoos and can render the writing correctly.
In China it's trendy nowadays to get an English text tattoo, usually full of spelling mistakes.

He found out the truth when he noticed the effect his tattoo had on a woman serving at a Chinese restaurant, who reluctantly translated the tattoo for him.
If your word is not in the list below, click here for a Chinese translation (it's also possible to transliterate names into Chinese symbols). That being said, the art and writing of the traditional Chinese culture have graceful lines which lend themselves perfectly to the art of tattooing.

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