Thursday, February 4, 2010

History of Chinese Character Tattoos

Given the current popularity of Chinese tattoos you might be surprised to learn that for a long time tattooing in China was regarded as a 'bad' thing. The reason for this is because it violates the body. In fact the literal translation of the chinese words for tattooing, "Ci Shen", is "to puncture the body”. Westerners may find it hard to understand this concept but it is very deep in our culture.