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Welcome to Chinese Tattoo Translation!

We provide English to Chinese custom tattoo translation by a native Chinese speaker, in your choice of over 50 different Chinese calligraphy styles.

Just send us a word, name, date, or phrase to be translated and we’ll provide you with your unique stencil for tattooing. Click here to begin browsing all available Chinese character styles for your custom translation, or get some great tattoo ideas by browsing the tattoo designs shown below.

Contact us today at meilantattoo@gmail.com.

Tattoo Fonts

Have a good tattoo idea? Send it to us in English, and for only $7.95 we’ll translate it into Chinese and provide you with the translation in your favorite Chinese calligraphy style. Click here to see all available Chinese fonts for your custom translation.

Practice Makes Perfect

The often quipped phrase ‘Practice Makes Perfect’, is written in Chinese as 熟能生巧 (pronunciation: shú néng shēng qiǎo).

The first character, 熟 (shú), means ‘ripe, familiar’. The second character, 能 (néng), means ‘can, be able’. The third character, 生 (sheng), means ‘cause to happen’, while the fourth character, 巧 (qiǎo), means ‘skillful’.

Other cool tattoo ideas that incorporate one or more of the above characters are 大巧若拙 (dàqiǎoruòzhuō – a person of great wisdom often seems slow witted), 巧妇难为无米之炊 (qiǎofù nánwéi wúmǐzhīchuī – nobody can accomplish anything without the necessary means), and 巧于运筹 (qiǎoyúyùnchóu – play one’s cards well).

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Fluid font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.

Failure is the Mother of Success

‘Failure is the Mother of Success’ is written in Chinese as失败是成功之母 (pronunciation: shībài shì chénggōng zhī mǔ).

The first two characters, 失败 (shībài), mean ‘fail, be defeated’. The third character, 是 (shì), means ‘is’. The fourth and fifth characters, 成功 (chénggōng), means ‘success’. The sixth character, 之 (zhī), is similar to the possessive apostrophe in Englsih. The seventh and final character, 母 (mǔ), means Mother.

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Emperor font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.

Solid as a Rock

The common expression ‘solid as a rock’ is written in Chinese as 坚如磐石 (pronunciation: jiān rú pán shí). The first character, 坚 (jiān), means ‘hard, solid’. The second character, 如 (rú), means ‘if, like this’. The third and forth characters together, 磐石 (pán shí), mean ‘large rock’.

Other great tattoo ideas which incorporate one or more of the above characters are 稳如磐石 (wěnrúpánshí – be steady as a rock), 拜倒石榴裙下 (bàidǎo shíliuqún xià – fall head over heels for a woman), 滴水穿石 (dīshuǐchuānshí – persistence overcomes all difficulties), and 情同金石 (qíngtóngjīnshí – bound fast by ties of love).

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Emperor font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.

A bully is always a coward

‘A bully is always a coward’, is written in Chinese as 色厉内荏 (pronunciation: sè lì nèi rěn).

The first character, 色 (sè), means ‘color’. The second character, 历 (lì), means ‘terrible, formidable’. The third character, 内 (nèi), means ‘inside’, while the fourth character, 荏 (rěn), means ‘beans, soft, pliable’. This is also translated into English as ‘fierce of mien but faint of heart’.

A few other interesting tattoos that use one or more of the above characters are 不二色 (bù’èrsè – consistent in love; loyal to one woman only), 沉湎酒色 (chénmiǎnjiǔsè – be given to wine and women), 传奇色彩 (chuánqísècǎi – legendary quality), and 了无惧色 (liǎowújùsè – show no trace of fear).

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Breeze font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.

History Repeats Itself

The quote ‘History repeats itself’, in Chinese is 历史往往重演 (pronunciation: lìshǐ wǎngwǎng chóngyǎn).

The first two characters, 历史 (lìshǐ), mean ‘history’. The third and fourth characters, 往往 (wǎngwǎng), mean ‘often, frequently’, and the fifth and sixth characters, 重演 (chóngyǎn), mean ‘recur, reenact, repeat’.

Other interesting tattoo ideas that use one or more of the above characters are 惕厉 (tìlì – exercise caution and discipline; be on guard), 历史清白 (lìshǐ qīngbái – have a clean record/slate), 自重 (zìzhòng – conduct oneself with dignity), and 安土重迁 (āntǔzhòngqiān – be attached to one’s native land and unwilling to leave it).

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Black Marker font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote ‘Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today’ is simply written 今日事,今日毕 (pronunciation: jīn rì shì, jīn rì bì) in Chinese.

The characters, 今日 (jīn rì), which are the first and second characters of this translation, as well as fourth and fifth characters, mean ‘today’. The third character, 事 (shì), means ‘matter, affair’, while the sixth character means ‘finish’. The Chinese phrase literally means ‘today affairs, today finish’.

A few other tattoo ideas that can be drawn from one or more of the above characters are 实事求是 (shíshìqiúshì – seek the truth from facts), 成事不说 (chéngshìbùshuō – let bygones be bygones), 大事化小 (dàshìhuàxiǎo – turn big problems into small problems), and 凡事有因 (fánshìyǒuyīn – there’s a reason for everything).

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Earthquake font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

The expression ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’, is written in Chinese as 入乡随俗 (pronunciation: rù xiāng suí sú). The Chinese characters literally mean ‘enter village follow custom’.

Here are a few other ideas for cool tattoos that incorporate one or more of the above characters: 拔俗超群 (básúchāoqún – stand above the ordinary), 浑俗和光 (húnsúhéguāng – be in harmony with the rest of the world), 凡胎俗骨 (fántāisúgǔ – the body as heir to all mortal desires), 愤世嫉俗 (fènshìjísú -detest the world and its ways), 嫁狗随狗 (jiàgǒusuígǒu – a woman follows her husband no matter what his lot), and 随分 (suífèn – be content with one’s lot).

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Ancient font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.

Blood is Thicker than Water

The phrase ‘Blood is thicker than water’, is written 血浓于水 (xiě nóng yú shuǐ) in Chinese.

The first character, 血 (xiě), means ‘blood’. The second character, 浓 (nóng), means ‘dense, thick, concentrated’. The third character, 于 (yú), means ‘than’, and the fourth character, 水 (shuǐ), means ‘water’.

A few other cool tattoo suggestions using the above characters are 血汗 xuèhàn (blood and sweat), 背水一战 (bèishuǐyīzhàn – fight to the death), and 登山涉水 (dēngshānshèshuǐ – scale mountains and cross rivers).

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Fountain font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.

A Mother's Love Never Changes

The phrase ‘A mother’s love never changes’, is translated into Chinese as 母爱永恒 (pronunciation: mǔ ài yǒng héng).

The first character, 母 (mǔ), means ‘mother’. The second character, 爱 (ài), means ‘love’. The third and fourth characters, 永恒 (yǒng héng), together mean ‘eternal, perpetual’.

A few other words and phrases that use these characters and that could provide cool tattoos are 永垂不朽 (yǒngchuíbùxiǔ – be immortal), 青春永驻 (qīngchūnyǒngzhù – be young forever), 永安 (yǒng’ān – perpetual peace), and 持之以恒 (chízhīyǐhéng – persevere).

The above Chinese calligraphy is in the Bubble Gum font. Custom Chinese translations in this tattoo font are available in the Shop. For more tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, continue reading the posts below.