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Chinese Symbol for Forever

Forever (simplified Chinese: 永; pinyin: yǒng), also written as 永远,is a popular tattoo. It’s very similar to the character for water (水), but with an extra short dash on top. Dr. Leon Wieger, the famous sinologist, described the character as representing ‘the unceasing flow of water veins in the earth’. This character can be found in several expressions such as 青春永驻 – qīngchūnyǒngzhù meaning ‘forever young‘, 炎夏永昼 – yánxià yǒngzhòu meaning ‘endless summer days’, and 永不分离 – yǒngbù fēnlí meaning ‘never to be separated’.

The above calligraphy is in the Magazine 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.