The Chinese are believed to be among the first people to wear tattoos. This dates back to the ancient Chinese colonies some thousands of years ago. Due to the beauty of their handwriting symbols, which is also known as the kanji, the Chinese symbols have gained popularity in the world of tattoos these days. It is believed that there are over 80,000 Chinese symbols from which you can choose your tattoo shapes. It has however been noted that many people don’t know what some of the Chinese symbols they are wearing mean. This can be the case if you get your tattoo simply because of the beauty it has from the Chinese symbols used. Websites have come up as a result of this, so as to offer translation services to people interested to know what the various symbols mean. You are therefore advised to seek some advice and translation of symbols before they end up on you skin. If you decide to have Chinese tattoos on your skin, start by getting the symbols you like. The next step will be to look for a Chinese friend, or one who understands the symbols to give you their opinions. In case you can’t find such a person, you can search over the net for translation services. You may want also to know the exact meaning of such symbols to avoid embarrassments. If it is a name you want to write, it can be easily translated and then printed on your skin. You should however be aware that the difference in languages may not allow some words to be translated to Chinese. Some words may exist in your language, but not in the Chinese language. The other factor to consider is that the Chinese write vertically from the top to the bottom. This is not the case in many languages where writing is done from left to right. You may want to consider this situation vis-à-vis the part of the body you wish to place your tattoo. The Chinese symbols can be manipulated in various ways to give different meanings. This may however be done by an artist who understands the language better. Be informed that the slightest changes in shape of curve of a signs may completely changes the meaning of such a symbol. Care should then be taken to avoid such mistakes. If you still want to communicate effectively through your tattoo, you can include some picture or shape alongside your Chinese tattoo. You can have the shape of your choice printed and next to it, a Chinese translation of the same. You may also opt for two parts of the tattoo, one in the easily understood language of shape and the other in Chinese symbols. The good thing about Chinese symbols is their diverse meanings. There are as many symbols as there are words which describe different situations or things. You can choose from love symbols, religious symbols and even sporting activities. There are also symbols for animals, events and various personal attributes.