How cliched would it be to tattoo my yinzhang on my back?

Really Cliche(TM). You might as well get a tribal armband while you're at it   5 votes - 55 %
Cliche. At least it wouldn't be too visible   0 votes - 0 %
Not Cliche. Also not original, keep looking for ideas...   4 votes - 44 %
Cool. Can I touch you?   0 votes - 0 %
 
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yeah, those stamp thingies . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 08:11:54 PM EST
. . . are pretty cool - gifted one to littletar (my sis) for her b-day, and of course now EVERYONE wants one . . . but easy enough to do, just costs a little money. I'll be getting one for myelf at some point.

That is some mighty old Qing Dynasty era writing, dude! YJ couldn't even really read it!

Xi'an by weihan (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Feb 19, 2006 at 06:02:46 PM EST
Near the drum tower there is a giant touristy market. Only 35 RMB per chop. Can you get them cheaper in Wuxi?

An interesting note about the writing: most or all of the chops that the lady had on display used simplified characters. They were all transliterations of western names designed to appeal to tourists. I asked the lady if she had the old characters (I didn't know what they were called in Chinese. Turned out it was "old words") and she busted out a dictionary that mapped simplified characters to old characters. After that I was totally sold since I've been looking for this service for months now. Very was particularly unhappy when I told her about it though because she wanted to get me the same thing for a Valentines day present. She'd asked all her Chinese students where to get one and they didn't know of a place in Beijing.

-卫青涵

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Nice. by komet (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Feb 19, 2006 at 12:19:09 AM EST
I have a stamp too, but it's in a modern, straight-line kind of writing - I like your style better.

As for tattooing it on your back: LAME: How would you feel if you gave a Chinese guy a western name (say, Timothy or Chris) and he tattooed it on his back in bold letters?

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My mom by blixco (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Feb 19, 2006 at 06:30:46 AM EST
used to paint chinese watercolor.  Her chop looked remarkably like that.....but then again, they all have a lot in common.
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I am ten ninjas. Ten ninjas with root access. - mrgoat
Really? by weihan (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Feb 19, 2006 at 05:52:40 PM EST
Does her name sound like WHAY-hawn(?) ?

It's funny how you say they all have a lot in common. I can still vaguely remember how all Chinese characters used to look the same to me. In the same way that Chinese used to all sound the same to me. Now it's quite the opposite.

-卫青涵

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Well, by blixco (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 03:44:12 AM EST
there always seems to be some figure standing next to a river and some indication of flow.  Her name doesn't sound like anything in Chinese, but in Norwegian her last name means "south river people."  So the chop literally interprets to that.

I don't think Chinese characters look the same, and that's the confounding part: I've never seen two that look alike!
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I am ten ninjas. Ten ninjas with root access. - mrgoat

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Something like this? by weihan (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 05:24:23 AM EST
南河人 ? (the 氵in the second character would look like a river, no idea about the rest of the character. The last character would look more like a man)

Finding two characters that look alike isn't too common in my experience, thankfully. It's usually pretty distressing when it happens though. Here are some examples: 我 找, 时 的, 折 拆.

-卫青涵

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Unfortunately by blixco (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 06:08:08 AM EST
all I see is ? and not characters....
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