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Think Before You Ink: Hilarious Tattoo Howlers
Express ^ | Thu, October 24, 2013

Posted on 10/26/2013 9:49:14 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Tattoo-lovers have again been urged to get professional spellchecks and translations - to avoid embarrassing ink blunders lasting a lifetime.

Clueless customers have been left branded with mis-spelled words and bizarre phrases in foreign languages.

But a professional translation service has today launched a "Think Before You Ink" campaign to cut the terrible tattoo travesties.

And the translators warned spelling horrors have come back to haunt the tattoo customers before they inked.

Sharon Stephens, managing director of Veritas Language Solutions, said: "There are some hilarious examples of translation errors out there."

One man wanted to show the world how "awesome" he was but the e was sadly omitted from the art work.

And a not-too-bright bad boy was left with "Jenius" branded on his forehead.

One unlucky lady wanted her favourite flower name scrawled across her lower back but was left with "Sweet Pee" above her waistline.

And a woman used an internet translation tool to declare her love for her boyfriend in Hebrew but instead of "I love David" she got "Babylon is the world's leading dictionary and translation software" inked on her back.

Ms Stephens said: "A lot of them are just bad use of English grammar and spelling - we have seen tattoos like "Life go's on'", "It's get better" and "Streangth".

"Tattoo translations are in demand and we regularly get requests for Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew and, now and again, Gaelic.

"Many of the requests tend to be philosophical or simply personal to the person on the receiving end of the needle."

bad, tattoo, Yet another example of a tattooist needing a dictionary [Wales News]

bad, tattooAn unfortunately placed spelling error [Wales News]

bad, tattoo"I love David" somehow became "Babylon is the world's leading dictionary and translation software" [Wales News]

Ms Stephens said problems arise when literal translations are used instead of finding out what the equivalent in the foreign language is.

She said: "The translator's task should be to translate the text into the equivalent in the other language.

"However, equivalent does not mean literal translation, which is what happens a lot of the time and could be catastrophic for the person having the tattoo.

"We encourage people thinking about getting inked to get their tattoo translation checked before proceeding any further."


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Hobbies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: ink; mistakes; tattoo



NOT quite so awesome.



Human bodies don't come with spell check?

1 posted on 10/26/2013 9:49:14 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Maybe she's a diabetic!


2 posted on 10/26/2013 9:52:53 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: nickcarraway

Lots’a blackheads, though


3 posted on 10/26/2013 9:53:05 AM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: nickcarraway

Sweet pee is actually pretty funny (and could be taken as intentional), but don’t tattoo artists have dictionaries? Doesn’t this end up making them look a little foolish too?


4 posted on 10/26/2013 9:55:44 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: nickcarraway

5 posted on 10/26/2013 9:56:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: COBOL2Java

Maybe it’s true?


6 posted on 10/26/2013 10:00:44 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: nickcarraway
My Grandson has some Chinese characters tattooed on his arm. h=He tells me that they translate into some high meaning phrase. I think they translate to something like, “Tattoos for Idiot Round Eyes”
7 posted on 10/26/2013 10:05:13 AM PDT by Tupelo ( Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. An old Republican Tradition.)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe she’s diabetic.


8 posted on 10/26/2013 10:05:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

And they can vote.


9 posted on 10/26/2013 10:10:29 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings)
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To: bicyclerepair
And they can vote.

And they serve on city councils.

10 posted on 10/26/2013 10:11:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

crazy people rule the country now


11 posted on 10/26/2013 10:13:52 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Tupelo

have you tried Google translator?


12 posted on 10/26/2013 10:14:48 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

What’s the problem, these people are subliterate anyway!


13 posted on 10/26/2013 10:23:35 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Tupelo

Maybe they’re selections from a Chinese menu.


14 posted on 10/26/2013 10:39:57 AM PDT by goldi
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To: GeronL

Google translator is pretty good but does make some huge errors because of the above stated fact that the translators usually do literal translation instead of the actual meaning in the foreign language.

For example, the Google Chinese translator makes no distinction between ‘silly’ and ‘stupid’. The two words are obviously not the same thought.

Another one is ‘reach’ and ‘achieve’.


15 posted on 10/26/2013 10:52:52 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

true and some things just mean different things.

In Korean to say “Are you thirsty?” you would have to actually ask “Is your neck dry?”

How would it translate that kind of thing correctly?


16 posted on 10/26/2013 10:55:54 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28


17 posted on 10/26/2013 10:57:54 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (I don't always talk to Obama voters, but when I do I ask for Large Fries.)
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To: Tupelo

I believe they mean “Stupid White Boy” or “Stupid White Slut”, depending upon the gender of the recipient


18 posted on 10/26/2013 10:59:53 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Tupelo

Big Bang’s Sheldon told Penny the Chinese characters tattoed on her butt was “soup” rather than “courage.”


19 posted on 10/26/2013 11:01:07 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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20 posted on 10/26/2013 11:21:53 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: nickcarraway

And the proponents of Common Core say that kids don’t need to know how to spell or be able to read cursive.


21 posted on 10/26/2013 11:27:23 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: EEGator

Bazinga! always gets me laughing.


22 posted on 10/26/2013 11:39:00 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Tupelo

You’ll love http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com
tl;dr - NEVER get a tattoo in a language you don’t know.


23 posted on 10/26/2013 11:39:10 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: nickcarraway

Prome Queen has a nice waist!


24 posted on 10/26/2013 12:32:55 PM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: nickcarraway

Hilarious is right. This must be why the guys in the A&E show “Bad Ink” are probably rolling in cash — for fixing bad tattoos.


25 posted on 10/26/2013 12:43:51 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: nickcarraway

IMO anyone who gets a tattoo is clueless. Especially women.


26 posted on 10/26/2013 12:58:26 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: nickcarraway

Tattoos...a permanent reminder of a passing fad where you express your individuality by doing the same thing everyone else is.


27 posted on 10/26/2013 1:16:25 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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28 posted on 10/26/2013 1:52:28 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: AlaskaErik

Tattoos...a permanent reminder of a passing fad where you express your individuality by doing the same thing everyone else is.

Unless of course if you chose to do so before it became a fad. In that case, everyone else chose to follow you.


29 posted on 10/26/2013 5:29:06 PM PDT by SeaDragon ("Life is tough ..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!
That's okay Sweet Pea, nobody reads cursive anymore anyway.


30 posted on 10/27/2013 6:46:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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