Inked to compete
Updated: 2014-07-04 08:29
By Wang Kaihao (China Daily)
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Many top players like to show off their masculinity with tattoos in Chinese characters. Their inked beliefs on their necks, arms－or wherever－can be entertaining or even a little bizarre for Chinese spectators cheering in front of TVs on the other side of the Earth.
Some of these are broken Chinese sentences that are difficult to understand at first sight. Some have mistakes ranging from grammatical errors to incorrect strokes.
"Tattoos written in Chinese characters have been popular in the Western world for many years because many Westerners have a strong curiosity about this remote land," says Wang Qingyuan, who leads the China Association of Tattoo Artists. "And their funny mistakes have occurred for an equally long time."
According to Wang, encouraging slogans and Chinese proverbs are among the most popular, but he explains that literal translations lead to the errors.