Chinese Calligraphy Tattoo Symbols

The Chinese language doesn't use letters. It uses symbols called characters. On this page, you can find free images of some popular Chinese characters and their meanings. If you click on any of the images, you will be taken to a free tool where you can see that character using different fonts.

Zodiac

Rat

Cow/Ox

Tiger

Rabit/Hare

Dragon (Traditional)

Dragon (Simplified)

Snake/Serpent

Horse (Simplified)

Horse (Traditional)

Sheep

Monkey

Chicken/Rooster (Simplified)

Chicken/Rooster (Traditional)

Dog

Pig (Simplified)

Pig (Traditional)

Other

Love (Traditional)

Love (Simplified)

Blessing, Fortune, Luck

Both traditional and simplified versions of characters are found on this page. Though there are exceptions, traditional characters are generally used in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and mainland China primarily uses simplified characters.

Calligraphy tattoos using Chinese characters have become popular—enough that at least one web site has sprung up with pictures of chinese character tattoo mistakes. If you can, get help from a Chinese-speaking person if you're thinking of tattooing something on yourself in a language you don't know.