The Trend of Hebrew Tattoos
more and more people are getting tattoos in the Hebrew language. It's a
hot trend that's only getting hotter, as celebs like Madonna, Britney
Spears, David and Victoria Beckham are getting Hebrew ink.
Hebrew tattoos are also popular among Christians. What's better than a tribute to Jesus in the holy language?
only one problem, Hebrew tattoos are written in HEBREW. Foreign
language to most of the tattoo seekers. Difficult language to master and
All photos for this article were borrowed from Bad Hebrew Tattoos, visit it to see over 100 Hebrew tattoos gone wrong.
Mistake 1: Switching your keyboard to Hebrew, then typing English letters
You'd think only a total moron will do that (and you'll be right), but it is a common mistake.
this photo for example, it was supposed to say "Child of God", but
ended up as meaningless gibberish. This is the worst translation method
Mistake 2: Giving artistic license to your Tattoo Artist
it might be true about all tattoos, not just the Hebrew ones, but when
your artist doesn't see the letters as letters - mess happens!
can't be sure that this "Love" tattoo is all the artist's fault, but
it's so unreadable that even when you know what you're looking for it's
still nearly impossible to get it.
Mistake 3: Using a dictionary to translate your Hebrew tattoo
Dictionaries are cool - as long as you know enough Hebrew to use one!
This girl didn't, and so her neck bears the word "to believe", but also a dictionary mark for verb, and some random parentheses.
Mistake 4: Getting it backwards
most common Hebrew tattoo mistake, hands down, is writing it backwards.
See, Hebrew is written right-to-left, unlike English, which leads to
Take a look at this tattoo, an entire biblical verse tattooed all backwards. Too bad he didn't just copy/paste.
Mistake 5: Tattooing a word out of context
is mostly written without vowels, which means a lot of room for
interpretation and confusion. To get it right, context is everything!
you are set on it, though, look up a native speaker. Not a local Rabbi
or your Jewish friend, as these people might not have enough working
knowledge of Hebrew and can seriously mess you up. Native