Chinese Zodiac Tattoos

Tattoos have a certain inexplicable appeal, and Chinese tattoos, especially Chinese sun sign tattoos look even more appealing. If you are looking to get one of these kinds, how about you first read up on it a little...
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It's strange, isn't it, that you could get yourself inked in Chinese, and not be sure that what you were looking for and what you actually found are two different things altogether. By no means do I want to discourage you from getting a tattoo in a language that you probably do not know to read, but it always gets me thinking... Imagine wanting to get the word peace tattooed on you and coming out with a word that means something else instead. You wouldn't even know! Funny thought, isn't it? Let's face it, we've all seen or heard of cases like these. But that's mostly a reason for concern only when you're considering getting tattooed with large amounts of script. A zodiac tattoo however, is easier to work with. It's a single symbol, thus allowing very little space for any erroneous occurrence. So if you are looking to get yourself inked with a tattoo, and need ideas regarding the same, why not scroll down further...
Zodiac Table
We'll get started with the Chinese sun sign tattoos designs in a bit, but how about a brief look at the Chinese zodiac table before that...
The Chinese zodiac, known as Shēngxiào in Chinese, is a table that follows a 12 year cycle, and every one of those 12 years is associated with a certain animal. The 12 animals that represent the years of the zodiac calendar are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Every animal is also said to be a representative of certain qualities or personality traits. A close look at it will bring to your notice that the characteristics bestowed upon each zodiac type are fairly up to the mark, and that they do in fact define a person rather well. You'll get a better idea about this when you look at the chart to follow. Read on to find out what your zodiac sign is according to the zodiac table, and also find out what your symbol looks like, especially if you ever decide to get yourself tattooed with it.
Zodiac Symbols Tattoos
Whenever considering a tattoo design, you will notice that most people always turn to certain designs as a first thought. Amongst those that are commonly chosen are Chinese symbol tattoos, butterfly designs, tribal art, the peace symbol, to name a few. The Chinese ones are inevitably a popular option though. The best part about Chinese sun sign tattoos is that they're a method to define who you are, along with being a constant reminder of your personality. Very evidently, there is a symbol for every year, and along with the symbol there are characteristics associated too. Here's a chart of all the images associated with every zodiac year, along with certain specific traits...
Year of the Rat
rat symbol
Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
Element: Water
Polarity: Yang
Characteristics: Charming, charismatic, social, outspoken, meticulous, eloquent, persistent, intense, rational, sensitive, artistic, spiteful, astute, covetous, mendacious, obdurate, ruthless, illiberal, excessively ambitious, conniving.
Year of the Ox
Ox symbol
Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
Element: Water
Polarity: Yin
Characteristics: Humble, stable, ambitious, reliable, industrious, patient, calm, organized, ceremonious, consistent, resolute, obstinate, assertive, worldly, rigid, narrow-minded, impetuous.
Year of the Tiger
Tiger symbol
Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
Element: Wood
Polarity: Yang
Characteristics: Impulsive, passionate, affectionate, stimulating, powerful, sincere, generous, humanitarian, unpredictable, rebellious, audacious, wayward, temperamental, aggressive, impatient, foolhardy, selfish, restless, hot-headed.
Year of the Rabbit
Rabbit symbol
Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
Element: Wood
Polarity: Yin
Characteristics: Affable, reserved, shy, cautious, sharp, compassionate, kind, gracious, sensitive, self-assured, flexible, lucky, self-indulgent, moody, isolated, superficial, stubborn, opportunistic.
Year of the Dragon
dragon symbol
Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
Element: Wood
Polarity: Yang
Characteristics: Fiery, passionate, generous, strong, loyal, pioneering, proud, stately, noble, dignified, direct, decisive, self-assured, intellectual, outlandish, loyal, authoritative, brash, impulsive, despotic, chesty, disdainful, aggressive.
Year of the Snake
snake symbol
Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Element: Fire
Polarity: Yin
Characteristics: Responsible, prudent, creative, deep thinker, mysterious, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, shrewd, elegant, cautious, calm, strong, constant, purposeful, loner, bad communicator, cold, possessive, epicurean, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious.
Year of the Horse
horse symbol
Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Element: Fire
Polarity: Yang
Characteristics: Agile, humorous, cheerful, charismatic, intelligent, talkative, popular, earthy, shrewd, incisive, open-minded, flexible, childish, arrogant, erratic, stubborn, gullible.
Year of the Ram
goat symbol
Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Element: Fire
Polarity: Yin
Characteristics: Virtuous, sincere, sympathetic, timid, shy, creative, gentle, compassionate, peaceful, generous, seeks security, moody, worrier, indecisive, over-passive, pessimistic, over-sensitive, weak-willed.
Year of the Monkey
Monkey symbol
Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Element: Metal
Polarity: Yang
Characteristics: Inventor, innovative, improviser, motivator, social, quick-witted, intellectual, inquisitive, flexible, self-assured, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, egotistical, vain, selfish, reckless, jealous, deceptive, cunning, suspicious.
Year of the Rooster
Rooster symbol
Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Element: Metal
Polarity: Yin
Characteristics: Sharp, meticulous, perfectionist, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible, opinionated, critical, conceited, prudish, abrasive, egotistical.
Year of the Dog
dog symbol
Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Element: Metal
Polarity: Yang
Characteristics: Honest, intelligent, straightforward, unpretentious, loyal, attractive, friendly, affectionate, sociable, practical, open-minded, idealistic, sensitive, stubborn, easygoing, cynical, lazy, judgmental, quarrelsome.
Year of the Pig
pig symbol
Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Element: Water
Polarity: Yin
Characteristics: Loyal, honest, peaceful, chivalrous, passionate, sturdy, sociable, conscientious, patient, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, intelligent, naïve, materialistic, self-indulgent.
This was it for the symbols for Chinese sun sign tattoos, along with a low down on certain traits, and other information. Find out if you relate to any of it, and decide getting tattooed if you think it works for you...
Dog Chinese Zodiac Sign
Pig Chinese Zodiac Sign
Snake Symbol For Chinese zodiac
Chinese Zodiac Rooster Symbol
Chinese zodiac symbol rat
Chinese zodiac tiger sign
Chinese zodiac rabbit sign
Green dragon symbol
Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs
Chinese dragon illustration
Chinese Zodiac Sign Monkey
Chinese Zodiac Sign Horse
Chinese Zodiac Sign Ox