You get a tattoo of Tanuki, you get immediate blog attention.  Thanks Alex!  Pretty awesome first tattoo.


So that's August I guess... seemed to go by rather quickly, but then again, it's been a busy month.  I'm always behind on emails now... sorry.  I just can't seem to keep up.  On a positive note, I found an old memory card that I thought I had lost, however there are probably 500 photos on it to go through and edit.  These aren't any of those photos.  These are off of my phone from the last few weeks.
from: Boris
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM
subject: Funny tatoo

Hi Tian!

Just saw this photo of an acquaintance -- http://instagram.com/p/N6rLwJGnEK/

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the "Way of the Firebird" tatoo spelled the wrong way round? Just wanted to let you know so you may have a new addition for your Hanzismatter Website.

Kind regards,


Although the image is reflection taken from a mirror, 火鳥道 is indeed in wrong vertical orientation.


... started going through my iPhone today and I guess I have a ton of both life and tattoo photos to edit.  I know most people come here for the tats, so I'll start there.

Started colouring the bottom of this Tiffany Bozic reproduction.
 Drew's Traditional Wife/Pin Up
 Hillary's Foot
 Darcy's foot
 Started colouring the water on Craig's Octopus fighting an Apache helicopter
 Inside of the arm Peony on Justin
 Inside of the arm Lotus for Dylan
Coloured the top flower for Sherri
Just a few touch ups for Denise's Pierogi/ Grandparent's tattoo

from: Gabriel D. 
to: "tiangotlost@gmail.com" 
date: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM 
subject: suspicious looking tattoo 

Hello, Tian. 

I've been reading your HanziSmatter blog for a while now and I've always found it equally amusing and educational. A little while back one of my friends has gotten his ankle tattooed as you can see in the attached image. 

He said it is something related to the concept of "family", but that the tattoo artist himself didn't really make it clear what it meant. 

Could you perhaps help? 

Best regards, 



Typical "family" is 家庭. 


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