Many people that are going for their first tattoo put a lot of consideration into what they want. For some, the first tattoo is easy to decide on, as some people already know what they want. Others just want to get a tattoo but don’t know where to start. Today, Japanese symbols are being used quite a bit as the first tattoo. Japanese tattoos carry with them an air of symbolism, mystique, and hidden meaning, so for those that want something meaningful as their first tattoo but aren’t sure what they want, they are an excellent first choice.

The Bushido tattoo as seen here is one of the most popular Japanese symbol designs. This tattoo translates into ‘The Way of the Warrior’ and this us a good choice for those that want a tattoo symbolizing strength. However, there are many things you can do with Japanese symbols when it comes to tattoos. You can have your name spelled in the Japanese symbols, or simply find a symbol that represents something meaningful in your life.

Whatever Japanese symbol you decide on, the key is to make sure you research it well before you decide on a final design. There are many graphic artists and websites set up that have not completely researched every symbol, and even if the symbol is placed the wrong way, for example in reversed position, the tattoo and the symbol take on a whole new meaning.

If you are serious about getting a Japanese tattoo, the time that you spend researching proper symbols and meanings will go a long way. Instead of simply going to artist websites, use translation services and Japanese encyclopedias online to adequately cover your research ground. It is also a good idea to use Japanese/English dictionaries, also found online, where you can find literal meanings of Japanese symbols and compare them with the English meanings that you are striving for.

The key to the Japanese symbol as a tattoo lies in its meaning. Its true meaning. Before you ink, be sure you have the correct tattoo to symbolize exactly what you are looking for.