I stopped by the tattoo place today for another one, with intentions of getting a generic "tribal art" design on my outer bicep, or some type of chain which completely encircled the arm. (I chickened out of that last one because I know from previous personal experience that the inside of the arm HURTS!! ) Yeah, you can call me a wimp, I can handle it.
While I like tats & like looking at others who have large & complex designs, that just isn't me. So for my 3rd & last one, after the "circle" was eliminated, I decided upon just a solid black, somewhat thin, elongated tribal design from right below the point of my shoulder to just above the elbow .... basically covering most of the outside bicep.
I actually had one picked out from the flash, but then learned that the tat-artist was busy for the next 4 hours. I didn't really have time to wait, so put it off for another day. On the way home, I decided that was actually a GOOD thing. Being as this will be my final tat, I'd rather have something that actually MEANS something, rather than just a pretty design.
What I decided upon is a nickname that my unit used during the 13 years I spent in the military. We were "Dogs Of War". Yeah, I know, sounds all gung-ho & stuff, but it's actually from Shakespeare. Even grunts can be a bit civilized & cosmopolitan.
So, could someone please translate "Dogs Of War" (no quotes of course) into Chinese symbols for me? I've already ran it through a couple of automatic translaters on the web, but I don't entirely trust them. And too, the result was so tiny that the artist may have had trouble copying it. I did zoom in all my browser would let me, but it was still only 3/4" or so. So if you could somehow post the symbols as an image, or fairly large font, that would be GREAT. Just look at your own arm & take a guess at how big they should be. Close is close enough. If you can't do it big like this, no worries. I'll just take the translation & enlarge it myself as best that I can.
Last bits of info, in case it helps. I don't really care if it's "Simplified" or "Traditional" .... BOTH would be great. And all of the on-line results gave me 3 symbols, which I assume is 1 for each word. But if necessary, 4 symbols will fit also. And since this will be a vertical type tat, the symbols will be stacked ... "Dogs" at top, "Of" in the middle, & "War" at bottom. Not sure if that makes any difference at all, but just threw it in just in case.
You have my greatest thanks in advance, for helping me in this very important matter. Because obviously, this thing will be on my arm for quite a while.