Chinese tattoos can symbolize the American words for "strength," "love" and "peace." Some Chinese tattoos can mean fire or luck, and others are used to symbolize twins or the bond between sisters.
Some Chinese tattoos can also symbolize family or translate to mean "soldier." Some people get Chinese tattoos to symbolize other principles such as bravery or beauty, and some tattoos translate to the words "courage" and "faith."
Traditional Chinese characters are called Hanzi, which is the official written language of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Chinese communities not located in China. There are around 47,000 Chinese characters but not all of them are used to communicate. In order for one to be fluent in Hanzi, he must know at least 4,000 of the characters.
Simplified Chinese is another set of characters used for written communication and was created to increase literacy of the Chinese language. These characters, along with the Hanzi symbols, are often used to create tattoos. Before getting a Chinese tattoo, it's best to verify that the symbols you want for the tattoo are indeed Chinese symbols. Several celebrities have Chinese tattoos, including Mel B of the Spice Girls, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Imbruglia and Allen Iverson.