Kanji Tattoo Idea – Alcohol Lover/Heavy Drinker In Japanese Writing

Japanese kanji symbols for ‘Alcohol Lover/Heavy Drinker’ (呑兵衛) for your tattoo is available for instant download. The kanji symbols are available in 3 different writing styles as well as both vertical and horizontal directions for your preference. Created and verified by a native Japanese speaker and 100% accurate. Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.

Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea alcohol lover
Style 1
Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea alcohol lover
Style 2

Flexible Placement

Japanese can be written both vertically and horizontally giving you greater flexibility for placement such as spine, arm, chest, knuckles.

Kanji, one of the Japanese writing alphabets, is often used to express resolutions, determinations, themes, values, ambitions etc by writing it down on a paper, and place it on the wall to make it works as a reminder every time you see it.

Kanji on a hanging scroll
Tea ceremony room
Martial Arts Dojo

Kanji Tattoo Idea – Alcohol Lover explained

Alcohol Lover in Japanese Kanji is 呑兵衛 which is read Nonbee and consists of 3 symbols below.

  • 呑: to drink, to gulp
  • 兵: warrior
  • 衛: defense

This phrase is used as a nickname for someone who loves drinking and can handle large amount of alcohol. It is also used as a Name of Izakaya (Japanese Style bar/tavern). When the second and third Kanji are put together, it will mean ‘a person’. In the Edo period, people often referred to people who were extremely obsessed with something by adding “兵衛” at the end. So the literal meaning of this phrase is ‘Someone who are obsessed with drinking’

Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea,
Nonbee written on a Japanese traditional lantern

No Machine Translations = No More Kanji Fail

Japanese symbols are very tricky scripts and many people end up with wrong/awkward kanji tattoos. Even a celebrity like Ariana Grande got it wrong. (I’m glad she’s got it fixed with the help of her tutor and she’s happy with that Japanese script tattoo)

For this reason, it is best to consult a native Japanese speaker beforehand whether the kanji actually conveys the meaning you have in mind . To help people get the right kanji and Japanese script tattoos, I started this online store  All letters here at Yorozuya.tech are verified by a native Japanese speaker, and you can download the letters right after purchase.

Instant Download

There is a button to download the file right after checkout and no need to wait for me to send it to you. Then you just simply forward it to your favourite tattoo artist. The letters are 100% accurate and he/she does not need to know any Japanese. The file contains both calligraphy style and line art (Stencil).Stencil is what your tattoo artist must have to ink the tattoo as it serves as the outline to trace the artwork onto your skin.

Horizontal & Vertical Directions

Both horizontal and vertical direction is used in the Japanese wiring and therefore, the file comes with both horizontal and vertical layout for your convenience and preference. Writing starts from left to right for horizontal lines whereas it is top to bottom for vertical lines.

Kanji Tattoo Example vertical Horizontal directions

NOTE : The letters DO NOT NEED TO BE MIRRORED, they should appear just as it appears on the print-out.


As a rule of thumb,

  • jpg for fingers, behind the ear
  • pdf for arms, chest, shoulder, and other body parts

Each script approximately fits in a 2cm (0.8inch) x 2cm grid or slightly bigger and, in general,  this size is suitable for fingers, the back of the neck and behind the ear tattoo.

If you need to make it bigger for arms, chest, and other body parts, please select the pdf as it is illustrator-editable and resize-friendly. Your tattoo artist can make it bigger without the outline getting blurry.

Nevertheless, please check with the example files.

If you are happy with the size of the letters and not do need to make it larger, then the “jpg” will do. But if you think you need to make it bigger or change the layout, positions, colours etc, then select the “pdf” just to be on the safe side as it is fully customisable to your likings. It might also be less work for your tattoo artist and cost less. (Please check with your tattoo artist)

How to order

Just simply tick your preferred style and hit the ‘purchase’ button. You have 3 writing styles to choose from for this design. Each style gives different impressions. In a nutshell,

  • Style 1: Elegant, Delicate
  • Style 2: Chic, Sophisticated
  • Style 3: Earnest, Sincere
Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea
Vertical Direction
Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea
Horizontal Direction

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    November 3, 2021

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