Brave (勇猛) – Brush Stroke Japanese Kanji For Tattoo

Kanji Tattoo designs for ‘Brave’ are available for an instant download and you have 5 different kanji calligraphy styles to choose from. Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.

Literal Meaning of Each Kanji

Brave has 2 kanjis, which are

  • 勇 : courageous
  • 猛 : ferocious, fierce

The first Kanji for ‘courageous’ is also one of the 7 Bushido (Way of Samurai) codes. The second one is used for describing someone very fierce, strong, resilient. We have a word for those person ’猛き者’ (a formidable warrior) and this word is used in one of the most famous and significant Zen-related poems.

祇園精舍の鐘の声、 諸行無常の響きあり。 娑羅双樹の花の色、 盛者必衰の理をあらはす。 奢れる人も久しからず、 ただ春の夜の夢のごとし。 猛き者もつひにはほろびぬ、 ひとへに風の前の塵に同じ。

The sound of the Gion Shōja bells echoes the impermanence of all things; the color of the sāla flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind

Translation by Helen Craig McCullough

Japanese Poem for Tattoo – Opening Line of The Tale of The Heike

What you get

Each design comes with calligraphy style including 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.

NOTE : the design DOSE NOT NEED TO BE MIRRORED, meaning it should appear on your skin/object just as it appears on the paper when you print it out.

Depending on your purpose,  pick either of these files

  • Medium Resolution jpeg
  • Illustrator Editable pdf

Click the links below to download the demo (examples) .

When you make a purchase, you will be redirected to the download page.

Download and print it out / send it to your favourite tattoo artist.

The design is 100% accurate and authentic. and your tattoo artist does not need to know Japanese.

Available in 5 different writing styles

You have 5 writing styles to choose from for this design.

each style gives different impressions and I have summarised in the gallery above.

Which format is right for me?

If you are looking to use the design just as it appears and not wanting to resize, then the “jpeg” should be fine.

But if you are looking to

  • use it on a large object and need to resize
  • change the layout / position
    (e.g, vertical▶️horizontal / angled,  etc)

then the “pdf” should be your choice as it will less work for your tattoo artist, meaning costs less.
(You need to check with your tattoo artist though)

Click the link below for more information.

▶️ pdf or jpg ? Which one is right for me?

Before making a purchase

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE PAGE BELOW to avoid buying wrong items and get exactly what want.

▶️Purchasing process


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    December 13, 2020

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