Clear your mind of all mundane thoughts(心頭滅却)- Japanese 4 character idiom for tattoo

A Zen quote ‘Clear your mind of all mundane thoughts’ for your kanji tattoo is 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.

This Zen word is also used in this Japanese proverb “心頭滅却すれば火もまた涼し”(Clear your mind of all mundane thoughts, and you will find even fire cool).

Explanations and Interpretations

Here are the meaning of each Kanji

  • 心 : mind, heart, thoughts
  • 頭 : head, mind, thoughts
  • 滅 : destroy, annihilate
  • 却 : suppress (desire)

Its literal meaning is ‘Suppress your inner desire and be calm and collected ‘. This Yojijukugo (4 letter idiom) works as a teaching to remain calm and collected when something unexpected happens. A good design for room interior also (On a hanging scroll)

Zen related phrases

For more Zen related phrases, click here.

Yojijukugo(四字熟語) for your Kanji Tattoo

In Japanese, there are idioms called ‘Yojijukugo’ and it is in the broad sense simply means any Japanese compound words consisting of four kanji characters.

  • 四 : Four
  • 字 : Letter
  • 熟語 : Idiom

There exists tens of thousands of them in Japanese ranging from those spoken in everyday-life-situation (casual) to the one used only in writing, sounds very formal, sophisticated and impressive.

Suitable for Kanji design

Why I recommend Yojijukugo for your kanji designs?

Because they sound

  • natural
  • straight to the point
  • concise and neat
  • have a nice ring to it

I wrote a post on why I am not a fan of translating English to Japanese when It comes to Kanji design and the reason I recommend revers – look ups instead.

Lost in Translation, 2 overlooked factors that cause a pity Japanese sentence tattoo

You can check other 4 letter idioms here.

Instant Download

You can download the file right after the purchase and no need to wait for me to send it to you. Then you just simply forward it to your favourite tattoo artist. The design is 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.

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

Depending on your purpose,  pick either jpeg or pdf

If you are looking to use the design just as it appears and not wanting to resize it, 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 be 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?

5 different 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.

How to order

Just simply tick your preferred style and add it to the cart.

To have a close look at them, just click the image.

If you are not sure, please read through the page below or simply contact me.

▶️Purchasing process


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