Suffering / Duḥkha(四苦八苦)- Japanese idiom for Tattoo in Brush Stroke Kanji

A Japanese idiom for ‘Suffering / Duḥkha’ for your kanji tattoo design 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.

Style 2

Explanations and Interpretations

This idiom has 4 kanjis, which are

  • 四 : four
  • : pain
  • 八 : eight
  • : pain

This idiom is derived from Buddhist terms. Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, taught the truth that the world is full of things that are not as we wish them to be.The symbol means ‘suffering or pain caused by the things are not as you wish them to be. This idiom represents the eight causes of sufferings experienced by all people at all times and in all countries.

The first four sufferings refer the four major categories of human pains which are

  • : suffering caused by being born.
  • : suffering caused by aging. All of our physical and mental strength deteriorates, and we lose our freedom.
  • : there are a variety of diseases that can cause pain and suffering.
  • : awareness of fear of dying and anxiety about the future.

On top of these major four sufferings, there are another 4 sufferings, which are

  • 愛別離 : pain caused by the separation from loved ones
  • 怨憎会 : pain of having to meet the one you hate and resent
  • 求不得 : Suffering from not getting what you want.
  • 五蘊盛 : Suffering from not being at the mercy of my body and mind.

Adding these four pains to the first four pains comes to eight pains in total.

Explore the variations of Pain, Distress and suffering

There is a few other words related to ‘Pain’, ‘Distress’ and ‘Suffering’.

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.

Click here to have a closer look at them.

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

▶️Purchasing process


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