Lose the Battle to Win the War (肉を切らせて骨を断つ) – Japanese Proverb/Saying Tattoo Ideas

Kanji Tattoo designs for a Japanese proverb/saying ‘Lose the Battle to Win the War’(肉を切らせて骨を断つ)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 the Proverb ‘肉を切らせて骨を断つ’

This Japanese proverb can be broken down into these blocks

  • 肉を : flesh, meat
  • 切らせて : let him cut
  • 骨を : bone
  • 断つ : cut off

It means, ‘Let him cut my flesh and I will cut your bone off’. It dates back to the samurai era where you, at times, have to fight stronger opponent. Flesh can regenerate itself but once your flesh including bones is cut off, there’s no way you can put it back in those times. When you fight a stronger opponent, it means that you should be prepared to take the pain first to inflict more severe damage on your opponent. This is equivalent to the English proverb, ‘lose the battle but win the war’

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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