Nihilism 4 Letter Zen Words/Idiom for Knuckle/Fingers Tattoo ‘No Eternal Prosperities’ In Japanese Kanji Script

4 letter words (Zen teaching) in Japanese Kanji script (盛者必衰: No eternal prosperities) for your tattoo is available for instant download. This is an excellent choice for knuckle/fingers, neck, and rib tattoo. The letters are available in 3 different writing styles for your preference. Created and verified by a native Japanese speaker. 100% accurate and Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.

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The phrase consists of 4 Kanji scripts and this is what is called ‘Yojijukugo’, four-character idiom.

What is Kanji ?

Kanji is one of the 3 Japanese writing systems. It is a set of symbols that represent words or concepts. Samurai’s 7 virtues are one of the most poplar Kanji tattoos that are simple yet have deep meanings

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There exists thousands of these four-character idioms and they are excellent source of word tattoo ideas.

4 Letter Kanji For Your Knuckle/Finger, Forearm Tattoo

4 character idioms are excellent choices for, but not limited to, finger/knuckle tattoos (arm, shoulder, neck, rib, behind the ear, etc) because they are; straight to the point, concise and neat, and have a nice ring to it. It’s almost as if you are having one (or perhaps more?) of those hanging scroll letters on your body for the rest of your life. Many of those 4 character idioms including Zen teachings are actually used to express themes, values, ambitions, resolutions, convictions, and way of life on their hanging scrolls.

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Meaning of Each Kanji Letters

The 4 letter words for ‘Nothing is permanent’ are made up of the 4 Kanji below.

  • 盛 : flourish, prosper
  • 者 : person
  • 必 : inevitable
  • 衰 : abate, decay

Literal translation will be something like ‘prosperous persons are inevitably abate in the end’. This phrase is like Zen doctrine/ethic as it teaches us; not to become complacent, arrogant (just because things are going well for you) and accept that anything can happen in a blink of an eye. Stay humble and modest.

No Machine Translations = No More Kanji Fail

Foreign lettering is exotic and can make great looking tattoos. Kanji tattoos are getting popular worldwide but as the saying goes ‘there’s no rose without a thorn’, kanji 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 . It’s an absolute honour that people opt for Kanji and Japanese letters as their script tattoos. I started this online store to help people get the right kanji tattoos. All letters here at 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, all download files with ‘4 Letter Words For Knuckle Tattoo‘ tag come with both horizontal and vertical layout for your convenience. Horizontal layout is suitable for your finger/knuckle tattoo and inner bicep tattoo while vertical layout is for arm (tricep, shoulder and sleep) tattoo. (Please see the examples above) It starts from left to right for horizontal lines whereas it is top to bottom for vertical lines.

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

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As a rule of thumb,

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

The 4 scripts in any download files with ‘4 Letter Words For Knuckle Tattoo‘ tag are approximately fits within a 2cm (0.8inch) x 8cm (3.14inch) frame or slightly bigger and, in general,  this size is suitable for finger tattoos and behind the ear tattoo.

4 letter word for finger tattoo sample

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.

4 letter word for finger tattoo sample

Nevertheless, please check with the example files.

If you are happy with the size of the letters (generally for fingers and behind the ear) and do not need to make it bigger, then the “jpg” is fine. But if you are looking 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)

3 different styles

You have 3 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 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

4 letter words for knuckle fingers


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    August 21, 2021

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