No Pain No Gain (苦は楽の種) – Japanese Proverb/Saying Tattoo Ideas

Kanji Tattoo designs for a Japanese proverb/saying ‘No Pain No Gain’ (苦は楽の種) 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.

Style 1

Literal Meaning of the Proverb ‘苦は楽の種’

This Japanese proverb can be broken down into these blocks

  • 苦は : pain
  • 楽: joy, happiness, ease
  • の : of
  • 種 : seed

It means ‘Pain is the seed of ease. So technically, this saying is not exactly ‘No pain No gain’ but if I am to do the literal translation, that sentence would sound cheap and not really cool. I have a post on why I recommend conveying the sense of sentence rather than literal translations.

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

This Japanese saying means that ‘If you can overcome the pain you are facing right now, you will be stronger and able to handle the same pain with ease’. This quote is also an equivalent to the Napoleon Hill’s

Within every adversity is the seed to an equal or greater benefit

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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