Japanese Saying For Spine Tattoo ‘Still Water Runs Deep’ In Brush Stroke Japanese Letters

A Japanese Saying ‘能ある鷹は爪を隠す (Competent Hawks hide their talons Still Water Runs Deep)’ is available for instant download. The length of the saying is suitable for spine tattoo as well as on the ribs for guys. The design is 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.

Japanese Saying in Kanji and Hiragana Letter Tattoo on Rib
Style 1
Japanese Spine / Back Tattoo in Kanji and Hiragana Letters
Style 2

Japanese Saying ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’ for spine tattoo

This Japanese saying can be divided into these blocks

  • 能ある : capable, competent, smart, clever
  • 鷹は : hawks
  • 爪を : talons,
  • 隠す : hide

Literal translation will be something like ’Clever and Competent hawks hide / never show off their talons.’ and this saying is used for someone who is competent but never brag about his/her own skills and stay modest and humble.

Since this has 9 letters and commonly written vertically, it is suitable for spine or rib tattoo. As to the size of the letters, you have either jpg or pdf file to choose from.  Please read on for more details

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.

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


All letters in any file with ‘Proverbs‘ tag fits in a 22cm (8.66inch) x 8cm (3.14inch) frame. Depending on the number of letters, the size of each letter varies to match the sentence to the vertical limit of 22 cm and they may not fill the entire frame horizontally. New line starts after certain syllables if necessary or appropriate to do so (Please see the example image at the end of this page to see how it is laid out for this particular product)

Verse Tattoo Example

Please select the pdf version if you want to resize the letters to your perfect needs as it is illustrator-editable and resize-friendly. Your tattoo artist can make it bigger or smaller with no problem.

Here are the example files for your reference.

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

Japanese Saying for Spine Tattoo, Still water runs deep.


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  • Last Updated

    July 18, 2021

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  • Released

    November 23, 2020

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