Survivor (生還者) – Brush Stroke Japanese Kanji For Tattoo

Japanese kanji symbols for ‘survivor’ (生還者) for your tattoo is available for instant download. The kanji symbols 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.

Kanji Tattoo Idea on forearm 'Survivor'
Style 2
Kanji Tattoo Idea on tricep 'Survivor'
Style 3

Explanations and Interpretations

Survivor is made up of 3 kanji below.

  • 生 : to live, live
  • 還 : to return,
  • 者 : a person

The first two kanji together, it means ‘to survive’ and putting the last kanji ‘person’ makes this word ‘survivor’. This word is for those who actively went to/through life-threatening situations for whatever reasons they may be (mission, task, duty, disease) and came back safe. In Japanese, there are 2 different terms for the word ‘survivor’. The other term is for those who passively got involved in life-threatening situations and survived. E.g those survived a plane crash, terrorist attack, genocide, deadliest disease. Click here for more details

No Machine Translations = No More Kanji Fail

Japanese symbols 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 . To help people get the right kanji and Japanese script tattoos, I started this online store  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, the file comes with both horizontal and vertical layout for your convenience and preference. Writing starts from left to right for horizontal lines whereas it is top to bottom for vertical lines.

Kanji Tattoo Example vertical Horizontal directions

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


As a rule of thumb,

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

Each script approximately fits in a 2cm (0.8inch) x 2cm grid or slightly bigger and, in general,  this size is suitable for fingers, the back of the neck and behind the ear tattoo.

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.

Nevertheless, please check with the example files.

If you are happy with the size of the letters and not do need to make it larger, then the “jpg” will do. But if you think you need 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
Japanese Kanji Tattoo Symbol for survivor
Vertical orientation
Survivor In Japanese Kanji for tattoo
Horizontal orientation

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  • Last Updated

    August 5, 2021

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  • Released

    February 21, 2021

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