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Photo of the day: Justin’s Song (怂)

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This week’s photo theme is: Bad Chinese Tattoos. Self-explanatory.

Hate to pick on The Bieb, but he kind of lobs us a softball to kick this series off. Designer Crystal Wang writes of the confusion that can creep in when A-listers like Justin get the urge to scrawl some good-intentioned but ultimately bad Chinese on their bodies:

In the above picture, we see Justin Bieber’s short lived Chinese tattoo. Although 从心 [congxin] means “follow your heart” normally, when the characters are placed on top of each other, it actually is a different word all together. It says 怂 [song], which is actually a mild derogatory expletive.

Oof. Read more:

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