Nothing shouts hipster literary genius like a little Eastern philosophy tattooed across your back. And a few lines from Confucius on the nape of your neck definitely gives you some street cred. Japanese characters are beautiful, and there's nothing wrong with getting something from a different culture that you find meaningful. Just make sure you don't choose fashion over form and pick something simply because it looks neat. You really need to know what all those symbols mean before permanently etching them into your body. That African tribal symbol may look groovy planted on your bicep, but if it means "one who lies with goats," the joke is on you.