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Subject: What language is this?
Question: http://tattoosstyles.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/spine-tattoo-3.jpg

What language is this and what does this phrase mean? If you don't
know, how would I go about finding the answer to my questions?
Thanks.

Reply: I'm hoping one of my colleagues will have an answer. I am stumped.
My best guess is that It could be a Middle Eastern script or an Indic one (i.e. South
Asian or Southeast Asian). I have a suspicion that it is using vowel marks... but it's not
a guarantee.

One place to look at different scripts is Omniglot - http://www.omniglot.com
However, this tattoo may be a very calligraphic style.

I do have to add that non-Western script tattoos are notorious for being inaccurate.
There are blogs devoted to mistranslated tattoos.

If this is an interest in getting a tattoo, I would recommend looking at information
about non-Western calligraphic styles and seeing what designs are available. The
translations are likely to be more accurate.

Ideally, you would want to check with a native speaker also, or at least Wikipedia.

Sincerely hope this helps.
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
 
Date: 10-Jan-2014
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: What language is this?    Norvin Richards     (10-Jan-2014)
  2. Re: What language is this?    James L Fidelholtz     (10-Jan-2014)

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