Always remember the golden rule in getting a tattoo: Never use foreign language symbols without consulting an expert first! Famous pop icon Ariana Grande was in for a rude awakening on Tuesday after she revealed her fresh new tattoo and found out that it actually didn’t mean what it was supposed to mean. Following the success of her most recent single “7 Rings” (becoming the pop star’s second top single featured on Billboard Hot 100), Grande decided to get inked with Japanese Kanji characters as a means to celebrate her song. The song was inspired from a binge shopping experience together with her best friends and revolved mostly around abundance and lavish living.
“7 rings” in correct Japanese Kanji should be “七つの指輪”. Fortunately, Ariana managed to get this one right on the title card of the song’s music video. However, her tattoo that meant “Thank U, Next” went like this “七輪”. Kanji is a tricky language though, and you simply can’t mix different characters together and assume that they would retain the same meaning.
The pair of Kanji characters,“七” and “輪”, individually signify “seven” and “ring”, accordingly. However, if you put them together, they would create a completely new and different meaning. In actual translation,“七輪” or “shichirin” denotes a tiny charcoal BBQ grill in Japan. So apparently, Ariana Grande sports a tattoo on her left hand inspired from Japanese BBQ.
The Tattoo Up Close
It didn’t take long for people to notice Grande’s disastrous ink job and quickly responded with their own funny comments. The image was immediately removed from Ariana’s social media accounts but we all know that it would remain eternal thanks to a little trick called screen shot. The pop star eventually became aware of the real meaning of her Kanji tattoo but it appears that she doesn’t put too much thought on getting it changed.
“It hurt like fuck n still looks tight i wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao,” Grande wrote, “but this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if i miss it enough, i’ll suffer thru the whole thing next time.” She also joined in on the fun and said that she was a “huge fan of tiny bbq grills.”