Chinese Or Japanese Characters?
If you are wanting to get a tattoo made up of Chinese or Japanese characters it is important that you get the text/characters from a source you can trust. Who has not seen that article about the young guy who got a tat of his name don't in Chinese characters as a spur of the moment thing only to find out a few weeks after he has got it done that it did not really mean his name is meant something much nastier.
Chinese Tattoo Symbols
So the moral of the stories is if you are going for a Chinese tattoo symbols tat or a Japanese one get it from someone you trust.
Another important thing is to understand all of the meanings of the word you are wanting to get. You might ask someone to give you the Chinese or Japanese translation of 'Sexy Thing' for instance but an important step of the research part of getting your tattoo is to then ask a few people, once you have a written copy of the tat you want, to translate the word back into English and ask them for all the possible meanings of the word, no matter how obscure.
You will be surprised how many different things the one Chinese or Japanese word can mean in English and it is even more important that you know before you get your tat what all those different meanings are.