I spent the first 21 years of my life in Beijing, the capital of mainland China, where I was educated privately at some of the best schools in the country. I have lived in the UK for 5 years where I attended University.
Being fluent in both Chinese and English AND living in an English speaking country means that I am able to select Chinese characters for your tattoo which are linguistically accurate and culturally appropriate.
So that I can get an accurate idea of the message which you want to convey with your tattoo, I will ask you to complete a very brief on-line personal questionnaire containing 7 key questions.
By analyzing your responses
I will build a mental picture of which characters will be most
appropriate for your tattoo. If I feel I need further clarification
then I may email you and ask for more details.
Once I have selected the most appropriate Chinese characters for your tattoo I create a personalized 'Customized Chinese Characters for Tattoos Pack' for you and send it via email.
It's important to note that I don't use any fancy software or an automated robot to do this work. Each and every customer receives my full personal attention.
Once payment is received, you will be emailed a link to the questionnaire within minutes. This part of the process is automatic so even if you place your order in the middle of the night, you will still be able to answer the 7 key questions right away.
As soon as I receive your completed personal questionnaire I start work on selecting the best Chinese characters for your tattoo. It usually takes me less than a day to complete and send your 'Customized Chinese Characters for Tattoos Pack'. At busy times. especially Christmas and summer holidays when there is always a rush on, it may take up to 2 weeks but if your requirement is urgent, just let me know and I'll do my very best to meet your deadline.
Yes. This option is included in the on-line questionnaire. Many people ask for their name or the name of their loved one.
Yes. This option is included in the on-line questionnaire. Translations of popular sayings and mottos are often asked for and I am happy to oblige.
I provide one month's free email support with every purchase so that you can ask questions about the chinese characters I have chosen for your tattoo.
No. I do not create tattoo designs. The service I provide is to recommend suitable Chinese Characters for your tattoo artist to incorporate into your chosen design. If you are unsure of exactly what I mean, please request a free sample by submitting the form at the top left hand side of this web page.
Definitely one-off. When you purchase from me I will take a single payment for the purchase amount using PayPal. I will never make further charges.
I offer a full money back guarantee because I want you to be not just happy but *delighted* with your purchase.
Like many Chinese people I take a long-term view of business and want to ensure my reputation as an ethical trader is enhanced. Whilst it is true that some people might take advantage of my good nature by asking for a refund and then going ahead and using my suggestions anyway whilst keep my bonus products, I am prepared to risk it for the long-term good of my reputation. There will always be some cheaters but my belief is that that most people are honest.
It is worth noting that so far I have never been asked for a refund and many of my customers make multiple purchases and refer me to their friends. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions from that.
I am able to offer such attractive prices because, unlike some other companies, I have very low overheads. Apart from the money which I spend on advertising and website hosting, there are very few outgoings. Also, because I have no staff and do all the work myself, I don't have to write paychecks, so I can pass these savings on to you.
NO. So please don't ask. I'm sorry to be so emphatic and I don't wish to be rude but I get about a *dozen* emails a day saying things like "Hey, Athena great site, can you translate my girlfriend's name Jenny into Chinese for free?". The answer is no, I don't work for free.
It can take me as long as two hours to do the research needed to produce a translation for a paying customer. It would not be fair on people who have paid for me to become distracted doing freebies for cheapskates.
Whilst I am passionate about what I do, this is my job, not my hobby. My prices are very competitive and I guarantee you'll be more than satisfied with the results. You wouldn't go into a restaurant and ask for a free meal so please don't ask me for a free translation.