An update about Ariana Grande’s misspelled Kanji palm tattoo: She tried to fix it, but kind of made it worse!
Quick recap: Ariana Grande yesterday posted a photo showing off her new palm tattoo, which was meant to read “7 Rings” in tribute to her record-breaking single, but which instead read “BBQ grill.”
Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ music video featured the correct Japanese translation of “7 Rings”: 七つの指輪. Separately, the kanji character 七 means “seven,” and 輪 means “hoop”/”circle”/”ring.” But when put together, 七輪 (shichirin) just means “small charcoal grill.”
People were not pleased.
I still have a hard time understanding why ANYONE would get a tattoo in a language they don’t speak/aren’t connected to through heritage or even location. Literally what is the point? Y’all can defend Ariana Grande all you want but she low key dumb af— Ari ? (@arikvash) January 30, 2019
so ariana grande decides to get a tattoo in chinese but appropriates japanese aesthetics to promote her songs............... hmmm something isn’t adding up......... pick just one culture to appropriate girlie— kathy (@kathyfng) January 30, 2019
ariana grande BEEN gross the woman has practically been doing blackface for months and now she's getting dumb tattoos in japanese and putting japanese words on her merch that DON'T EVEN MATCH UP WITH what she's trying to say??? why are y'all letting this slide— lauren (@korglovebot) January 30, 2019
i think u should all view this ariana grande situation as a valuable lesson . dont get tattoos in languages u dont fluently speak. better yet . dont use languages as an aesthetic— ً (@tenphobe) January 30, 2019
After the Internet reacted with an onslaught of mockery and criticism, the pop star deleted photo evidence of the ink from her social media and spent last night figuring out how to “fix” the tattoo with the help of her “tutor,” a process she shared to her IG Story.
Grande’s tutor told her to add the Kanji character for “finger” (指) in between and above the original tattoo.
Grande posted a photo of the updated tattoo to her Instagram story, and alongside the revelation that her doctor gave her a shot of lidocaine to endure the pain, the post revealed that she’d added the new character directly underneath the symbol for seven (七) rather than above and in between the two existing characters—meaning that her tattoo (“七輪指♡”) now roughly translates to “Japanese BBQ finger ♡”.
(Japanese is read vertically from top to bottom and also read right to left, meaning that in order to actually read ‘7 Rings’ the new symbol should have been added above the original tattoo, as per Grande’s tutor’s suggestion).
Why... how... now Ariana’s tattoo reads “Japanese BBQ finger” ? pic.twitter.com/zC2LxSKJtI— Eimi Yamamitsu | 山光瑛美 (@eimiyamamitsu) January 31, 2019
“RIP tiny charcoal grill. Miss you man. I actually really liked you,” Grande wrote.