Saturday, January 11, 2014

Translated by: Nasta & Gise
Edited by: Mari & Gise

New tattoos (after leaving PSC)

Left arm

A Kanji created by Miyavi himself concisting of 「弾」 & 「斬」. The first meaning 「to play the guitar」 and the second 「to kill using a blade」. It's the perfect depiction of a Samurai Guitarist.

Left arm (no image)

"Born from love, and forever shall it lie beside you. / 
Always share the fruits of happiness with all whom may ever cross your path."

Right arm

「奏」 to play music

Right wrist

「二千十一三十一」 "2011-03-11" - the date of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

Right leg

「粋」 meaning 「sophisticated」, 「chic」, 「stylish」, 「refined」. Might refer to JGlam, the philosophy being 『Always be GLAMOROUS & Sophisticated in Style』 or to his name 「雅」 meaning 「elegant」 (or both, of course) Thank you @grand_jete_ for figuring out what kanji it is.


「音」 & 「力」, meaning 「the power/strenght of sound」


「李」, Miyavi’s Korean last name 「Lee」 or 「Li」.

Old tattoos (before leaving PSC)


ΜΨΩ=MYV / 3 = 三 = mitsu; 8 = 八 = yatsu; 2 = 二 = futatsu

Left shoulder

「俺」- [ore] – boastful first-person pronoun (masculine)

Left forearm spiral

“Close your heart to every love but mine; hold no one in your arms but me.”

Left arm

「空即是色」- [kuu soku ze shiki] – line from the Heart Sutra: “Emptiness is nothing more than body.”

Left arm

「在然」- [zai zen] – to be oneself

Left arm

「一生涯凡人也」- [isshougai bonzin (=bonnin) nari] – “All my life I’m just a man.”

Left arm

4 – in Japanese numeral 4 reads like [shi], the same reading can also be 死 (death)

Left wrist

「凛」- [rin] – Dignity

Right shoulder (left picture) & right forearm (right picture)

「我」- [ware] – first-person pronoun

Right inner arm

“More haste, less speed.”

Right upper arm

「天上天下唯雅独尊」 [Tenjou tenge yuiga dokuson] 
'There is no one above or below me'*
Originally 「天上天下唯我独尊」, but miyavi has changed ‘我’ into ‘雅’, the same kanji as in his stage name and first name.
Zen Buddhist statement uttered by the Buddha Siddhārtha after his enlightment. Possible translation of original phrase: 'Above heaven, under heaven, I alone am worthy of honor'
MIYAVI's first tattoo, meant to remind himself to face himself face on, to show his resolve to not stop playing music, and to not let himself be beating by anyone, even his weaker self.*

*From Tattoo Tribal Magazine Vol.44

Right arm

「色即是空」- [shiki soku ze kuu] – a line from The Heart Sutra “Body is nothing more than emptiness.”

Right arm

9 – in Japanese numeral 9 reads like [ku], the same reading can also be 苦 (Suffering)

Right wrist

“Dué le quartz” (MIYAVI's old band)




Chest: 「不退転」- [futaiten] – determination, conviction


“Don’t hesitate & Go” – a line from miyavi’s song “POP is Dead”


Buddhist heart sutra

This is the Buddhist Heart Sutra (or Heart of Perfect Wisdom Sutra)


“Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, meditating deeply on Perfection of Wisdom, saw clearly that the five aspects of human existence are empty*, and so released himself from suffering. Answering the monk Sariputra, he said this:

Body is nothing more than emptiness, emptiness is nothing more than body.
The body is exactly empty, and emptiness is exactly body.
The other four aspects of human existence — feeling, thought, will, and consciousness — are likewise nothing more than emptiness, and emptiness nothing more than they.

All things are empty:
Nothing is born, nothing dies, nothing is pure, nothing is stained, nothing increases and nothing decreases.

So, in emptiness, there is no body, no feeling, no thought, no will, no consciousness.
There are no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind.
There is no seeing, no hearing, no smelling, no tasting, no touching, no imagining.
There is nothing seen, nor heard, nor smelled, nor tasted, nor touched, nor imagined.

There is no ignorance, and no end to ignorance.
There is no old age and death, and no end to old age and death.
There is no suffering, no cause of suffering, no end to suffering, no path to follow.
There is no attainment of wisdom, and no wisdom to attain.

The Bodhisattvas rely on the Perfection of Wisdom, and so with no delusions, they feel no fear, and have Nirvana here and now.

All the Buddhas, past, present, and future, rely on the Perfection of Wisdom, and live in full enlightenment.

The Perfection of Wisdom is the greatest mantra.
It is the clearest mantra, the highest mantra, the mantra that removes all suffering.

This is truth that cannot be doubted.
Say it so:



[1] The Heart Sutra translation can be found HERE.

Heart Sutra Wiki (Japanese)
More information about Avalokiteśvara can be found HERE.


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