Tattoos have existed for as long as humans. In ancient Egypt, slaves were tattooed to differentiate them from non-slaves. Today, even if tattoos are considered awesome, there are some people who need tattoo cover up makeup to hide the body art from their elders and curious onlookers. Not everyone accepts tattoos as unique art.
For centuries, people would use foreign words on body art for social significance or sophistication. Even if the words are visually dazzling, Britannica calls them beautiful gibberish. In the past, travellers from Victorian England would go to Japan to collect indelible ski souvenirs as reminders of their journey to Japan. Until now, some Westerners still go to Japan to have tattoos.
Foreign language tattoos have become prevalent but errors on the designs have also become widespread. Apart from a vague sense of worldly sophistication, people get those foreign-sounding tattoos for complex reasons that include rebellion, self-expression, individual or group identity, cultural tradition or simply a spur-of-the-moment decision.
Chinese is popular language for tattoos among Western people. They do not speak the language but they like its exoticism. There are also Arabic tattoos which can be puzzling for a casual observer. In the West, Arabic tattoos can be threatening whereas Latin tattoos signify high culture elitism.
Linguistic accuracy must be considered when choosing permanent skin tattoos because if it fails, you have to live with the indelible mark or pay a high price to have it removed. However, even if the design is wrong, it still exemplifies a human search for significance. Having access to something foreign that goes beyond the locality is still grand.
While not everyone will prefer a foreign-sunding tattoo, there is still a certain magic to the foreign words like carpe diem or esprit de corps. People know the meaning but still it is more aesthetically creative and striking.
If you do not want your tattoo to become too obvious in a certain situation, use tattoo cover up makeup that matches perfectly with the skin tone. When it is completely waterproof, you are more confident of a temporary cover that will not rub off easily when you sweat or when the skin gets wet.