I played this game called Sleeping Dogs that I really loved! It took place in Hong Kong and the main character Wei Shen has this tattoo on his arm that I thought would be cool to have. After doing some research I was told this was Seal Script and was not commonly used among the Chinese people. I would like some help deciphering this please and thank you!

Tattoo worn by Wei Shen in Sleeping Dogs


A picture of a cosplayer as well as another tattoo the character has which may add some context



  • Errmm..maybe someone who has played the game would have better insight. From the characters I could decipher, I haven't been able to make a coherent phrase yet...
    – dROOOze
    Mar 25, 2019 at 11:52
  • @droooze, come on, you can; read vertically :) Mar 25, 2019 at 12:25
  • @MiguelBailon Is this the actual tattoo on his arm? Or is this some fan-art imitation?
    – dROOOze
    Mar 25, 2019 at 12:43
  • This was pulled from the official website thats no longer there due too the game developers going out of business. I might add screenshots of his arm to the question, thanks for trying :). (By the way, the woman in the middle is his sister who passed away, maybe that will help?) Mar 26, 2019 at 9:49
  • @MiguelBailon ah okay. If I may venture a guess (before I see the tattoo on his arm): these characters are just for artistic flair, and don't actually say anything. Even from the characters identified, I can't find a coherent phrase that suggests the tattoo is saying something meaningful.
    – dROOOze
    Mar 26, 2019 at 14:20

2 Answers 2


Draft decipherment:

鹿右X各 XXX以

瓜孔豕X亞 受X止而弟

X月子 X水東君

  - Uncertain characters

X - can't read

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Neither of the tattoos say something legible, in my opinion. The characters are for artistic flair.

  • @水巷孑蠻 I don't think this text says anything....looks like nonsense
    – dROOOze
    Mar 25, 2019 at 12:36
  • i agreed with your finding, and, can't grep any meaning from it :( Mar 25, 2019 at 14:36
  • Tragic, thank you for taking the time to help! Mar 27, 2019 at 7:55

at frist glance, the right part:


i'm watching movie at this moment, would decipher the rest later:)

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