Richard points to his favourite weblogs of 2004 (thanks for the honourable mention). Among them is Hanzi Smatter, a blog whose sole purpose is to identify the true meaning of kanji characters in Western culture. Mostly, he clarifies the meanings of tattoos (such as this one).
I’ve written before about impulse tattoo purchases, and this email from a tattoo artist confirms my suspicions:
I have been a tattoo artist for 8 yrs. and will tell you why. A kanji is the cheapest thing that you can get at the tattoo parlor. For the most part they require no thought and are chosen on impulse right before getting tattooed. Most of the people who get these tattoos don’t care what it is, they just want to be “cool”.
Richard also nails the feast-or-famine writings of Dave Pollard.