Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Saturday, July 20

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Kanji, Japanese caligraphic symbols, are increasingly popular for tattoos, typically among people who can't read them. The Tribune recently took a look at the kanji tattooed on six people and had a researcher at the Japanese consulate translate them. Their owners would not be pleased. [via signal vs. noise] (Interestingly, this same article appeared a year ago in Columbia College's Echo magazine.)

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