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Default Does anyone speak fluent German? or can help me with a tattoo design?

hey all

i have an idea for a tattoo and i need it translated into German, and i dont want to go through a translate engine, i want to have perfect spelling, punctuation etc etc.

heres what i have in mind:

"Strike while the iron is hot"

im thinking of having a skeleton beating metal on an anvil while there is flames going up around the whole thing, with the script going around the anvil

with this kinda of pose going:






also i dont know what font i should use

http://www.1001fonts.com/old-german-fonts.html

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Ja. Isht ein bad idea to get zee German tattoo if you're not German, ja? People might think you vant ein little shquare moustache to go vith it. Zee neo-nazis, they ruin shit like zis for zee rest of us.

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Ja. Isht ein bad idea to get zee German tattoo if you're not German, ja? People might think you vant ein little shquare moustache to go vith it. Zee neo-nazis, they ruin shit like zis for zee rest of us.
not sure if you are being serious or not XD, but if people think that they are fucking stupid.

@TechPr1est I am asking a German friend of mine right now. do you want the Literal translation or the German version of the saying?

EDIT: the literal translation would be "das Eisen schmieden, solange es heiß ist"
two German sayings that approximate the same meaning are "Das Eisen schmieden, solange es heiss ist." literally translated "Forge the iron while it's still hot."
and "Schmiede, wenn das Eisen glüht" literally translated "forge, when the iron glows."

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I actually am being super serious. I know several people who got some very cool tattoos in German who periodically have aryan brotherhood types come up and be like "Oh man that's fuckin' sweet yo, let me show you my swastika tattoos!" May just be a US thing. I don't know.

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I actually am being super serious. I know several people who got some very cool tattoos in German who periodically have aryan brotherhood types come up and be like "Oh man that's fuckin' sweet yo, let me show you my swastika tattoos!" May just be a US thing. I don't know.
I find that far too easy to believe as well.......


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but if people think that they are fucking stupid.
People do, and they're fucking stupid too.

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May just be a US thing. I don't know.
Unfortunately not

Dumbass-ery aside, I've never felt it was a good idea to get tattoos in languages that you aren't fluent in. It isn't so much being 'caught' with a tattoo that doesn't jive with my nationality (like I give a fuck about this ) but rather that words flow differently in other languages. There might be some awesome old-school saying that means exactly what you want in fewer words and with more style, similar to Haskanael's second suggestion for the translation.

Ultimately though, anyone can get any tattoo they want wherever they want for whatever reasons make them want that tattoo and that's awesome for them.

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Ignore the Jew. he doesn't like germans as a pretty standard thing.



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Actually im studying to become fluent in German, i am nearly at an intermediate stage but im not 100% on spelling and punctuation, so i came to you guys for help.


and i love this one:
Das Eisen schmieden, solange es heiss ist.
Forge the iron while it's still hot.

thank you @Haskanael

and i have never seen a skin head over here in Aus.

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Actually im studying to become fluent in German, i am nearly at an intermediate stage but im not 100% on spelling and punctuation, so i came to you guys for help.


and i love this one:
Das Eisen schmieden, solange es heiss ist.
Forge the iron while it's still hot.

thank you @Haskanael

and i have never seen a skin head over here in Aus.
glad I could help, would love to see the end result once you got it
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Ignore the Jew. he doesn't like germans as a pretty standard thing.
My heritage is 95% German. I definitely didn't say anything about not liking Germans. Ironically, some of the most staunch defenders of the Jewish people these days tend to be the Germans.

I was pointing out what I thought was a pretty obvious shortfall in someone not from Germany getting a tattoo in German. I have customers who gripe to me about how into Norse mythology they are and how they can't get tattoos of a lot of that stuff because the fucking skinheads have turned all that stuff into code, and the suggested tattoo above has a motto that, coupled with a skeleton, could probably be mistaken as some nazi shit. 'Scuse me for trying to be helpful.

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