Sweeter Than Honey

Posted on: Saturday, April 10th, 2010 0 comments

“Sweeter than honey” is a commonly used Arabic expression. In plain text: أحلى من العسل (aHla min al-3asal) And here are two Arabic tattoo designs of this phrase using two different fonts:   If you want more designs of this phrase, you can hire me for a custom Arabic tattoo … Continue reading

Arabic Calligraphy Design: Poetess

Posted on: Saturday, April 10th, 2010 5 comments

Recently, I received a request from a potential client for a crescent-shaped tattoo design of “poetess” (woman poet). The order didn’t materialize in the end but I went ahead and did a preliminary design anyways. Here is the result:     In plain text: شاعرة Note that a lot of … Continue reading

Heart Of The Ocean – Arabic Calligraphy

Posted on: Monday, February 22nd, 2010 7 comments

Apparently, the “Heart of the Ocean” is a fictional blue diamond used in the film Titanic (though I must confess I have never seen the movie). One of my readers requested a design for this name, so I made one right here: In plain text: قلب المحيط (qalb al-muHeeT).

Oh Mountain – Wind Will Not Shake You

Posted on: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 2 comments

A reader of this blog sent me the following message: Hi Arabic Genie … noticed your blog & was very impressed .. saw that you translated in arabic for people… not too good with computers so didnt know how to post but noticed an email address .. There is a … Continue reading

Mysterious Arabic Calligraphy

Posted on: Monday, February 8th, 2010 3 comments

Today I received an e-mail from a reader of this blog who is struggling to decipher a piece of Arabic calligraphy. Here are the picture and the e-mail: Hi I’m planning on getting a tattoo. I have found this design but I don’t know what it says. I have even … Continue reading

New Life – Arabic Calligraphy

Posted on: Friday, February 5th, 2010 10 comments

Here are five calligraphies I made of حياة جديدة (Hayaat djadeeda), or “new life”. New Life No. 1: New Life No. 2: New Life No. 3: New Life No. 4: New Life No. 5:

Rachel in Arabic

Posted on: Friday, January 22nd, 2010 0 comments

Here is the name “Rachel” in Arabic. “Rachael” with an “a” is just the same, because the pronunciation is the same. You might be interested to know that there are four more designs for “Rachel” in my Arabic Tattoos book, as well as designs for around 120 more male and … Continue reading

Arabic Tattoo – Fighter

Posted on: Sunday, January 10th, 2010 5 comments

I’ve received a few requests for the Arabic translation of the word “fighter”. As always, there are many possible translations and I just want to give a brief overview of some of them. The word مقاتل (muqaatil) derives from the root قتل (q-t-l), but does not necessarily imply “fight to … Continue reading

Compassion In Arabic

Posted on: Monday, January 4th, 2010 5 comments

Randa asked for the translation of “compassion” in Arabic. There are quite a number of Arabic words that have the meaning of “compassion”, for example: الرأفة (ar-ra’fa) الشفقة (ash-shafaqa) الحنان (al-Hanaan) However, the most standard way of translating compassion is probably الرحمة (ar-raHma). Below is this word in three different … Continue reading

Love Hate Calligraphy

Posted on: Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 9 comments

Through Tarek Atrissi’s excellent blog I cam accross this piece of Arabic calligraphy here that says “love hate” in Arabic: The design is written with ornamental decorations. What some might disregard as doodles underneath the writings actually consists of a repetition of exactly the same two words – “love hate”. … Continue reading

Time Heals All Wounds

Posted on: Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 17 comments

Yazmin requested a translation of the English proverb “time heals all wounds” into Arabic. I’m unaware of any proverb that is similar in Arabic, so in this case a more or less direct translation is a viable alternative In fact one of the Arab readers of this blog confirmed that … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Posted on: Friday, January 1st, 2010 0 comments

May I take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very happy and prosperous new year 2010! سنة سعيدة وكل عام وأنتم بخير (sana sa3eeda wa kull 3aam wa antum bi-khayr)

More Christmas Stuff

Posted on: Thursday, December 24th, 2009 3 comments

Ok, as you might know, one of my pet peeves is to find disconnected letters when people try to write Arabic – tattoos, in movies, or now on pullovers. This is the picture I found on CafePress when I was looking for some Christmas-related merchandise: What they were trying to … Continue reading

Merry Christmas in Arabic

Posted on: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 2 comments

As we are fast approaching Christmas and its associated festivities, it might be both interesting and useful to take a look at a few Arabic words and phrases surrounding the celebrations. So read on to discover how to say Merry Christmas in Arabic! What Christians are celebrating on Christmas is … Continue reading

“Believe” In Arabic

Posted on: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 13 comments

Maggie sent me the following question in a blog comment: keefakkk my name is maggie (ghaleb) just want to make sure of something… getting my 3th arabic tattoo! (proud to be libanease!) its the word believe (faith) in the way, i believe i will get trough this, or i believe … Continue reading

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