Sanskrit is one of the oldest language in the world, and Sanskrit tattoos have enjoyed a recent surge in popularity not unlike Kanji and Chinese character tattoos have enjoyed for years. Celebrity interest in Sanskrit tattoos has been on the rise, with Gillian Anderson, Tommy Lee and Jessica Alba all sporting Sanskrit ink. Singer Rihanna recently made tattoo headlines by getting a Sanskrit tattoo that she intended to say “forgiveness, honesty, suppression, and control.” Recently, however, a Sanskrit expert has remarked that the tattoo was spelled incorrectly.
Some Hindus and other Sanskrit specialists have used this unfortunate misspelling urge tattoo artists to learn more about Sanskrit before tattooing the language on a client. Hindu statesman Raja Zed has issued a statement calling for the creation of a basic curriculum that would serve to introduce tattoo artists to basic Sanskrit language concepts, the script, and even the philosophy behind the Sanskrit. Zed has even offered to provide the resources necessary for a serious study of the language.