How many of you can accurately read Chinese? How do you know that every Chinese person in the world isn't laughing their ass off at you behind your back?
I joke about that with my nephew all the time. He has a tat that supposedly says 'Gifted' and I always tell him it says 'Conceited'.
I was lucky, I had family documents that had the actual symbol for our name on them, so I knew that it was accurate. But I agree with you 100% and wouldn't trust what's on the wall.
If the decision is because it makes you unique, it probably doesn't.
I was fortunate enough to be able to draw all my own tats, so I'm 100% positive that I was the first to have these. Now whether or not someone came by the shop I got mine done at and saw the pictures the artists had taken of the final product and wanted the same thing, I can't control. But I agree that if you're taking a design from a studio, odds are there has been at least one other person that has done it before you.
Make it personal and meaningful to yourself.
I couldn't have said it better myself. Very well put.