by Not Asking If It’s Three Or Nine

Chinese Information:刺青


Year: 2018

Genre: BL, Adapted to Drama CD Artists Calm Protagonist Charming Protagonist Confident Protagonist Couple Growth Determined Protagonist Devoted Love Interests Handsome Male Lead Manly Gay Couple Mature Protagonist Modern Day Older Love Interests Past Plays a Big Role Past Trauma Playful Protagonist Proactive Protagonist Protagonist Falls in Love First Quiet Characters Slow Romance Wealthy Characters

Novel Status in Country of Origin: 48 Chapters, 4 extras (Complete)

Translator: Addis


~~~~Brought to you by ExR~~~~


Happy 6th-year Anniversary ExR!

Thank you all for the love and support over the years. This year we did another full novel for the celebration. The novel chosen was Tattoo! This is because the old Chrysanthemum translation was taken down and since it is one of my favorite novels, I did a re translation so that newer readers can experience it for themselves. Do note that my version is different from the old version as I have 6 extra chapters that have never been translated as well as several sex scenes that were omitted from the previous translation. I hope you guys like this novel~

I’ve also included a link to all of the fan art and images I have found that I liked for the novel.


On the night of Xiao Ke’s thirtieth birthday, he shared a table while drinking. The person he shared the table with was a cool man who fit all of his aesthetic desires. It was practically love at first sight.

He was thirty; he had reached that age where he was no longer the awkward twenty-something youth. He would pursue the one he liked without hesitation, no questions asked.

“I want you to give me a tattoo. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”


Tattoo Chapter 1: Happy birthday, may you always be as charming and naive as you once were.

Tattoo Chapter 2: Zhou Zui——Zui as in sin.

Tattoo Chapter 3: “Come on, we split up a long time ago.”

Tattoo Chapter 4: “Tattoo artist, right? I know one.”

Tattoo Chapter 5: If you know each other, you know each other, if you don’t know each other, forget it.

Tattoo Chapter 6: “Seriously, I’m interested.”

Tattoo Chapter 7: “Boss Zhou, it’s been a while since I’ve pursued somebody. But when I was young……I’ve never failed at getting someone I wanted.”

Tattoo Chapter 8: “Don’t waste your time brother, you really don’t have a chance.”

Tattoo Chapter 9: “You are not allowed to say that about my idol.”

Tattoo Chapter 10: “Professor Xiao. Forget about the flowers.”

Tattoo Chapter 11: “Have you ever had a boyfriend, Warrior Zhou?”

Tattoo Chapter 12: Zhou Zui’s jacket was too warm, like being clad in a warm sun from head to toe.

Tattoo Chapter 13: “He’s not drinking,” Zhou Zui said lightly with one hand on the back of his chair, “I’ll do it.”

Tattoo Chapter 14: “Professor Xiao, you’re on earth, I’m in hell.”

Tattoo Chapter 15: “…Professor Xiao will protect you.”

Tattoo Chapter 16: “In the future, tell him to look forward ….there is no turning back, don’t look back.”

Tattoo Chapter 17: “I’m not looking for you, I’m looking for Zhou Zui.”

Tattoo Chapter 18: “You do not have a false heart Zhou Zui? Do you also want to make friends? Do you have that kind of life?”

Tattoo Chapter 19: “Merry Christmas, Mr. Zhou. Happy birthday.”

Tattoo Chapter 20: Xiao Ke’s eyes dropped

Tattoo Chapter 21: “Then paint me a bouquet of flowers, I want roses too.”

Tattoo Chapter 22: Zhou Zui turned around and walked away

Tattoo Chapter 23: “You are, absolutely are. I love you so much.”

Tattoo Chapter 24: Meeting one paranoid person is enough fucking shitty luck for a lifetime.

Tattoo Chapter 25: “Mn, you can try.”

Tattoo Chapter 26: Good night my darling

Tattoo Chapter 27: He used to call ‘Mr. Lin’ with an upturned voice, but now he laughed and called ‘Teacher Zhou’.

Tattoo Chapter 28: “Happy New Year, sweetheart.”

Tattoo Chapter 29: “You are my 30th birthday present.”

Tattoo Chapter 30: “I am giving you New Year’s money. It’s for Professor Xiao’s peace and quiet.”

Tattoo Chapter 31: “Is this because you miss me, Teacher Zhou?”

Tattoo Chapter 32: “This is my leader.”

Tattoo Chapter 33: “If you like me, do you want to be Professor Xiao’s family?”

Tattoo Chapter 34: Zhou Zui wanted to confirm the relationship from the beginning, never wanted to hide, but also could not give up.

Tattoo Chapter 35: “Shut up! Just shut up. Will you stop thinking about him?”

Tattoo Chapter 36: I can give up on my principles, but I can’t give up on my Teacher Zhou.

Tattoo Chapter 37: “I’m a top, would Teacher Zhou let me?” (NSFW)

Tattoo Chapter 38: “Then you think about Teacher Xiao every day before you go to bed.”

Tattoo Chapter 39: It was not only alcohol that made people lose control, but also Xiao Ke who was moved by emotions.

Tattoo Chapter 40: “I missed you, Professor Xiao.”

Tattoo Chapter 41: “I hope Professor Xiao is happy forever and spontaneous after any choice.”

Tattoo Chapter 42: Like the heart pounding when you are young, every bone in your body is expressing your feelings.

Tattoo Chapter 43: Are you and my big brother sleeping in the same bed?

Tattoo Chapter 44: Xiao Ke hooked the corners of his mouth, wet fingers traced a line in the small of Zhou Zui’s back, his voice was low and husky, “…. Tiger line.”

Tattoo Chapter 45: “You’ve been on a roll lately, huh Zhou Zui?”

Tattoo Chapter 46: –I’m not going to give you a hard time tonight, so I’ll ask forgiveness when you’re not angry. I’m sorry.

Tattoo Chapter 47: “Don’t be afraid baby, I’m Xiao Ke.”

Tattoo Chapter 48: “Sin”

Tattoo Chapter 49: Extra (Lu Xiaobei’s Lin Cheng)

Tattoo Chapter 50: Extra 2

Tattoo Chapter 51: Extra 3

Tattoo Chapter 52: Extra 4 [END]

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March 1, 2023 4:09 am

Thank you for taking up this project 🙂 I am very excited to reread this work.

March 6, 2023 5:30 am

Really enjoying this. Thank you.
Wished you all Happy Anniversary on Ch1 Post, but doing so again here 🤗 🎊🥂🍾

March 18, 2023 5:53 am

I can’t thank you enough for picking up this novel. This novel is kind of my soul food when I’m extremely tried with heavy reading that clouds my mind. The novel gives me a sense of peace and relief. I normally don’t leave comments but I had to express my gratitude to you this time. Please accept my sincere gratitude for your work. 🙏

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