Katakana is a symbolic method for writing things out; this form of writing and tattooing is used to create a sense of urgency and deeper emphasis on the meaning of the original word.
When choosing your symbols for a name tattoo, you can choose to translate the name literally using the katakana or hiragana alphabets to create the sounds.
Kanji characters are used to represent whole concepts, while the katakana and hiragana alphabets are used phonetically to build words.
When you decide to get a Japanese symbol tattoo, make absolutely sure you know what your god or goddess, kanji or katakana stand for.
Katakana is a part of the recipe which makes up kanji and was created by Buddhist monks in the ninth century AD.