Bonjour all. Let me begin by saying I know essentially zilch about french as a language. For over a year my wife would say "allons-y" when we were leaving a restaurant and I always thought she was saying we should "mosey." So anyway, I am working on a family tree tattoo sleeve that consists entirely of symbols for those in my direct family. Every image has a story and I'd hate to be too literal in one of my tributes to a family member. However, I'm fairly stumped about what to do for my grandfather who died when I was very young. That said, I have a fairly simple question I hoped you could help me out with either by suggesting I abandon the idea or even suggesting something else.
My grandfather's name was James Champagne. I was thinking perhaps to sketch out a champagne bottle with a label like "J'aimes" on it. You know, to phonetically spell out his name. My wife, who took some french in school, has said that she doesn't think that would be proper but she hasn't been able to explain to me why that would be. Is the phrase "J'aimes champagne" entirely awkward? Non-existent?
Please help! I don't want to be another person walking around with a foreign language tattoo'd on them that says something they didn't intend. Thank you all so much for any help you can offer.