Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

Fish Tattoos are a particular favorite of people who can relate to water and water creatures. For example, to capture the thrill and danger associated with a shark a person may want to get this powerful creature of the deep tattooed on their body. Certain tattoos like the Koi symbol tattoos are believed to bring good luck and resilience to those who get these beautiful fish motifs inked on their body. Koi fish design tattoos also have many ancient stories associated with them. Some may like how a brightly colored fighter fish behaves and looks, so they have the tiger fish design as their tattoo. The reference to fishes can also be found in the Bible and holy books of different world religions. Fishing is also one of the oldest hobbies known to mankind. Fishes often have attractive colors, and their delicate design with fins and a rapidly moving tail inspires many to have fish themed tattoos done on their bodies. In a way, those who have fish tattoos transform their body to a water body with the fishes living in it.
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Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

Symbols of good luck, fortune, love and friendship, koi fish are often found in Japanese water gardens and can be distinguished by their unique colors and patterned scales. The word “koi” means carp in Japanese but it’s also a homophone for another word that means “affection” and “love.” There are many varieties of koi making it easy for a tattoo artist to have fun with the design and make a truly unique piece of art for the wearer. These fish can also reach lengths of up to three feet depending on their living conditions. Koi fish share an ancestor with goldfish (no, not the delicious cracker kind) and while they may be similar in appearance, you’ll notice from the tattoos below that koi have barbels (those funky whisker-looking things).
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Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

It’s amazing how the same fish can be so drastically depicted in a tattoo. A total 180 from #24, this koi fish tattoo screams color and fun. I love the whimsical, floral accents in this upstream flowing koi. The colors here transport the viewer to some magical koi fairyland and I can’t get enough. As much as I love simple all black tattoos, pieces like this remind me how freakin’ lovely color can be. Looking for a super cool sea-creature tattoo, but not feeling the koi? Check out 20 awesome octopus tattoos here.
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Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

A simple, yet intricate koi fish design, this thigh tattoo is just really pretty and lovely. A koi fish can hold different meanings based off of the direction it’s found swimming. In this case, the upstream depiction could mean the person has overcome obstacles and gained the strength needed to continue against the current. Life can be an uphill battle, but if this koi can persist so can you! Into thigh tattoos, but koi not so much? Check out 101 of the sexiest thigh tattoos here.
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Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

Would you look at this cute koi! It’s like a cartoon princess koi fish tattoo and I love it. The purple and orange work lovely together, like a sunset!, while the koi’s green eye boldly stands out. I really admire the line work around the mouth in this piece, giving the koi a more feminine look. I also like the barbels (aka whisker-looking things) in this tattoo as they flow in different directions, further giving it the illusion of being in motion.
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Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

How cool is this?! A classic infinity sign re-imagined with a super cute koi fish! With every tattoo design I find, I love to see if somehow has turned it into an infinity symbol. It’s such a popular tattoo these days so it’s neat to see how people put a unique spin on it. I especially like this depiction as koi are so representative of love, strength and determination; paired with the infinity symbol, the person is reminded of these traits forever and ever and ever. I also really like the face on the koi here because something about it looks really adorable and innocent, like a cute little cartoon baby koi.

Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

How beautiful are these koi tattoos? I’m noticing a color pattern in pairs of koi…purple and blue. The colors go together so perfectly and offer a more magical depiction of these fish that are so often found in orange, red and black hues. The artist did a wonderful job here; it looks as if these were stroked on with brushes rather than needles. I’m always so impressed by pieces like this. This lucky lady gets to sport these koi fish tattoos forever, always to be admired for their beauty and strength.
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Cartoon Koi Fish Tattoos

The word “koi” comes from the Japanese language originally and means “carp”. An ancient Japanese legend that is hidden behind koi makes this tattoo idea even more attractive and desired. Due to the legend, there was a school of koi fish which were going upstream against a current. As the current was getting stronger and the waterfalls began to appear some fish gave up swimming and some, the strongest, remained to reach the waterfall top. Those that had made it were transformed into beautiful golden dragons by the grace of gods. That’s why the present-day interpretation of koi fish inks mostly incorporates the strength, the thirst for life, the endless struggle and determinism.
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This massive back tattoo really displays the enormity to which a koi can grow in real life. Another beautiful work of art, I love this particular koi fish tattoo because it looks like it was done with a piece of charcoal. The shading is magnificently done. Did you know most koi fish outlive their owners? Some can live up to 200 years! Crazy. Since they live for so long, koi fish are often passed from generation to generation in Japan.
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So remember that time two photos ago when I was obsessing over the “flowy” koi? Well…now I want these precious koi instead (or, additionally). Admittedly, I thought of the sardines from Spongebob when I saw this tattoo. Right? No idea what I’m talking about? Google! There’s something cartoon-ish about these small koi, making them all the more charming and adorable. This tattoo would look great in a variety of places as well, from the hip to the back.
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New school tattoo style is great for those who want to refresh old traditional designs. This koi fish tattoo idea will be appreciated by graffiti admires because it reminds the street art. Vibrant colors, clear lines and cartoon-like images are the main features of New School style that is presented in the picture. So if you want to go with some unusual and modern koi tattoo design, take New School into account.
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Placed on the calf muscle, this upstream koi is a bold symbol of strength and success. I love how the line details in this piece make it look like a sketch (but like a really awesome sketch that’s actually a beautiful finished piece). Lord knows I couldn’t freehand a sketch to save a stick-figure’s life. The addition of the pink lotus flower makes for a nice accent in this piece, given the size and location. Lotus flowers are often paired with koi fish since they grow out of the types of ponds where koi are typically found. Just as the koi started as a little fish and grew into a strong dragon (according to legends…though if you’ve witnessed this I’d like to hear about it), the lotus starts out in a muddy pond and still flourishes with beauty.
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I’m not a Pisces, but this tattoo certainly makes me wish I was. I absolutely love the color choices here and the yin and yang display of the koi. Blue koi fish are said to represent peace, tranquility and calmness while purple has always symbolized royalty and wealth. In Taoism, yin and yang symbolize the dueling sides of all things and the perfect balance and harmony of them. The circular motion of the koi represents the belief that all things are connected. A beautiful piece with wonderful meaning, this koi fish tattoo is a joy.
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This tattoo is so cool and could definitely be interpreted as a many number of things. I like to think of it as a king of all koi’s, perhaps even part dragon (as koi’s are thought to turn into — more on that later). I like this tattoo’s sense of mystique and whimsy. The crown is a nice touch as it further symbolizes the strength and power of the fish that already stands for these things. I love tattoos that are truly unique as it gives us more insight into the personality of the person bearing it. Tattoos are not only works of art but extensions of our experiences, ideas and values.
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I imagine this fish going, “glurp, glurp,” right in my face. This tattoo also reminds me of the fish I saw in the Portland Japanese Garden for this was a very common pattern among the koi there. It’s like a fish that wanted to be a cow but added in some orange spots, fins and barbels and was like golly, I guess I’ll have to be a koi instead. I like the blue/green outline situation happening here as it makes the koi’s coloring stand out even more.

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