Koi Fish Side Tattoo

Koi Fish Side Tattoo

As mentioned earlier, koi fish were originally common carp and have been bred for distinct colors. Different meanings are associated with each color. Some of the major colors of koi fish are: Black White Red Yellow, orange, or gold Bluish gray Cream Black The black koi is associated with successfully overcoming an obstacle. This symbol is great for those who have gone through a tough battle in life and have finally made it to a place of strength. These obstacles can include depression, drug addiction, an abusive relationship, and many other situations. In Japanese culture, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are all symbolized by different-colored koi fish. On Children’s Day (May 5), families fly flags of the fish representing each member of their household so that they appear to “swim upstream” against the wind. The black koi is the symbol of the father. Red The red koi often has the connotation of love. Not just any love—a very intense love. A red or orange koi is a symbol for the mother of the family, and a red or pink koi is a symbol for a daughter. Red koi can also symbolize power and bravery, both common associations with the color red. Blue The blue koi is often very masculine and can be associated with reproduction. Blue and white koi are symbols of the son of a family. As with anything blue, it also represents peace, tranquility, and calmness. Yellow Tattoos often use a combination of yellow and orange to represent a gold-colored koi. These gold-colored fish symbolize fortune and wealth. The Japanese term for them is yamabuki.
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Koi Fish Side Tattoo

From common carp in China to a majestic journey into Japan, meet the Koi fish. Aside from koi ponds and water gardens, these fish have quite the interesting story. When it comes to the Koi, you’ll find all sorts of different colors, patterns and even scales. Most notably you’ll find them in either white, cream, blue, red, yellow or black. However by far, the most popular stem from the Gosnake, which includes the Tasiho Sanshoku, Showa Sanshoku and Kohaku. Yet, among them all the common theme of good fortune is present. But why? Well, for generations the legend has claimed that after this fish uses its power to climb the falls on the Yellow River it turns into a dragon. It’s similar to going through difficult experiences in life and having the strength and perseverance to overcome them. Others believe the nature of swimming against the current symbolizes going against popular opinion, and being independent while having the courage to do it all. However, in Japanese culture the koi is a symbol of masculinity, with flags of the fish being risen when a new son is born in the home. It’s also viewed as a form of love and passion. Now, there are a few designs that have more specific meanings like the red koi, which stands for nature, strength and masculinity. Black is a tribute to overcoming change with victory. Blue, for reproduction and challenge. The dragon, which goes back to the folklore of the yellow river dragons. And lastly, the ying-yang which is a symbol of all things connected and balanced. In these top 50 best koi fish tattoo designs for men you’ll also find the lotus flower. It’s a beloved part of nature that grows wild in muddy ponds.
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Koi Fish Side Tattoo

According to Chinese and Japanese myth, there was once a giant school made up of thousands of koi fish swimming up the Yellow River in China. As they swam, they gained strength by pushing against the current. However, on the Yellow River, there is a waterfall. Once the fish reached the waterfall, most turned back and just went with the current because it became too hard. The ones who remained continued to try to reach the top of the waterfall. These koi kept trying for one hundred years. At last, one koi successfully leaped to the top of the waterfall. To reward this dedicated koi, the gods turned it into a beautiful golden dragon. The falls have become known as the “Dragon’s Gate.” And legend has it that to this day, any koi that has the strength and perseverance to complete to journey up Dragon’s Gate will become a heavenly dragon. It is also said that if a koi is caught, it will await the cut of the knife without a quiver with the bravery of a Samurai warrior facing the sword in battle. This clearly portrays the cultural beliefs in the strength and courage of the koi.
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Koi Fish Side Tattoo

Koi or carp is well-known for its large sizes and longevity while living in nature. Koi tattoo is that case when the size matters. Loved for its determination, endurance and perseverance koi is usually chosen by people who want to achieve the greatest life goals. They believe that koi fish tattoo will help them to overcome any obstacle they’ll face on their way. So the bigger area of a body is covered with a tattoo, the luckier they become.
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Koi Fish Side Tattoo

The most frequent tattoo image of koi fish shows it in white water and waves fighting against the current. Like the one on the shoulder blade, this koi fish tattoo design could be placed on any other part of the body as well. The whole point is in the direction the fish swims. If it goes up crosscurrent, you are not afraid of difficulties and you try to overcome them. If the fish goes adrift, you are probably the easy-going person who can stay calm in tough situations.
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Koi Fish Side Tattoo

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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Koi Fish Side Tattoo

Japanese stick to their traditions, they honor the past and tattoo culture isn’t an exception. While most of the tattoo masters use modern tattoo machines, some Japanese tattoo artists still use feathers and brushes with needles for their hand-pocked technique. As one of the results, we can see fully colored pieces on both legs. Two koi fish swimming upstream remind you to be persevering and confident through good and bad times.
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Koi Fish Side Tattoo

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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It’s quite common to place one tattoo design on two hands or feet so it can be the whole image only when you put them together. This tattoo represents swimming koi with a beautiful pink lotus flower on the one side. The most widespread lotus and koi tattoo meanings are purity, determination, facing the problems with optimism.
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Realism tattoo style can be breathtaking and eye-catching. Like the ink of golden koi on the side in this picture, realistic tattoo images try to convey all the natural details. As a result, we get a perfect tattoo design with deep symbolism as well. Golden or orange koi mean prosperity and fortune!
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Hope that you don’t have to be told over and over again that tattoos should be chosen wisely and deliberately. Otherwise, there’s a great chance to look for a new tattoo idea for the cover-up. Like the one in the picture blue koi tattoo on the shoulder is kind of a nice option to leave behind the reminder of the days when you went wild! Blue color of koi fish indicates the masculinity or/and a father, a son. With its vivid blue color and a semantically rich design, this koi deserves your attention!

We know that you can’t stay indifferent looking at this tattoo masterpiece. Shown two koi fish, this full sleeve is neat and tight! While hiding behind strong white waves, one koi is going on the flow, the other is fighting the current. The contrast in colors is reached by dark gray and deep red. Sakura has become an inherent symbol of East culture and it perfectly implements koi tattoo design like in the picture.
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The tatt you see can’t be claimed ordinary, it is more than just a tatt, it is a masterpiece itself. The inked composition is performed on the both sides of the chest and both arms. Symmetrically placed, this koi tattoo is rich in vivid colors and details. One side of the composition presents already reincarnated dragon-koi, the other shows struggling blue koi fish swimming in white water. We love the symmetrical way this tatt is engraved.

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