Koi Fish Tattoo Ideas

Koi Fish Tattoo Ideas

Koi Fish Tattoo Designs Koi Fish tattoos are adored by many because of their vibrant hues and beautiful design. Yet apart from their beauty, Koi fish inksare considered important, especially for the Japanese. Samples of tattoos of koi fish include the Dragon species, which looks really impressive on an individual’s arm. It is a symbol for overcoming struggles and succeeding in the end. After all, the creature was said to strive hard to reach the waterfall. For his efforts he was transformed into a mighty dragon. Another style of koi fish tattoos consolidates the Yin Yang belief of Taoists. This kind of hybrid tattoo, also known as the Black and White koi fish design, shows two fishes positioned in such a way as to mimic the circle of Yin and Yang. If you’re looking for koi fish tattoos especially for men, you can ask your artist to draw a black koi. In Japan, they were reserved for fathers as it showed the masculine sides of an individual. You can also request a blue koi, which was used in koi fish tattoos for sons. Apart from this symbolism, a blue koi tattoo can also represent serenity, calmness and serenity. Koi fish tattoos really do have unlimited variety and meanings. With the many types of Koi to inspire your body ink, you are sure to find astyle which suits your personality.
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Koi Fish Tattoo Ideas

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 Tattoo Ideas

If you’re looking for koi fish tattoos especially for men, you can ask your artist to draw a black koi. In Japan, they were reserved for fathers as it showed the masculine sides of an individual. You can also request a blue koi, which was used in koi fish tattoos for sons. Apart from this symbolism, a blue koi tattoo can also represent serenity, calmness and serenity. Koi fish tattoos really do have unlimited variety and meanings. With the many types of Koi to inspire your body ink, you are sure to find astyle which suits your personality.
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Koi Fish Tattoo Ideas

Koi Fish tattoos are adored by many because of their vibrant hues and beautiful design. Yet apart from their beauty, Koi fish inksare considered important, especially for the Japanese. Samples of tattoos of koi fish include the Dragon species, which looks really impressive on an individual’s arm. It is a symbol for overcoming struggles and succeeding in the end. After all, the creature was said to strive hard to reach the waterfall. For his efforts he was transformed into a mighty dragon. Another style of koi fish tattoos consolidates the Yin Yang belief of Taoists. This kind of hybrid tattoo, also known as the Black and White koi fish design, shows two fishes positioned in such a way as to mimic the circle of Yin and Yang.
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Koi Fish Tattoo Ideas

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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Koi Fish Tattoo Ideas

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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Koi Fish Tattoo Ideas

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 Tattoo Ideas

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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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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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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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.

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