Unique Fish Tattoos

Unique Fish Tattoos

Fish tattoos are among the more numerous of all tattoos it seems, with a wide variety of species to choose from, of which the Koi fish appears to be the most popular. With so many Koi fish tattoos to choose from to look at, along with the accompanying environment is dwells in, I thought I would go a different route with this fish tattoo designs and show mostly those we don’t see as much of. Another big fish theme I’ve stayed away from is sharks, which is also highly popular. Surprisingly there are a lot of other fish tattoos out there that look great, with some of them being less exotic, and also some you would find in your fish tank at home. Something else I discovered when looking at fish tattoos was a subset of fishing hook tattoos; something I would have never thought of looking for. I included one cool one below, but will probably do a separate article on those another time. 
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Unique Fish Tattoos

You may be surprised why people inked fish tattoos on their body. In fact fish has long intimacy with human being. It has a lot of symbolic meanings in many cultures across the history. In Christianity, the fish is a symbol of abundance and faith. Today, most fish tattoos are related to the koi fish tattoos, which originated from East Asia.
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Unique Fish Tattoos

The koi fish is also known by the name of dragon fish and it is said that it turns into a dragon after climbing the mythical “dragon gate”. The fish is also associated with stoic qualities because when caught by the fishermen and put under the knife, it does not quiver and dies in a brave manner. This is why it is worn as a mark of determination and fearlessness. Apart from these qualities, the koi fish also represents luck, love, fortune, passion and wealth. Now you must be feeling a strong desire to see the different koi fish tattoo designs. So, here we go with this post that has 40 koi fish tattoos telling you more about the meanings. Have a look.
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Unique Fish Tattoos

Tattoos are style statements that are worn by a large number of men and women on their various body parts. Some wear it for aesthetic reasons while some go for them because of the meaning they wield. There are separate tattoos for each section but there are some tattoos that combine both the aspects in a brilliant manner. The koi fish tattoo is one such tattoo. This Japanese fish that is a symbol of strength, courage and perseverance makes for a fabulous tattoo pregnant with deep meaning that inspires, ignites and keeps one motivated.
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Unique 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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Unique 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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Unique 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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Unique 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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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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Fish also means good fortune or luck, happiness, knowledge. Of course, people may love fish tattoos for no reasons, just for cool. In this post, I have collected 50 awesome fish tattoo designs inked on different parts of body in variety of colors. Do Pin It if you love any of them.
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I love coordinating tattoos like this yin and yang one, but the deep, rich colors are what really stood out to me. The placement is really unique and cool, unlike any other koi fish tattoo I’ve come across. I hope this person threw away all of their socks because it’d be a bummer to ever have to cover up these fish.
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I said I wasn’t going to focus on Koi fish in this Hub, but I though I’d slip one in there because it was unique and well done. The dark colors look really good on the fish, as Koi are usually portrayed in their orangish color with tattoos.
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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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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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Last, as far as the type of fish you would find in a home is the angel fish. The 3-D look is pretty nice, but is far too big for me. About a quarter of that size would be a nice tattoo, just like a big angel fish in your tank.
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Not sure what the symbol in the middle of this design means, but the koi fish here are artfully done and rich in color. Flowing right down this woman’s back, this koi fish tattoo stands out as a unique and playful piece. Interested in Japanese culture? Check out more Japanese style tattoo designs right here.
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These three koi fish appear to be flowing along on what appears to be this person’s back. I like the added air bubbles, which I first mistook for freckles, and the overall design of this piece. The tails look like feathers, soft enough to touch! Speaking of feathers, check out 35 amazing feather tattoos here.
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Okay, wow! Even someone who doesn’t like tattoos will surely appreciate the beauty of this design. As mentioned earlier, it is quite common for people to pair Koi fishes with lotus flowers as both hold deep meaning, particularly in Japanese culture. Whilst they have opted not to color in the actual Koi fish on this one, they have colored the water blue and the lotus flower pink with yellow tips which gives it a great amount of pop without overdoing it with too many colors. Sometimes just having 2 or 3 colors total can look best.

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