3 Apr 2013

Koi Tattoo

Koi Tattoo
Koi Tattoo

This is one of the most beautiful oriental koi tattoos I have ever seen for a male arm. There are many different opinions as to what Koi Fish Tattoos symbolize in tattoo art, many feel that there is a sexual symbolism to the styles and colors of Koi, some feel that the direction which a Koi swims in the tattoo symbolizes sexual orientation whereas others believe that the Koi tattoo is an expression of perseverance and achievement. By far the strongest and most popular interpretation is that of aspiration, determination, achievement, ambition and perseverance in a journey to ones goal in life.

The Koi tattoo symbolism of sexuality in tattooing is not widely understood nor believed, however. There are groups of people who try to reinforce the belief that the direction that the Koi swims along the body symbolizes ones sexual orientation and that it can be used to determine if someone is pronouncing themselves as heterosexual or gay. But, this adoption of the belief is not so widespread as the perseverance interpretation. The last interpretation of the Koi tattoo is that it represents bravery. In fact, it’s said that a Koi fish caught by a fisherman will lie patiently for the knife and not even try to struggle. This is why some people call them the Samurai of the sea.

9 Sep 2012

Koi Fish Tattoo

Koi Fish Tattoo
Koi Fish Tattoo

There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to a koi fish tattoo. Many different styles and colors are available to you. A very old Japanese legend spoke of a koi fish who, if it could succeed in climbing up a certain waterfall it would be turned into a dragon. Therefore the legend went on the symbolize the koi fish as a creature that always strives for advancement and ultimate success. One with the determination to always overcome obstacles and to attain the highest goals possible.

That may sound like a lot for what is in fact simply a carp, but that is where its meaning comes from. And of course it is why you would see a lot of people with a koi fish tattoo in Japan.

But you will also see a lot of these tattoos in the states. They have become quite popular these days. Apparently people like what the koi fish tattoo stands for and the meaning even goes much further than what we have already covered here. There are different colors of koi fish for father, mother, daughter and son. And there are also variations of the word koi that stand for all sorts of other things, even love.

23 Jul 2012

Koi Tattoos

Koi Tattoos
Koi Tattoos

The Koi fish is renown as a symbol of achievement and strength. It is said in Chinese legends that if the Koi could make it past a point called Dragon Gate in the Yellow river, it would become a dragon. The Koi Fish tattoo has several different colors on it including yellow, orange, blue, and pink. The koi’s head and fins are all an orange tint. The fins also have a minor outline of a brighter color orange. The koi’s eyes are white, with an outline of black around each eye.

The water the koi’s is swimming in is blue with an outline of white, giving it a foamy like look. The pink lilies in the background have a hint of yellow in the center of it, and they flow across the water with ease, following the Koi as he ascends the Yellow river. The symbolism behind the Koi is known around the world, which is why it is one of the most popular tattoos today. Mixing its symbolism of strength and perseverance, and its colors made this tattoo a real nice piece of art, and also made it look really, really realistic.

2 Apr 2012

Koi Fish Tattoos

Koi Fish Tattoos
Koi Fish Tattoos

Koi fish tattoos are usually the central character in Japanese tattooing. These beautiful creatures, known also as Japanese carp are usually representative of overcoming life’s obstacles. They are usually talked about in folklore as the animals who can overcome the greatest obstacles. In these myths they sometimes achieve deeds so great that they are transformed into dragons. In other myths, dragons disguise themselves as koi, to test the character of mankind. In one tale, a fishermen catches one and agrees to let it go after he found out it could speak.

The fish was actually a dragon and granted the man three wishes. So, you can see how a koi fish tattoo can also speak symbolically of something that is transformational. The koi fish tattoo pictured show a Japanese carp swimming among a field of cherry blossom flowers. This has strong symbolic meaning for the bearer. It indicates the ability to overcome life’s obstacles even in the face of great adversity and death. This koi fish tattoo is not only symbolic but also a beautiful piece of art that anyone would be proud to have inked into his skin and would make an excellent chest piece or back piece.

5 Nov 2011

Koi Fish Tattoos

Koi Fish Tattoos
Koi Fish Tattoos

Koi tattoo designs employ the Japanese carp as the central character. Koi come in hues of yellow, gold, orange, some even calico-colored. They can live for generations and some have even become tame enough to feed out of their owners hand. A koi’s longevity has come to symbolize perseverance, and it’s beauty can be found in all forms of Japanese art. In Japan and China the koi has long been a symbol of masculinity and strength. Legends tell of it leaping up the falls at Dragon Gate on the Yellow River in China.

In the process it transformed into a dragon, proof of its successful struggle against the long odds. It’s no surprise that koi tattoos are popular where masculinity is valued. In Japan, the koi would appear on a young man’s fore-arm or leg. As he continued his life’s journey he might eventually earn a dragon for his final back piece, echoing the legend of the leaping koi transforming into a dragon at Dragon Gate. Coloring, whiskers, scaling and special marks represent a range of qualities a young man might wish for in his life. Therfore a person wishing to mark their body with a design that has deep symbolic meaning might want to get a koi tattoo design.

13 May 2011

Koi Tattoos

Koi Tattoos
Koi Tattoos

This is one of the best Koi tattoos that I have ever seen. Look at the expression on the face of this fish. It’s absolutely hilarious! This Koi tattoo shows the fish lazily swimming across this guys arm. And the fish does indeed look very lazy. Another thing that I like about this Koi tattoo is the intensity of the colors. The artist of this Koi tattoo started with a vivid yellow color as the base coat. Then the artist added a deep purple color in a wide stripe across the center of the fish.

But, he didn’t stop there. He went on to highlight the gills with a deep red color. At the very tips of the gills he then added a second element. He added turquoise gill tips. As, you can see the stacking of colors on this Koi tattoo makes the design stand out from other Koi tattoos. Once the artist had the brightly colored fish for the main element of the design he decided to kick it up a notch. He added a slight tribal flair around the outline of the entire fish. This is one design that anyone would be happy to place on their arm or chest.

30 May 2010

Koi Tattoo

Koi Tattoo
Koi Tattoo

This is a cute and whimsical Koi tattoo but it isn’t very original. I have seen a thousand designs done like this one. And those were probably of a higher quality then this one. It seems to me to have been designed by a child. But, maybe I’m being harsh. So, allow me to change the subject and talk a little about these amazing fish. Generally known here as the brightly colored fish that are common in public ponds and fountains, carp (koi is Japanese for carp) can be found in colors that include white, yellow, gold, a deep orange, and some are even calico-colored.

Particularly beautiful specimens have been known to fetch prices in excess of half-a-million dollars from private collectors who specialize in their breeding and showing. However, the koi is more than just a colorful and collectible fish. It is also one of the most popular and beautiful of Japanese tattoo symbols – a beauty which belies its symbolic meaning. Although Chinese in origin, the carp is now widely celebrated in Japan, particularly for its manly qualities. It is said to climb waterfalls bravely, and, if caught, it lies upon the cutting board awaiting the knife without a quiver, not unlike a samurai (warrior) facing a sword.

9 Dec 2009

Koi Fish Tattoo

Koi Fish Tattoo
Koi Fish Tattoo

The Koi fish tattoo in the picture is a beautiful design. Not only is it visually appealing but the artist has decided to add in quite a few elements to it. Now normally that would make a Koi fish tattoo that seemed really busy but this one works out fairly well. The main piece of the Koi fish tattoo is not the actual fish but a lotus flower. Lotus flowers have been used in Eastern practices as a symbol of enlightenment. And this one is such a huge part of the design then I imagine that is the main symbolism behind this tattoo.

The next element that was added was the dark blue water that surrounds everything. Once again this is not only beautiful but has a symbolic meaning. Water generally symbolizes flexibility and the overcoming of obstacles, much like the final design element, the Koi itself. This is a brightly colored Koi that is shaded in nice orange and red hue. I would interpret the whole tattoo as meaning the following. That the person has overcome obstacles and is striving to achieve a higher state of consciousness. I think that’s a pretty good interpretation of what the bearer of this design was trying to achieve.