Japanese Koi Fish Tattoo Art: Symbol of Good Fortune

By Tattoo Artist On August 29, 2010 Under Animal Tattoos, Cultural Tattoos

A red and orange color koi fish on man's arm.One of the most popular tats nowadays originates from the designs of Japanese Koi Fish tattoo art.  If you intend to have Koi fish tattoo for your skin, you should know 1st its traditional meaning in Japanese.  These kind of tattoos not only signify the colorful appearance of the Koi fish, but also its amazing strength and power to move out its whole body from the water.  In designing a form of Japanese Koi Fish tattoo art, it is a common practice to draw the Koi fish in its magnificent action of leaping from the water or simply in its splashing movement.

Due to their beautiful look and powerful movements, many tattoo enthusiasts prefer to have the immortal Koi fish embedded on their bodies as symbol of power and elegance.  The bold orange color of this Japanese fish and the blue color of the water blend well together that creates an attractive scene which is nice to look at if used in a Japanese Koi Fish tattoo art.

The Koi fish or commonly called carp in Asian countries is very expensive in Japan, and its breed is well taken cared of to produce a vibrant appearance that becomes a pride of its owner.  If used as a design in Japanese Koi Fish tattoo art, it exudes a fantastic aura of elegance and beauty due to its colorful skin.  In the same way, Koi fish tattoos are crafted in the same multi-colored style similar to other Japanese tats.

A dark color koi fish on man's arm.

The image of a Koi fish is usually added to a Lotus Flower tattoo to form a more appealing Japanese design.  You can also be flexible in producing a unique design of Japanese Koi Fish tattoo art by using the colors of white and black to signify the yang-yin balance known as the strong and weak energies in Chinese language, or the equivalent of bright and dark which is commonly used in Japanese designs.

The orange and yellow color koi fish tattoo on man's arm.

However, if you prefer the natural colors of a live fish, you can use orange, yellow, black, red and white to create an original version of Japanese Koi Fish tattoo art design.  You would be surprised to know that unlike other ordinary fishes, the Koi fish is a symbol of “good fortune” and beauty in Japan.  Since it is related to the Carp family, this fish is frequently mistaken as a big goldfish.  But as a mythical fish, the Koi is symbolic of perseverance, vitality and strength, and as a popular “Zen” design, it is recognized as a sign of “good luck.”

Compared to ordinary fish, the Koi is considered mysterious by many cultures across the globe especially in Japan where its myth has existed since time immemorial.  With these amazing qualities of Koi fish, many people in the West prefer to embed its image on their bodies as a mystical work of Japanese Koi Fish tattoo art.

A koi fish tattoo on man's left shoulder.

With the strong belief that a Koi fish tattoo will bring high esteem, joy and maximum fulfillment of goals in life, this legendary Japanese fish has become more popular as a design used in Japanese Koi Fish tattoo art for many people.


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