Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Meanings of Animal Tattoos II: Koi Fish Tattoo

Last time I have talked the meaning of lion tattoo. Are you interested in that? This time, I’d like to say something about koi fish tattoo.

Regarded as one of the most popular tattoo designs, the koi fish is welcomed by many tattoo lovers. Its popularity lies in not only its beautiful look, but also the various meanings associated to it. They are usually derived from the myths, legends and stories from ancient China and Japan.

The fish plays a very significant role in the Japanese mythology. In Japanese culture, fish represents the good luck. So Japanese have kept a great respect and love of Koi fish for thousands of years. In terms of family, the black koi is for father, flame red koi for mother, blue and white for boy, and pink and red for girl.

Its meaning also depends on the way you tattoo it. If you tattoo it with the running water, the koi fish shows your courage and ability to defeat the difficulties in life. If the fish is swimming upstream, it means the owner is still struggling with his problems. On the contrary, it shows he has overcome the difficulties.

Commonly speaking, the koi fish tattoos are inked on large area like ribs, arms, shoulder, back and legs. Designed in elaborate and colorful manner, the tattoos look beautiful and stylish. You can see the change of colors of scales and feel their strong motion against the current.

You also can choose the background you like such as water, bamboo and other flowers which include cherry blossom and lotus.

How about these koi fish tattoos? Do you like them?

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