Koi Fish Tattoos and Their Meaning

Now that you have already decided to get yourself a tattoo the first part of the process is over. You just have to find the right tattoo design for you and as this is a major decision you should take your time and carefully figure out what type of tattoo you would like to have. Tattoo designs are only limited by your imagination and the capability of your chosen tattoo artist. A design worth consideration is the Koi fish tattoo; they are very popular and hold great symbolism.

So, what exactly is a Koi fish? Koi fish are large freshwater fish related to the Carp family and have distinctive bright or contrast colouring however, the orange and red Koi fish are often mistaken for large goldfish. The most common of the Koi fish colours are: Red, orange, white, black and blue. Just like many other types of fish their environment dictates how big they get, most grow no bigger than a mans forearm but with sufficient room they can reach sizes of up to 3 feet in length.

Koi fish are most treasured by the Japanese who have maintained a great respect and love of the Koi fish for thousands of years. They also breed them to stock sacred and ornamental ponds and because they are such beautiful fish.

Koi fish tattoos not only look good, there is also a great deal of symbolism behind the image of such a tattoo. When choosing a tattoo it is always nicer if there is a story or meaning attached to it, this way, when someone is admiring your work, you can explain the meaning or symbolism behind it and how this connects to you. Here are some of the meanings attached to Koi fish tattoos:

* advancements, improvements, and ambitions
* courage to surpass all the challenges of life
* determination and endurance in critical situations
* good luck in almost everything
* independence and freedom
* strength to withstand the test of time
* strong character and identity

As already mentioned, Koi fish are created in many brilliant colours and the real life creatures are ornate looking. A talented tattoo artist can capture the vibrant colours and the amazing look of the Koi fish onto your skin and create a beautiful work of art. However, be prepared to pay the price for such a work of art on your skin.


When a tattoo artist applies colours to your skin they are only allowed to use that ink on one person, the reason for this is simple, the needle and the ink have both been in your skin and therefore in contact with your blood, the needle then goes back into the ink. Whatever ink is left over must be disposed of for sanitary and health reasons and those coloured inks are expensive. While the tattoo artist does his best to waste as little ink as possible they usually do lose some.

If you would like a colourful Koi fish tattoo you will be charged accordingly however, Koi fish tattoos can be the most stunning works of skin art and worth every cent.

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