The meaning of Koi Fish tattoo

by Guest4826  |  12 years, 11 month(s) ago

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I am very much fond of the tattoos to be drawn on the body. I happen to have several tattoos on my body, particularly on my waist, the arm and the forearm. Whenever I get a tattoo drawn on any part of my body, I first make sure that what does the tattoo mean? But somehow, I have not ben able to discover that what is actually symbolized by the Koi fish tattoo? I would appreciate any help in this regard.

 Tags: fish, Koi, Meaning, Tattoo



  1. Harry

     Koi fish has well and truly become a favorite design for tattoo lovers because of the symbol that it conveys. Its meaning varies depending on how it is inked on the body. If tattooed with running water, the koi is symbolizes courage and the ability to overcome the hardships in life. When the koi in the tattoo is shown swimming upstream, it can be used to mean that the person is still struggling with their problem, if downstream it implies that the person has already overcome their difficulty. These symbolisms attached to koi fish are usually derived from the myths, legends and stories from ancient China and Japan. They all based upon the way it behaves, either in the pond or in the wild. China, on the other hand, has a very special interpretation of koi fish in general. In China that if a koi succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that belief, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. In Japan, the koi climb the waterfall bravely, and if they are caught, they face their death on the cutting board bravely; it is considered a manly symbol.

  2. Guest10862114
    What the Koi Fish symbolizes depends upon the region/culture you ask, the number of Koi Fish, and the color of the Koi Fish. That being said, there are generally a few accepted meanings despite these divisions...

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