Supersized Koi Tattoo

by on Nov.25, 2009, under Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on November 25, 2009

Koi BackpieceThis beautiful back piece is unlike most examples you will see of the koi fish.  Koi is from the orient – it means carp in Japanese.  They are highly regarded in the orient with exceptional specimens fetching prices in excess of half-a-million dollars from private collectors.  The collectors usually specialize in their breeding and showing.  According to ancient legend, the koi is known to climb the waterfall bravely, and if caught, they face their death bravely, like samurai. Other Japanese meanings include perseverance and strength. In Japan they are often found in public ponds and fountains.
Usually portrayed in bright colors, the koi has become a popular choice for ink collectors. When used in tattoos, especially when running water is added, the koi is meant to symbolize courage and the ability to attain goals and to overcome life’s difficulties. When the koi in the tattoo is shown swimming upstream, it is said to mean that the person is still struggling and dealing with their problems.  If the koi design portrays the fish swimming downstream the meaning implies that the wearer has overcome and survived their difficulty.

This tattoo is unusual for a koi tattoo in that it completely lacks color although the huge size is overwhelming and the black design is a good choice.  Color on this scale may have been overwhelming and gaudy.

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mat. February 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

can anyone tell me who made this marvellous tattoo???
greetings and thanks

Sean bond January 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

I am having a full sleeve of koi done, I think this one looks absolutely amazing and would love to add this one to the ones I have got done at the moment.

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