Unique Koi Fish Tattoos & Symbolism

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Koi fish if one of the main symbols of Japanese traditional tattoo and carries deep meaning and symbolism. Whether you are getting a complicated Japanese tattoo or single koi fish tattoo you need to know the story of koi fish and the symbolism of koi fish tattoo.

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Koi fish is an indivisible part of Chinese and Japanese culture. The legend tells that koi fish swimming against the flow of the Yellow River got strong. There was a waterfall on the river and fish had to turn back and go down the river. There was a fish who tried hard and continued swimming up to reach the top of the waterfall and as a gift for his dedication the gods turned him into a golden dragon.

The legend tells about the unbelievable strength of koi fish who reached its goal regardless of the obstacles. This is the main meaning of koi fish tattoo. The meaning of the tattoo depends on the direction of a fish. If it is flowing up the stream it symbolizes your possession to reach the goal. The fish flowing down the stream will mean that you have already reached your goal and you have no longer in a battle.

The color of the fish can also change the meaning of the tattoo. The family members are symbolized by different colors of fish in Japanese culture. Black koi fish tattoo will mean that you have overcome the obstacle. Black fish stands for father.

Red fish symbolizes love and stands for a daughter. Blue color is the symbol of peace and rebirth. It is the color of a son. Yellow is the symbol of fortune and wealth.

This very special tattoo need to be placed so that it will be visible. Men more often get large koi fish tattoo on back or shoulder. As a part of Japanese traditional tattoo it can be combined with water lily, water and dragon.

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