The Koi fish is one of the most popular tattoos that people get. The solid line work and bright bold colors, and even the black and grey Koi, stand out and get noticed very easily. The bigger the better I always say! But there is mythology and history behind these beautiful fish. People in the Akron Ohio area have always been big fans of these tattoos, so lets take a look at the story behind them!
The Koi fish is very often associated with Japan, but it is actually from central Asia and was brought to Japan by Chinese invaders. Koi got all of there beautiful colors from natural mutation over millions of years.
The mythology of the Koi says that thousands of Koi fish were swimming upstream in China's Yellow river and built strength threw perseverance against the current of the River. When they reached the waterfall and couldnt go any further most broke off and went back down the river, but a few did not.
These few Koi fish jumped out of the river and tried to make their way up the waterfall as demons mocked them for their seemingly impossible task. One Koi in particluar finally made it to the top of the waterfall after 100 years of trying and never giving up. The gods were so moved by this Koi and his steadfastness that they rewarded the Koi by turning it into a Golden Dragon, which is the symbol of power and strength.
An awesome and inspiring story to be sure! Koi are symbols of strength, perseverance and determination. The diffent colors of Koi also represent different traits for the person wanting a Koi tattoo. Red Koi represent strength and power. Blue Koi represents tranquility. Gold Koi symbolize prosperity and wellbeing . Black koi represent masculinity.
All Koi tattoos should have Koi facing up, as in moving against the current. I myself tattooed my own Koi years ago facing down on my arm because I didn't know any of the significance or history. Go Me!! I have always loved doing the fish on people and have gotten quite good at them.(Shameless Plug!!) They work excellent as tattoo cover-ups also.
So, in conclusion, Koi fish are and have always been a popular tattoo choice for men and women across the globe. If you've ever thought about getting one, now you know the whole story! Come down to Knuckle Up Ink Tattoos in Akron ohio to schedule an appointment for a Koi fish tattoo to show your sterngth and peserverance!!!