19 Beautiful & Calm Koi Tattoos

minerva in Tattoo Ideas

Koi or Carp fish tattoos are popularly tattooed in Traditional Japanese and Chinese Oriental tattoo styles.

Besides the fact that these creatures are beautiful and calming to watch as they wriggle and jump in the water, the Koi is a symbol of Perseverance. Koi fishes generally live in the rivers, but Ancients believed that the Koi fishes who reach the top of the waterfall by persevering are rewarded by the gods, transforming them into Dragons.

May the Koi tattoo constantly remind us to not give up and awaken the dragon within us, so here are 19 Beautiful Koi tattoos for inspiration. Enjoy! :)

The Koi fish, later on transforming into a Dragon, are known for their transformative powers. Tattoo by Horitatsu.
The Koi fish, later on transforming into a Dragon, are known for their transformative powers. Tattoo by Horitatsu.
The Koi brings about good fortune to its wearer, to businesses & homes. Irezumi Tattoo by Senju Horimatsu.
The Koi brings about good fortune to its wearer, to businesses & homes. Irezumi Tattoo by Senju Horimatsu.
The YAMABUKI (Gold fish) represents gold, wealth & prosperity.
The YAMABUKI (Gold fish) represents gold, wealth & prosperity.
The KOHOKU (white & red) is believed to encourage advancement in career.
The KOHOKU (white & red) is believed to encourage advancement in career.

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Water plants and flowers always complete the piece for that added elegance & balance of colors.
Water plants and flowers always complete the piece for that added elegance & balance of colors.
Love the cool, calming blues on this back piece tattoo by Luke Red.
Love the cool, calming blues on this back piece tattoo by Luke Red.
Killer back piece from an unknown artist! Send us the name if you know! :)
Killer back piece from an unknown artist! Send us the name if you know! :)
Love the flat application of Yellow gold on this Koi. Simple is beautiful indeed.
Love the flat application of Yellow gold on this Koi. Simple is beautiful indeed.
Lovely subtle waves of water to complement the majestic golden koi by Matthew Clarke.
Lovely subtle waves of water to complement the majestic golden koi by Matthew Clarke.
A Koi swimming upwards means that it is on its way to transformation... as it naturally swims up the waterfalls and against the current during the time that it migrates.
A Koi swimming upwards means that it is on its way to transformation... as it naturally swims up the waterfalls and against the current during the time that it migrates.
A Koi swimming downstream could mean that you have successfully achieved your goals & are no longer fighting the current.
A Koi swimming downstream could mean that you have successfully achieved your goals & are no longer fighting the current.
Beautiful underwater effect.
Beautiful underwater effect.
Koi's swimming upstream could also mean that you are currently struggling, but would never give up. It makes for a good & positive tattoo.
Koi's swimming upstream could also mean that you are currently struggling, but would never give up. It makes for a good & positive tattoo.
Beautiful black & gray with a touch of blue by Shinji Horizakura.
Beautiful black & gray with a touch of blue by Shinji Horizakura.
To subdue a Koi means to catch Good fortune and acquire the strength necessary to do such.
To subdue a Koi means to catch Good fortune and acquire the strength necessary to do such.
Tattoo done at Blue Lemon.
Tattoo done at Blue Lemon.
Another sample of a Kohoku. Tattoo by King Carlos.
Another sample of a Kohoku. Tattoo by King Carlos.
Koi tattoo
Koi tattoo

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