18 Killer Koi Designs
18 Killer Koi Designs in various designs!
Based on legend, it is said to climb waterfalls bravely, and, if caught, it lies upon the cutting board awaiting the knife without a quiver, not unlike a samurai (warrior) facing a sword. This theme dates back to ancient China, where a legend tells of how any koi that succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate (on the Yellow River) would be transformed into a dragon.
Although Chinese in origin, the koi (meaning carp) is widely celebrated in Japan, particularly for its manly qualities. In Japan, they are seen as a symbol of good fortune, luck, friendship, and love. Within the Buddhist religion they symbolize courage.
Koi colors can relate to families; deemed symbolic of friendship and love. With regards to families, certain colors represent certain members of a family. Those that are white and blue stand for a son. The koi fish color meaning of the red and pink is the daughter of the family. The vibrant flame red koi is symbolic of a mother, and the father is represented by the black koi.
Various colors symbolize other things, such as wealth, friendship, or success. One type of koi is the Ogon, which is platinum colored. These fish almost look metallic, symbolic for fulfillment in wealth. They are also known to mean that you will be successful in your business. Yamabuki is another type of koi, having a gold color. It also stands for wealth, and prosperity. The Asagi koi happens to be the oldest type and their color is a mix of gray and blue. Some even come with a belly that is colored red; the meaning in this case is that your life and everything in it is going to be good.
In tattoo imagery, especially in combination with flowing water, it symbolizes much the same: courage, the ability to attain high goals, and overcoming life’s difficulties.
Now that you know about the koi fish symbolism, your ink will have even more meaning. Think about the colors and what they mean before you choose your fish. Choose the fish with a meaning that really suits you and you’ll enjoy even more, everything it symbolizes.
Here are 18 killer KOI designs from some of the great talent out of InvisibleNYC and LoveHateCork: