Koi Sleeve Tattoo Designs

Koi Sleeve Tattoo Designs

%tattoo %designsKOI TATTOO – Usually a surprise to many westerners is the Koi. Much ancient myth that surrounds these awesome fish from the Orient. Usually known as brightly colored fish that are often found in public ponds (Koi is Japanese for carp) the colors which include white, yellow, gold, and orange.  There have been known beautiful specimens that have fetched prices in the half-million dollar range from private collectors around the world.  However, the Koi is more than just a fish with beautiful colors it is also one of the most popular and eye-catching Japanese tattoo symbols around.  Even though Koi is Chinese in origin, the Koi is celebrated in Japan more than ever to this day.

It is said to bravely and honorably climb waterfalls, and, if it happens to get caught, it stays idol on the cutting board awaiting the  slice of the knife without a shake, similar to a samurai (warrior) facing his doom from a sword.

This idea dates back to ancient times in China, where a certain legend explains how any Koi that won the battle in climbing to the top of the falls (called Dragon Gate) would meta morph into a dragon.  Supporting this legend, it then became a symbol of aspiration and advancement world-wide.  Eventually, the Koi came to be associated with so many masculine and positive qualities that it was designated for the annual Boys’ Day Festival in Japan where to this day, colorful Koi flags are displayed for each son in the family.  In tattoo designs, especially in combination with moving water, it symbolizes similar:  courage, the ability to reach high goals, and overcome the difficult tasks of life.

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