21 Koi Fish Tattoo Designs

by ryan


21 Koi Fish Tattoo Designs


Koi fish tattoos look great. They are the most popular type of Japanese style tattoo and with good reason too. In this article, I’ll tell you about the meaning of these tattoos and tell you about 4 great koi fish tattoo designs that you will want to consider for your next tattoo.

Koi Fish Tattoo Meaning

The Koi has great mythological status in East Asian countries, particularly Japan and China. Legend says that if the koi managed to climb the waterfall at Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, that it would be transformed into a dragon.

Thus, the koi is a symbol of perseverance, strength in the face of adversity, overcoming battles and more. For many people, the koi not only looks great in the Japanese style but is also in tune with their own personal story.

Koi Fish Tattoos – Black And Grey

The vast majority of koi tattoos are coloured in magnificent red/orange hues.

Like many other tattoos though, the koi looks great in greyscale. There are many variations you can choose from on this theme too. For example, your entire tattoo can be in greyscale. Or, the background can be in greyscale with the brightly coloured and contrasting koi in the foreground. Or, you can even do the reverse of this and have the greyscale koi in amongst the colours of nature.

Koi Fish Tribal Tattoos

The koi is rarely drawn in the tribal style. When it is, it is usually depicted on its own rather than in a river or natural scene. If you want a tribal style koi then you need not look for an artist who has a good track record in the Japanese style.

Koi Fish Sleeve Tattoos

The koi, and Japanese style tattoos generally, make for a great subject for a tattoo. Koi tattoos are often done on the upper arm and extend downwards from there depending on how big you want your sleeve to be.

The great thing about this fish is that it is usually depicted in its environment i.e. water and plants, and this makes for some great vivid, accompanying colours such as brilliant blues, pinks and greens.

Dragon Koi Fish Tattoos

As legend has it, the koi will eventually turn into a dragon if he fulfils his task. Some like to reflect this in their tattoos and show the koi in a state of transition.

The koi may have started to change color or its head may have started to change shape, for example.



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