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Koi Fish Tattoos and What they Mean | Ferbs Cosmetics

Koi Fish Tattoos and What they Mean

The Koi is said to have climbed waterfalls bravely, and, if ever 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.  

Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.  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.

Koi's come in many different patterns and colors and have special meanings as well: 
  • Gold – wealth and prosperity
  • Platinum and silver – success in business, thus, wealth
  • Black – significant life transformations, not necessarily of the death kind * White – advancement in society and in career
  • Red – true romantic love

2 responses to “Koi Fish Tattoos and What they Mean”

  1. Baker606060 says:

    heres my koi 🙂 

  2. Jennifer says:

    Great color!

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