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