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Koi Fish Tattoo
Dating back to Ancient China, the Koi fish tattoo picture is an enduring symbol of love and friendship. Renowned for their beauty and perseverance, the koi fish is able to easily adapt to its surroundings. In Japanese legend, the koi could be transformed into a dragon if it completed the journey of scaling the falls of the Yellow River at the Dragon Gate. This high achieving fish is also used to symbolize overcoming adversity to achieve lofty goals, as well as courage in the face of the seemingly unthinkable and undoable. Consequently, the koi fish is also considered good luck.
A koi fish tattoo picture is often very colorful and vibrant, with bursts of different hues composing the beauty of the image. In nature, the koi comes in a variety of colors, from white, black, yellow, blue, and cream. However, don't let nature limit your design-- incorporate as many colors as you want, just make sure the hues are rich and vibrant- a koi fish blueprint is no place for a pastel!
Part of the beauty of the koi fish image is found when you add in the details of the design. Intricate scaling and tiny gills on the surface of the fish provide a 3-dimensional effect on the body. These designs are usually composed of bright and vividly colored lines and curves. The fish is often depicted moving across the body as if skimming across the water- lightly and effortlessly. To achieve this effect with your artwork, try positioning the tattoo using the natural contours of your body, such as wrapping around the forearm, slipping over the shoulder blade, or shimmying down the leg.
Tribal designs lend themselves perfectly to the agile koi fish, which swims beautifully in the thick black lines of the ornately curved design. Tribal tattoos are often inked in just black, but also look gorgeous outlined in a single color, such as red, turquoise, gold, or orange, and can of course be filled in with an equally rich hue.
For a different take on the koi fish picture, try playing on the symbolism of the figure. Use the blueprint to form a heart, or depict two fish chasing each other in a circle like playmates on the playground. For an edgier body art design, try showing the transformation of the koi from fish to dragon, or let it symbolically devour an obstacle or hindrance in your life that you are trying to overcome. Koi Fish skin art work especially well with writing, whether in English, Chinese, or Japanese.