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Koi Fish Tattoos

Koi tattoos featuring either the Chinese character for 'Koi' or pictures of actual Koi fish.


Chinese Symbol for koi Fish

I am often asked about koi fish tattoos meanings.

In China, fish are very lucky. In fact, the Chinese word for fish sounds similar the word for 'surplus' or 'abundance'.

Perhaps for this reason having a koi fish tattoo featuring a beautiful koi fish is supposed to bring you wealth and bounty for years to come.

Gallery of koi fish tattoos

This is one of the most beautiful oriental koi tattoos for females. It is hard to see from the picture but it is on a lady's back and is bigger than the koi tattoos which can fit on your arm.

Japanese dragon fish tattoos tend to be quite large but this is one of the biggest Chinese style koi designs.

Kio fish tatoos 1

Black and white koi tattoos are also very popular. I think this a fantastic example as the definition is so good. My guess is this is a relatively fresh tattoo.

Some people ask me about the symbolism of coloring in koi tattoos. To be honest, I don't think there is a great deal of significance, it is really a question of finding a color which you like and which matches your flesh tone.

Koi tattoo 2

I think the kio fish in this tattoo is brilliant, it's almost the opposite of the black and white tattoo above because the colors are so bright.

The style of the kio fish is more 'realistic' than some of the more abstract versions in some of the other tattoos. To me these look more like Japanese kio fish tattoos than chinese kio.

I guess you have to make up your own mind which sort of kio fish you like but I think this one is one of the best examples I have seen. I bet the owner is very proud.

Koi tattoos 3

He's an example of a double kio tattoo. It is quite a simple design but there is no mistaking the fish for kio.

Double kio tattoos were popular a few years ago but I don't see so many around now. I wonder why. I think they are really cute.

double kio tattoo

Wow, what an amazing koi fish tattoo. This is a very macho representation of a koi tattoo and I think it works really well.

koi tattoo pic

Just look at this koi fish. Isn't it just fantastic? Such lovely colors. If you have ever seen a real koi carp you will know how they seem to have scales with almost every color under the sun.

 

This one is similar but perhaps a bit more decorative. This might be a bit more complicated to make into a clear kio tattoo but if your tattoo artist is able to do to a good job it would look spectacular.

 

In contrast to the really colorful ones above, he's a simple but effective black and white koi tattoo.