From common carp in China to a majestic journey into Japan, meet the Koi fish. Aside from koi ponds and water gardens, these fish have quite the interesting story.
When it comes to the Koi, you’ll find all sorts of different colors, patterns and even scales.
Most notably you’ll find them in either white, cream, blue, red, yellow or black. However by far, the most popular stem from the Gosnake, which includes the Tasiho Sanshoku, Showa Sanshoku and Kohaku.
Yet, among them all the common theme of good fortune is present. But why? Well, for generations the legend has claimed that after this fish uses its power to climb the falls on the Yellow River it turns into a dragon. It’s similar to going through difficult experiences in life and having the strength and perseverance to overcome them.
Others believe the nature of swimming against the current symbolizes going against popular opinion, and being independent while having the courage to do it all.
However, in Japanese culture the koi is a symbol of masculinity, with flags of the fish being risen when a new son is born in the home. It’s also viewed as a form of love and passion.
Now, there are a few designs that have more specific meanings like the red koi, which stands for nature, strength and masculinity. Black is a tribute to overcoming change with victory. Blue, for reproduction and challenge. The dragon, which goes back to the folklore of the yellow river dragons. And lastly, the ying-yang which is a symbol of all things connected and balanced.
In these top 50 best koi fish tattoo designs for men you’ll also find the lotus flower. It’s a beloved part of nature that grows wild in muddy ponds.