This tattoo uses imagery from different Asian cultures to help create an interesting full sleeve. At the top of the arm, on the shoulder is a Chinese guardian lion, also known as a “fu dog”. These act as guardians in the Feng Shui tradition and many people believe they can transfer these protective powers to the wearer. The black koi swimming up towards the fu dog could represent working to overcome difficult circumstances and enter into the protection of the animal. The cherry blossoms add a touch of color and further meaning to this interesting piece. The attention to detail is apparent: notice the claw marks that lead to the feet of the fu dog and the round ball under its foot that represents the world that it is protecting over.
These lovely fish are an essential element in Japanese art and are packed full of meaning. Koi fish can represent a myriad of different emotions and themes in life, including familial or romantic love, overcoming adverse circumstances or simply good luck.
They are sometimes mistaken for goldfish because many koi fish have orange, yellow, and peach tints to their overall patterns. While koi fish make for great pets, there is quite a cost associated with them because koi fish require a lot of care and their tanks take a lot of effort to upkeep. The reason why koi fish are such a common tattoo idea is that they are a representation of resilience and perseverance.
Koi tattoos for men originate in Japanese culture. In the Japanese language, the word koi is what Japanese people call a carp fish. Koi is short for the longer word nishigikoi and these fish are an eccentric and beautiful creature. Koi fish are as colorful as can be, and they usually have a variety of shaded patterns along their fishy scales.
We love Koi tattoos; these fish are so beautiful and colorful.
7. Bright Blue
Yet another tattoo design chock-full of Asian symbolism. The yin-yang symbol stands for harmony and balance. According to Buddhist and Taoist teachings, everything in this world is connected to each other.
When it comes to pricing, the standard tattoo could go from at least $50 to $100 per hour. An original design could cost a whopping $300. Of course, it all depends on the tattoo’s size, and the artist’s skill. The rates will all depend on how the tattoo parlor works, along with the artist’s experience.
Marine animals are also seen as keepers of ancient knowledge. In Irish mythology, an ordinary salmon gained unbelievable insight into the world around it after it ate hazelnuts that fell into the Well of Wisdom, thus transforming it into the Salmon of Knowledge. It was eventually caught by a great wizard who wanted to gain all the knowledge in the world by eating the salmon. But the knowledge locked within the salmon was inadvertently given to the wizard’s servant boy, Fionn, who then spent the rest of his life using his newfound wisdom to help others. Little did the ancient Celts realize that fish like salmon are actually rich in the Omega fatty acids needed for brain development!
In many African and East Indian traditions, the Fish is seen as a symbol of Creation, Transformation, and Fertility. The Hindu god, Vishnu, transformed into a fish (Matsya) and saved the world from a horrific flood. Fish are also symbols of Abundance. The Babylonians and Sumerians revered Enki, a Creation deity, while the ancient Egyptians viewed the Starfish as a symbol of Renewal and Healing. In some parts of China, newlyweds are given gifts of fish as a token of Prosperity and to bestow blessings on them in the hopes that they’ll have lots of children.