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Koi Fish Tattoo by mardiyaha Koi Fish Tattoo by mardiyaha
A tattoo design for a friend of mine. I would very much appreciate it if you do not use this for your own tattoo. Please ask before using this image for your own use, thank you.

-Pen and pencil


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Given 2012-12-06
Koi Fish Tattoo by ~mardiyaha ( Featured by princepal )
:iconmadz0600:
madz0600 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   Photographer
This is amazing.
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:iconlouiscooke:
Louiscooke Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Absolutely amazing work here, very impressive
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:iconninjabunny07:
NinjaBunny07 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
beautiful!
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:icondakotablue77:
dakotablue77 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Hi there,

I love your tattoo design; the subtle shading and line work. I'm getting ready to get my first sleeve tattoo, and I would love to use this with your permission. :)

Cheers!
Will
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Ph03nixNL Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Wow, can you make me one? I was looking for a memorial tattoo for my grandfather. He loved his Koi fish. How much would such a design cost?
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:icondizzy96744:
Dizzy96744 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
very beautiful
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:iconfotoheini:
fotoheini Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Photographer
great work
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:iconopelmendoza:
opelmendoza Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
:#1:
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:icongevio:
Gevio Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
great tattoo design! my congratulations for the DD :D
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:iconsolelywolfx:
solelywolfx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Planning on getting a koi tattoo. Pisces style.
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:iconraypelesko:
RayPelesko Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, beautiful design! :thumbsup:
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:iconskurai666:
skurai666 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice.
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:iconmatsumoto-reiko:
Matsumoto-Reiko Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY AWESOME! :heart:!
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:iconprincisstay:
Princisstay Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love this koi :) it looks a lot like the tattoo i have... this is a truly beautiful piece of art
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
lovely
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:iconsnowfirewolf:
Snowfirewolf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is so much detail in the waves and scales and I have to say that the flowers are a nice touch, you really captured the Koi's beauty with this design, nice work!
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:iconjobagjumping:
jobagjumping Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
cool ^^
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:iconkichinia:
kichinia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautifully done!

This vaguely reminds me of the tattoo my friend got a while back. [link]
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:iconmardiyaha:
mardiyaha Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student
Aha! Yes it kind of does! And oh my gosh! My friend got it done on his leg too!
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:iconkichinia:
kichinia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
On his leg? Sweet! I'm assuming he got it done on the calf?
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:iconmardiyaha:
mardiyaha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student
He got it done on the outside of his right leg :-)
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:iconkichinia:
kichinia Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :)
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:iconevilmuffin101:
EvilMuffin101 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That looks like something I would get cause of all the detail and stuff.
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:iconblueyay:
Blueyay Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love fishies!
Its so pretty!
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:iconce3design:
ce3Design Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Masterful work!
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luckyseven11779 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Brilliant !!!!
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:iconoceansilverbreeze:
OceanSilverBreeze Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
This is amazing! I'm a bit sad that it wasn't a mermaid tail (that's what it looked like before I got upclose), but it's still so amazing! It really doesn't need color; it's perfect :D
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LadyPand0ra Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! Very personal :)
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:iconzoeujune773:
zoeujune773 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love koi fish, that's awesome!
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:iconnatt-art:
Natt-Art Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
very good!!!
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:iconsenne-vdb:
SeNnE-VdB Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I've been looking for a nicely drawn koi that's both simple and refined at the same time. Would you give me permission to use this as a base for artwork that I'd put on a longboard?
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cutelittlepanda8 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
so beautiful! I love designs like this :)
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:iconfadedkoi:
FadedKOI Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Nice drawing
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:iconxhanx:
xHaNx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
this is amazing ! great lines, beautiful design :D
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:iconneecow:
Neecow Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Awesome ;)

Can you draw on for me? I have a tattoo coming soon, and it'll be in this theme! But I don't want a "Google" thing =S
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:iconmardiyaha:
mardiyaha Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student
sure, i'll draw one for you. probably over the holidays when i usually have nothing to do haha. just gotta tell me exactly what you want, and you need to give me reference photos.
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:iconneecow:
Neecow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I sent you a note ;)
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:icondeadly-slayr:
Deadly-SlayR Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome design but i can tell you need more work on animal anatomy, the caudal fin looks too small to move the fish
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dustybeijing Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   General Artist
If we're looking for an anatomically perfect fish tattoo, we shouldn't be looking at Asian designs! When it comes to Chinese/Japanese traditional art, and especially tattoo designs, realism is not a priority. More important is what the fish represents, and how to represent it in a bold and attractive way.

You could think of it a little like drawing comic books, with similar use of strong, flowing lines, and bold shading. In the comic book world women's breasts are often far too large and their waists far to small to be realistic (and in real life they would look pretty bizarre), but through these exaggerations and simplifications they're given a greater sense of power and beauty (to some people, at least!).

That being said, though this picture overall looks pretty cool, and mardiyaha is excellent with pencils, it is actually ignoring pretty much every rule of koi design that we emphasise in China...
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:iconmardiyaha:
mardiyaha Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student
hehe, I need more work on my art in general. thanks for the tip, i appreciate it :]
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jazmocamp Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautifully done!
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fROSEn24 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i love these types of pictures
with the koi
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admiralwolverine1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
thats a beautiful koi fish right there

i'm off to google to find out what a koi fish is
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:iconmardiyaha:
mardiyaha Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student
ahahahahahahaha :D
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:iconadmiralwolverine1:
admiralwolverine1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
koi: ornamental varieties domesticated common carp that are kapt for decorative purposes in koi ponds or water gardens

koi means carp in japanese refering to both the dull gray as well as the colored varieties what are known as koi in english are refered to more specifically as nishikigio (meaning brocaded carp)

in japanese koi is a homophne for aniother word meaning love or affection for this reason koi often represent love and friendship in japan
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mardiyaha Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student
my friend says that the koi fish symbolizes strength, determination, aspiration and advancement and the ability to overcome life's obstacles.
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:iconadmiralwolverine1:
admiralwolverine1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
i'm not hating on your friend but since when does a colorful domesticated fish symbolize the ability to overcome obstacles?
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:iconmardiyaha:
mardiyaha Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student
No idea, should do more research on it. Maybe you'll find out :- )
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:iconadmiralwolverine1:
admiralwolverine1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
The story detailing the advancement of the koi fish has been around for generations and generations of Japanese culture. The koi in the story was said to have climbed a waterfall, regardless of the heavy current trying to keep it down in the pool below. The koi battled with great perseverance to reach the top of the falls, because it wanted so badly to achieve what it had gone there to do.

The koi fish was very brave and did in fact make it to the top. The Chinese version of the story takes it a little further. In their version of the folklore tale, the koi swam the whole of the Yellow River, despite the rapid current and made it through the Dragon Gate. Upon completing this dangerous endeavor, the koi was turned into a magnificent dragon. It was allowed to evolve into a more advanced, more vibrant creature due to his extreme perseverance and determination.

The deeper meanings of different colored Koi tattoos:

Red Koi: Tattoos with koi fish that are black in color generally stand for some sort of love, but one of a strong, masculine nature. Red is a very energetic color, so it is no surprise that the red koi fish tattoo is the strongest of the new, contemporary, different colored koi fish tattoos.

Black Koi: Tattoos with koi that are black usually stand for overcoming change successfully.

Blue Koi: Tattoos that display blue fish are also known to be a masculine symbol, but can also be a basic symbol of reproduction.

Which way is the koi fish swimming? It is said that if the koi fish is swimming “up” the part of the body it has been placed on, the person who dons the tattoo may be trying to overcome some sort of personal hardship. If the koi fish tattoo is swimming “down” the body, the tattooed individual has possibly persevered and overcome the problem they were facing.

oh internet how i love you so. giving me the ability to learn about the meaning behind koi fish
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