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...
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.
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