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Koi Tattoos And The Legend Behind Them
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Koi Tattoos And the Legend Behind Them

There is a very interesting legend behind the story of the koi, and that legend is linked to the koi tattoo meaning that we often hear about, that of determination and the promise of getting what we work hard for. Many people are not familiar with this legend, but the fact is that the waterfalls that we often see around the koi fish in Japanese pictures that we look at and that are often put in with koi ponds are directly linked to the legend.

Many years ago, there were thousands of koi fish that were swimming up the Yellow River altogether so many koi fish that you almost couldn’t see the bottom of the river. After quite some time swimming together the koi came to a waterfall and all but a few hundred quit swimming and turned around, but the small group that stayed at the falls tried their best to make it up the falls. The flopped and flipped and put all their effort into getting past the falls, but there was no avail.

Demons came along and say the koi fish trying to make it up the falls, seeing their struggle the demons left and pushed the falls up to an even greater height, but the koi at the falls remained determined. After almost 100 years one koi fish managed to make it to the top of the falls after all of his hard work, and seeing this the Gods smiled down on the koi fish and granted him a gift. The koi was transformed into a beautiful golden dragon with the power to fly up into the heavens and look down on the koi that were still continuing their journey. To this day any koi that makes it up the falls has the promise of being turned into a golden dragon by the gods as is sometimes seen on koi and dragon tattoo designs to represent the meaning.

The koi tattoo meaning is that if you work hard for something like the koi did trying to make it up the falls; you can find yourself with a great reward that is worth the struggle. The next time you see a koi tattoo you will know that the person who is has it is showing their koi tattoo meaning that they want to work hard to gain the things that they want in the world. Something that you should keep in mind however is that even though this is a common koi tattoo meaning it doesn’t mean that all koi tattoos hold that meaning and the best way to learn about someone and their tattoos is to ask them.


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My son has a Koi tattoo on his right arm from lower forearm almost to his shoulder. It is beautiful with all the color in it. If I wasn't such a chicken, I would get a tattoo myself. I have a beautiful Cherokee Dreamcatcher picked out if I can get up the nerve to do it. My Cherokee ancestors are no doubt ashamed of my timidness. LOL Nice article, I enjoyed it. I have learned that many tattoos have meanings behind them, if you take time to look.

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  about 5 years ago

very interesting story Zachary

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  about 5 years ago

Thanks Shawn, slowly learning people like the stories about interesting stuff on here lol!

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  about 5 years ago

I'm not into tattoos, but this was interesting to find out that there is a meaning behind koi tattoos.

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  about 5 years ago

Thanks For the Comment, yeah I had to read up on but I had no idea, kinda cool!

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  about 5 years ago
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