Koi fish

Tattoo by Dr.Ink, Atka Tattoo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Koi Fish Tattoo Meanings

As one of the most colourful and intricately patterned cold water fish, koi fish are renowned symbols in Japanese and Chinese culture. They play an important role in ancient folklore, and were believed to transform into a magical dragon if they could swim upstream, past the Dragon’s Gate. Below, we’ve put together a Koi Fish tattoo dictionary, explaining the meaning behind each one of these tattoo designs.

 

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