Koi fish tattoos have several meanings, especially based on the color of the tattoo. The primary meaning is one of luck based on the legend that koi can become dragons by climbing a mythical waterfall. Thus, many use the koi tattoo to symbolize strength and endurance, especially through difficult situations.
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Koi Fish Tattoo Meaning of the Colors
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The standard koi fish is a gold fish, but other colors carry specific meanings:
Red Koi Fish are for love and energy
Black Koi symbolize achieving and building to success
Blue Koi represent both overcoming difficulties and reproduction
Dragon Koi tattoos represent overcoming difficulties to become a powerful dragon. some use it to memorialize the begging of a new part of their life.
Yin-Yang Koi fish are used in the way the standard ying yang tattoo is used to show how life and the world are connected
Koi with Lotus Flowers symbolizes the struggle to obtain ultimate success in life