Koi tattoo has a rich history. It's mythology goes back over 2,000 years ago, in China. The image of the Koi and the stories were adopted into Japanese culture as well, which is the more popular version of the koi seen in tattoo today. Koi fish are beautiful creatures seen in backyard ponds, botanical water gardens and other places where their beauty can add to the scenery. Koi have vivid and elegant color and patterns on them. They can also get quite large.
The Koi fish makes an amazing looking tattoo and is often accompanied with waterlilies, stylized waves, other florals such as a cherry blossom, and can also be mixed with other Japanese creatures such as the dragon. A full sleeve is a very popular placement for this particular tattoo, but the koi can also be seen on the leg, full back and chest. It is very easy to find a flash design with a koi, but to be really unique and to make sure that you have a one of a kind koi tattoo, it's best to get it custom designed from a professional artist.
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