One legend depicts how a Koi climbed up the falls on the Yellow River at a point called Dragon Gate and was transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend the Koi became a symbol of perseverance, tenacity, ambition, aspiration and advancement. Another remarkable thing about the Koi is that when it is caught, it would lie still on the chopping board without struggling or flapping around. This led to the Koi being a symbol of courage, composure, peace and tranquility under pressure. The Koi are also referred to as “living jewels,” and are also associated with good fortune. The image of five golden koi are said to mean “eternal wealth” and well-being.
There is a silly debate on which direction the koi should face, up or down. As a tattoo especially a western style one, the orientation is less significant and more about the style and quality of the tattoo as a piece of tattoo art. Koi tattoos carry different meanings for different people. Even the placement of the fish may mean something to certain people. Obviously, the ultimate meaning of any tattoo would always be unique and personal for the person who has it.
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