Japanese Koi Tattoo

Japanese Koi Tattoo

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Project Japanese Koi Yakuza Tattoo 入れ墨
Japanese Kumonryu Koi 九紋竜 Yakuza Tattoo 入れ墨


Koi is actually a type of carp or sturgeon. Chinese legend tells us of the few, strong and proud koi who swum upstream with the promise of being transformed into a magnificent dragon.

These courageous koi fought against raging currents of the Lung Men (known as the Dragons Gate) on the Yellow River. It is said these determined fish showed grand excellence and brave-heartedness in their desire to become dragons.

Whats more, their arduous upstream battle to become dragons was made more challenging because only during a certain time could this transformation take place. Only during the third full moon of each year. A small window of opportunity, but to a willing few, the promise of metamorphosis from fish to dragon was worth the risk.

There are a few out there that also get them as full back tattoos with more of a tradtional Japanese design.

Always remember that Koi Fish tattoo needs a place of honor on your body.

Kumonryu: A midnight black colored fish that is named after a Japanese dragon of transformation – and this fish is said to bring about change in life circumstances.