Koi Fish Tattoo Half Sleeve
One of the most popular Japanese Style Tattoo Idea is – Koi Fish Tattoo Half Sleeve or Full Sleeve. In the same time One of the most powerful meaning in Japanese Art.
This selection of Japanese Sleeves showcasing different variations of the same idea. Done by George during his 30 years career all over the world.
Koi Tattoo Symbolism
Chinese in origin, the koi is now widely celebrated in Japan, particularly for its masculine qualities.
Legend states that the koi climb the waterfall bravely, and if they are caught, they face their death on the cutting board bravely like a samuri.
In Japan, the word koi refers primarily to the wild variety. As a result, many of the country’s symbolic meanings for the fish refer to the wild variety instead of the fish species as a whole. One of the primary reasons the fish is symbolic in Japanese culture is because it is known for swimming upstream no matter what the conditions are. These fish are even said to swim up waterfalls. This is viewed as an absolute show of power because they will continue to swim upstream as if on a mission. They cannot be distracted or deterred by anything.
Symbols of strength and masculinity in Japan, Koi are know there as the “warrior’s fish”.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’d like to have this kind of tattoo in your life, and like George’s style of tattooing, please feel free to contact him and then you will discuss your custom tattoo. But before that:
1. Please check up portfolio ones more, just to be sure that George’s style of work is compatible to your tattoo idea, he wouldn’t be able to help if it’s not.
2. Collect reference pictures to clearly illustrate your tattoo idea in the best way. Please note: George works by custom only. Photos of someone else’s tattoos can only be used as an example of desired tattoo style. Absolutely NO copying of other peoples tattoos or parts of that tattoos! More tips about custom tattooing can be found here.
3. George only takes consultation bookings via e-mail, please send detailed conceptual description of your tattoo idea, including approximate expecting size, body part, left or right side etc. Please attach all images you have collected. The more useful information you can provide, the quicker your actual consultation can be scheduled.
George works only in styles represented in his portfolio and absolutely serious about results of his work, that’s why He’s always really selective on what to do on skin. For instance, He never makes letterings, sorry about that. Please, set up your consultation appointment only if you strongly believe that George can do what exactly you want.
All the tattoos in this gallery showing different Koi Fish Tattoo Half Sleeve and Full Sleeve by George Bardadim, Tattoo Artist based in NYC, resident Artist at Tattoo Culture, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.