Japanese sleeve tattoo. Lotus and goldfish.
Japanese sleeve tattoo. Lotus and goldfish. Full sleeve by Bardadim showcasing Goldfish and Lotus Flowers. Done years ago in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
This is a fragment. Nicely healed.
GoldFish and Lotus Japanese sleeve. Full Japanese Sleeve. Softly done gold fishes, floating Lotus Flowers. Goldfish are a form of Asian carp that have been bred for centuries to have specific physical characteristics.
Domesticated carp species like koi and goldfish are associated with financial success. The connection between goldfish and gold coins has led to the goldfish becoming a symbol of wealth. A gift of a goldfish can be construed as a wish for the recipient to become financially successful. In tattoo art, a goldfish can carry this monetary symbolism, but it is up to the wearer of the tattoo to decide if this is what the goldfish tattoo (Japanese sleeve) means to them.
In China, one of the most popular symbols for New Years is an image of a child holding a goldfish and a lotus. Both the goldfish and lotus are symbols of luck, wealth and harmony. In Chinese culture, the meaning of goldfish is abundance, so goldfish tattoo designs can be a wish for a full, charmed life filled with wealth and joy.
In Feng Shui, a live goldfish is kept in the house as a symbol of prosperity. For those people who are unable to care for a goldfish, beautiful embroidered tapestries of goldfish can be hung to bring wealth, joy, luck and abundance into the home. Goldfish tattoos are therefore one of the most feel good tattoo designs that a person can wear, symbolizing not only luck and abundance for the tattoo owner, but for all who see the goldfish tattoo. (Source)