50 Awesome Fish Tattoo Designs

You may be surprised why people inked fish tattoos on their body. In fact fish has long intimacy with human being. It has a lot of symbolic meanings in many cultures across the history. In Christianity, the fish is a symbol of abundance and faith. Today, most fish tattoos are related to the koi fish tattoos, which originated from East Asia.

The word koi (also known as carp) comes from Japanese, which includes both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. In Japan, the koi fish symbolizes perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose, which stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. In China, fish and rice represent fertility and abundance due to their ability to reproduce in speed and volume.

Fish also means good fortune or luck, happiness, knowledge. Of course, people may love fish tattoos for no reasons, just for cool. In this post, I have collected 50 awesome fish tattoo designs inked on different parts of body in variety of colors. Do Pin It if you love any of them.

Koi Fish Tattoo (EXPLORED)

Goldfish tattoo

Koi fish tattoo – first session.


koi fish tattoo

Fish tattoo

Fancy fish

my goldfish I


Koi Carp 2

Koi tattoo

fish tattoo

fish tattoo

fish tattoo

fish tattoo

Small golden fish tattoo (less than 2 inches)

koi fishes tattoo by Mirek vel Stotker


Koi tattoo

koi tattoo

Koi fish tattoo


Christine’s new koi tattoo


Fishes on the right!

fish tattoo

koi fishes tattoo on calf

kyoto carp.Gakkin tattoo

spring of kyoto

Kyoto Koi,carp GAKKIN TATTOO

Look out for Shark

Fish Tattoo

Koi Fish Tattoo



custom koi arm


  1. Good information. I am thinking about koi tattoo, but I do not know what color to choose. I know that it is very important to choose the right color. Red is taken as an energetic color so the tattoo is typically an expression of masculine love. It can be used to represent love for a woman by a man or a woman can have one as a reminder of the strong love she has for someone or commitment to something – It is passionate. Black symbolizes great adversity, the black koi fish is used to represent adverse struggle to succeed. It can be a story of rags to riches, a symbol of surviving a battle and coming out alive. Whatever hardships one has to go through to get to the point they are now can be represented by this tattoo. Dragon Koi Tattoo. This is inspired by the Chinese Legend. The Dragon koi is usually yellow and is swimming upstream in the yellow river to transform into a dragon.
    This signifies a person striving to fulfil their destiny amidst the different obstacles. It is a bit like the black koi because there is a relation to adversity but it is also used to symbolize strength, courage, bravery to challenge the odds in order to create one’s own destiny and get reborn. It can serve as a symbol of rebirth. Like a woman who gathers the courage to leave an abusive marriage or an employee who leaves their job to try and set up their own business. It can also be used to indicate a new beginning after bereavement. Blue Koi Tattoo. Blue is usually associated with men but it can also be used as a symbol of reproduction. The blue fish design is associated, however, with a stage in dealing with adversity. If the blue Koi is swimming upstream in the tattoo, then it symbolizes a person who is currently going through some trials in their life and they are facing them boldly. If, however, the Fish is swimming down the stream, then the person has already dealt with the trials and is moving on with their life. Sometimes people may interpret the blue koi
    swimming down to mean that you have given up on something or someone.

  2. I am planning to have a koi tattoo too. I love koi and want it to be placed on my skin too so that i will bring with me the koi Feng Sui luck, koi actually resembles strength , perseverance love and peace

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