If there is one subject that instantly identifies a style, that would be koi carp in Japanese tattoo.

Despite some subsequent revisions and reinterpretations, the colour of the traditional koi carp is red/orange and it is often portrayed with long whiskers and clearly defined scales, its sinuous form ideal for the perfect back piece or as a main subject to to filled out with other elements. such as water, maple leaves, chrysanthemum or cherry blossom.

A symbol of tenacity and strength, the koi carp swims upstream, and is also an emblem of transformation into a more powerful being. Because when the koi carp returns to the source it turns into a dragon and in tattoo, the head of the dragon is often shown on its body.

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