Vividly colored, fascinating to watch, the Koi Fish have become a popular icon in the fine art and tattoo world. During frequent visits to our favorite vacation spot, I often gaze into a mote filled with hundreds of koi fish. I snapped this photo of them during their feeding-time and captured an array of color, beauty and an individuality all its own.
In the fine art and tattooing world, the Koi have become iconic not only for their colors and mysteriousness, but for their symbolism. I looked around and found a website called aboutkoifish.com, where they outline the different meanings behind the Koi. Here's what they said:
"Being a non-conformist – Koi swimming upstream can be interpreted as showing the philosophy of non-conformism because of the fact that the Koi does not “go with the flow”. This can mean a person is very independent minded and does not do things the way they are expected of him or her. Swimming upstream can mean that a person is not easily influenced by others and does what he or she wants.
Strength in time of adversity – Koi fish also symbolizes persistence and the willingness to go on even though you are being swept away. It also symbolizes surpassing expectations. The Koi fish swimming upriver can show that a person has overcome various obstacles and not only does he or she keep standing, but he or she has come out victorious."
Reason enough? I'd say so. Fine Art and Tattoo Artist Jason Dunn is quite familiar with the Japanese art genre. Its popularity has inspired him to produce some really fine pieces. So if you're interested in Japanese art, or any other type of art, you should visit the Portfolio section of his website. And, should you be inspired by his creativity, call or email him and chat with him about it!