Koi – The Japanese began breeding them for their aesthetic appeal in the mid 1800s. They are recognized as symbols of perseverance and endurance, as well as strength and individualism. Koi swimming upstream can symbolise perseverance, legend has it that if the Koi climbed upstream and through the Dragon Gate it would become a Dragon. Koi swimming downstream can symbolise overcoming obstacles.

A mix of swimming up and downstream can make a super sleeve!

Here is a Koi on an inner arm with small flat style Chrysanthemums, a decorative single point Koi tattoo with just a few splashes and also covering up some unwanted writing!

Originally introduced from China, the Chrysanthemum flower came with a legend about longevity, the story of a town whose residents all lived to over 100 years old, where the water came from a mountain spring surrounded by Chrysanthemums.

The Chrysanthemum has a lengthy autumn bloom season and has medicinal properties.

Japanese Style Tattoo by Rich Pearson
GUNG HO! Tattoo, Birmingham