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Koi Fish Tattoos Designs
A growing trend among tattoo enthusiasts and art lovers in general revolves around the colorful koi fish tattoo designs. Some people indiscriminately call any large goldfish a koi; however, they are a very specific type of fish.
Why is it that they have been popping up on people's bodies in the form of brightly-colored koi fish designs lately?
There are many reasons for the koi's popularity, but it's hardly anything new. People have adored these beautiful fish for several centuries now. If you're one of them, you might want to learn a little more about them; you can do so by checking out the information below!
The History of Koi.
Koi tattoos have a long and illustrious history. Before delving into it, though, you should know that the word "koi" is simply Japanese for "carp." Indeed, koi are just carp - albeit exceptionally beautiful and incredibly colored carp. That said, there's still no denying the allure of these breathtaking fish.
They were initially developed during the Jin Dynasty in China, which was between 260 and 420 AD. They didn't explode in popularity at that time, though, although a lot of thought went into creating their color combinations. In fact, selective breeding was used to produce this amazing effect.
Varieties of Koi.
There are many different types and varieties of koi design, which is why they are so much fun to paint, draw or otherwise illustrate. The most popular category of koi fish is the Gosanke; the Showa Sanshoku, Taisho Sanshoku and Kohaku are all varieties within that category.
Kohaku - When most people envisage a koi tattoo design, the Kohaku is what usually comes to mind. This fish is distinguished by its white body and the bold, red markings across its back. Since it was the first variety that was used for ornamental purposes in Japan, it has remained very popular many years later.
Showa Sanshoku - This fish first made its appearance during the late 1920s. It is an interesting-looking fish, thanks to its black body and its red and white markings. In the U.S., most people just call this koi the Showa. Its look has changed a little through the years, but it is still a very distinctive and attractive type of koi fish design.
Taisho Sanshoku - Many people get Taisho Sanshoku confused with Kohaku; however, the Taisho Sanshoku also includes small black markings. Therefore, it is red, black and white. Authentic Kohaku koi are strictly red and white.
Tancho - If you ever see a koi whose only marking is a red patch on its head, you're looking at a Tancho. Although this design may not be as popular in terms of body art, it is very bold and striking nonetheless.
Kinginrin - These koi appeal to people who like sparkling and glittering things, since its scales look a lot like gold or silver. In fact, the name translates to mean "gold and silver scales" in English. If you'd like your koi with a little bit of pizazz, the Kinginrin tattoo may be right for you!