April 25, 2017

Koi & small cherry blossom tattoo on shoulder

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Koi with flowers

Beautiful tattoo of a black koi fish accented with soft pink and grey cherry blossoms on little tree branches.

Koi & small cherry blossom tattoo on shoulder

Cherry blossoms used as an accent can soften up a more bold tattoo like this black koi fish. The carp is done with heavy black shading and has unique designs for the scales and eye. The koi wraps from her neck down onto her shoulder blade with the flowers tucked by the carp’s head. The soft pink and grey cherry blossoms are not outlined so they look almost like shadows compared to the fish.

The koi fish is a traditional symbol in Japanese art and mean good fortune. Cherry blossoms are also very important to the Japanese culture and signify a time for celebration when these flowers start to bud.