The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength. Carp or in Japan koi fish are symbols of overcoming adversity. As legend said, the huge school of golden koi gained strength swimming against strong current upstream the Yellow River in China. Finally, when they reached Waterfall most of them went back, but few tried to leap their way to the top of the waterfall. Local demons have seen their futile efforts and laughed at them the whole time until one koi fish succeeded, and gods rewarded it. These symbolic tattoos are an artistic way to proudly share your story of how you’ve prevailed your greatest struggle in life. Different designs and colors come with different meanings. Blue koi swimming downstream could mean you’ve given up or you are moving on, while black koi represents great adversity. Dragon koi is for someone eager to fulfill his own destiny, and the red one symbolizes passion.