Life… Back Again
The Koi fish, in its art form, has many meanings. The Japanese folklore portrays the koi fish as a brave creature that perseveres through the rapid current in order to climb to the top of its destination, the strong and threatening waterfall. The Chinese folklore takes it a step further. Upon completing its destination the fish was transformed into a magnificent dragon. The fish was rewarded for its perseverance and determination by transforming to a more advanced creature.
I chose to get a tattoo of a Japanese koi fish after doing the research on its multiple meanings. When artists draw the koi fish, the placement of the head to the koi’s tail can signify a statement about where someone has been or where they are now. It is believed the koi fish swimming in a downward direction is to signify going through something. The opposite depiction of the fish swimming up indicates or represents someone has been through something and/or is pulling through. Because of the previous mentioned folklores, the koi tattoo has become a symbol today for those who have gone through tough times. From the jilted love who found a way to mend their broken heart to the addict who fought the hunger in order to live life again. Many see the koi as a symbol of courage and hope.
Society as a whole follows the path of the other fish, traveling downstream, away from the current. The broken road I have traveled has been paved with many successes and failures. Much like the koi, I have taken the road less traveled. The tale of where I have been is another story for another time. But what is important to mention is that ninety-nine percent of those who have traveled my earlier path do not make it through the treacherous obstacles to get to their final destination. I am that one percent that so diligently worked to make it past the point of no return. In the past year I have learned to surround myself with...