You may be surprised at first that people also make fish tattoos in their body. But in other words it is not so abnormal as fishes have very old intimate relations with human beings from various angles. In addition to that, fishes also have a lot of symbolic meanings across the world in different traditions and cultures. But you will see that the most common fish tattoos seen nowadays are of Koi fish. But some people also go with other fishes. So there is nothing particular, you can make tattoo of various other fishes like catfish, seahorse, starfish, shark, Jesus fish, beta fish and various others.
The first meaning that fishes hold is the relation with water. Water is regarded as the depth of knowledge. Actually it is true that water contains all the mysteriousness of the unknown. If you consider at the depths of ocean, you can’t even imagine what will be there. Even most of the oceanic parts of the earth are still unexplored. So this vast unknown place is a great mystery. And most importantly fishes are a part of it. According to some cultures, water is also seen as a womb symbol. So it can be also symbolized as an emblem of birth, fertility and woman-ness.
In other words, if we accumulate all the meanings in a single place, fish tattoos has various symbolic meanings. We are giving the list of the basic ones but there are other various meanings around the world. Fertility, Creativity, Eternity, Happiness, Femininity, Good Luck, Transformation, Knowledge.
Around the world fishes are seen with different meanings according to different cultures and they are also a great part of the mythologies. According to Greco Roman mythology, was a regarded as a sacred creature and if we have peek into the mythology you will often see that many myth are there that humans turned into fish to save themselves from various dangers. Again in Christianity, fish is a symbol of abundance and faith. Pagan traditions recognized the fish as a symbol of fertility and the attribute of the Goddesses. According to the Celtic tradition, fishes always dealt with knowledge, wisdom, prophecy and inspiration. Even the ancient Celts believed that the salmon fish gathered knowledge by consuming the sacred hazel nuts from the well of knowledge. In Chinese culture, fish is a symbol of unity and fidelity. Buddhism says that fish should be regarded as the symbol of freedom and happiness.Eastern Indian mythology says that fish is a symbol of creation and transformation. According to their mythology once the God Vishnu transformed himself into Fish to save the whole world from flood.
Again if you see from other side fish is also a zodiac symbol attached to the Pisces. The Pisces sign is represented through a pair of fishes. Actually the word ‘Pisces’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Fishes’. It is one of the most ancient zodiac sign on record. So the people with Pisces zodiac sign can easily go with this Fish tattoo. Pisces people are very emotional, receptive and perceptive in nature. These people are said to be dreamy, artistic and mystical.
So it’s time to think about the tattoo now. Fish tattoos can be made easily with a lot of creativity and variation in the design. Fishes are beautiful and colorful creatures. So it is very easy to decorate the tattoos with colors. Apart from these, as the fish tattoos have lot of deep symbolic meanings, you should consider a research before finalizing about the fish tattoo. Now if you are ready, look at the fish tattoo pictures below and get inspired about your own design.