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Goldfish, Koi Fish in Feng Shui and Chinese Belief

A popular Chinese New Year symbol is a child holding a large goldfish and a lotus flower, symbolizing abundance of gold and harmony.

According to Feng Shui, a fish represents wealth and prosperity because the actual word in Chinese for fish, in Pinyin: yú, 魚, also translates to “abundance” 裕 Pinyin: yù.
Twin golden carp swimming atop a golden yuanbao/ ingot/ coin is an even better sign. Not only wealth, abundance, but love, domestic felicity, partnership, tenacity, hence fertility, hence renewal is symbolized.
A pair of fish is also one of the Eight Buddhist Symbols.

Koi fish either black or red, also symbolizes wealth and success.

The occurrence of other colours was first recorded in 1276. The first occurrence of fancy tailed goldfish was recorded in the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD).

In my formative years, I bred Goldfish, specifically blackmoors.

The Tattoo world is no stranger to me, and here, this industry has embodied heart and spirit , the lore of Asian.  The Goldfish is a subject matter often tattooed, and a personal favourite. The Koi, is a fish more prominent, as a marking.  

I also have, personally, a favourite of mine, adorned with a full sleeve, created by the industrial, Chris Trevino.  He tattoos bodysuit after bodysuit.  Thankfully, he squeezed me in and despite the reputation for full coverage tattooing, he enjoys the smaller pieces.

Goldfish in the tattoo world, symbolism of auspiciousness and prosperity, to bring in gold and wealth.  Four goldfish symbolise luck.


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