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Koi Tattoo Design by Mull-Art Koi Tattoo Design by Mull-Art
**PLEASE stop copying my design and posting as your own work**

I've got the ink bug again, mainly due to my buddy asking for a new design.
Havent had any work done for over 7 years and wants some more. This design has been on the back burner for over 8 years now, basically the upper koi and kanji is presently on my upper left arm, the lower ones were drawn as an extension to the piece.

I've purposely left space on either side so I can wrap the waves/water design around to make it a full sleeve.

Originally drawn in pencil and coloured with ochre watercolour, added to PS for layout and colour balance.

Note: This design is not for general release, please do not use
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bngsound Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
mate, can I do this on my sleeve? I literally searched the whole internet for something I like and is simple, beautiful and meaningful (obiously like this one :) ) and haven't found anything else. I would ask the tattoo guy to design something but it wouldn't be anything close to this. And about the meaning of the writing...it's perfect. Good job!
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That image is whats on my arm, its a personal piece and at times wish I'd never uploaded BUT art is about sharing, sharing that passion and if it inspires you to have something as meaningful as a tattoo then I'm happy to allow it.

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duqmf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Nice job man!!
May I ask you, what is the meaning of those ideogram?
Thanks and congrats!!!
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much.
The calligraphy is Hatsun Jindo, which means 'parting the clouds , seeking the way'. It was penned by master Gichin Funakoshi.
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duqmf Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Thanks
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Stuart47 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Hi I absolutely love this picture and was wondering if I could have the image without the watermark please.. I want to print it onto acrylic to go in my garden to go with my koi pond...thanks stuart
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verisa1978 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Artist
really nice work! this is one of the absolute best designs i have seen here, and i am a bit critical..(Sorry, my english is'nt all that--:-)

Good work!
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks very much, your English is fine ;)
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Minariku Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Nice. I love it. I think it's very authentic, though coming from an inexperienced person like me hey...

Though I have seen some of the older works like this one actually done on location, and it looks very similar in style.

You wouldn't happen to still be designing would you?
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I am still designing in between freelance gigs, I've just finished another koi tattoo design but cannot show due to my clients wishes.

Many thanks for the kind words
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Definisca Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student Photographer
wow this is awesome!! I've been looking for something to get on my arm and would like something along these lines. I'm probably going to have a friend of mine draw something for me though but this is great work!!!
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much
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von-leadfoot Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
awesome work
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Bishop1807 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Awesome!
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yaoi-fied Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
looks great! and i love how the kanji looks, what does it say?
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, its caligraphy by Gichin Funakoshi who was the father of modern day karate-do, it says 'Parting the clouds, seeking the Way'
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thepixi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
I so want to tattoo that to my body. :)
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
if you wish to use the image for an actual tattoo then please be my guest but I'd like to see the end result to see how it compares with mine :)
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thepixi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
I am not sure I could sit still long enough to get it. LOL I get antsy when needles are involved. My tattoo artist would end up knocking me out just to get any of it done. If I ever do tattoo it to my body I will let you know and post it on here with a link to you.
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
tattoo's are incredibly addictive although its been a few years since Ive had a new one, perhaps its time I got more ink?
If ever you get any and use this design I'd love to see it.
Take care :)
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thepixi Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
I will totally be posting it on here if I get any tattoo. Tattoos are a way to express one's self on their body. That is art to me.
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I totally agree, its a shame when people just get any design tattooed on themselves without any consideration.
I have 4 pieces but only 2 designed by myself, one being similar to this design and the other a sacred heart. Its about time I had some more lol
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o0WdA0oMinako Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Looks great =)
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Matt2010 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
A fantastic koi design, easily some of the best I've seen so far. Do you do commission work at all? I ask because I've been looking to have a koi/water tattoo done as a shoulder piece around my kanji tattoo that is already there, I really like your style that you used in this piece.
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks very much, unfortunately I dont have any spare time draw or paint at the moment sorry
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Tattgirl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Wow! wonderful!!
I'm looking into getting a koi fish tattoo on my right ribs, with maybe some flower in the mix... maybe you could design it for me!
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CaraKhan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful, nice flow, and koi are always a nice addition to a sleeve.
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start-by-finishing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a very skillful piece i admire your work fave.
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks very much and thanks for the fave :)
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start-by-finishing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
s'okay
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MJWilliam Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful design! :heart:
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takemesomewhere01 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Would it be ok for me to use this tattoo?!?!?!
il send u a pic of it when i have it:)
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
am really sorry bro but its not available for general release :(
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CTse Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
OMG. i <3 it

i want a tattoo like that for my 19th b-day
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thanks very much
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KasperV Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
very cool m8 I'd love to see the real tattoo, it'll be awesome
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spacecowboy76 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That should be a print.
Simply Excellent!
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thanks buddy but I dint want peeps ripping for their arms lol, I know the 'watermark' really stops them stealing it :lmao:...................................

"the Magic Watermark"
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spacecowboy76 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait. Wait. There's actually a water mark in there!!!!
:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
yeah the magic watermark :lmao:
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pixeltease Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pics will be shown right? This is going to be a beautiful sleeve. :D
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
certainly will :D
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fispaste Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007   Interface Designer
looks great
but it looks to me as tho the top fish is dif colors than the bottom 2 and i think they should all be the same color imo

still fav'd tho
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the fav buddy, yeah the top one was drawn 6-12 months before the bottom part. Over that time the watercolours have faded and I wasn't going to mess around in PS (yeah am too lazy lol)

thanks again bud
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DINO-DINELLI Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007   Digital Artist
That's brilliant.. !!
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
cheers buddy
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rejectsocietyfx Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Student Digital Artist
damn this ones amazing :O
as i read it good you got this or at least a part of it already on your arm right ?
if so id love to see a pic of it
cheers
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, yeah i have the top koi and kanji already inked on my upper arm, i'll upload a piccy into scraps soon ;)
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rand22 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
nice stuff man one day i will show you some of my tattoos :)
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