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Koi Tattoo Design
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Published: October 1, 2007
© 2007 - 2019 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
Image size
2572x5349px 9.61 MB
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bngsound's avatar
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-ArtProfessional 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.

duqmf's avatar
Nice job man!!
May I ask you, what is the meaning of those ideogram?
Thanks and congrats!!!
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Mull-ArtProfessional 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.
Stuart47's avatar
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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verisa1978Student 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-ArtProfessional Digital Artist
thanks very much, your English is fine ;)
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MinarikuStudent 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-ArtProfessional 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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DefiniscaStudent 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-ArtProfessional Digital Artist
thank you very much
yaoi-fied's avatar
looks great! and i love how the kanji looks, what does it say?
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Mull-ArtProfessional 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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thepixiProfessional General Artist
I so want to tattoo that to my body. :)
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Mull-ArtProfessional 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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thepixiProfessional 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-ArtProfessional 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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thepixiProfessional 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-ArtProfessional 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
Matt2010's avatar
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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