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Top 5 Asian Style Tattoo Characters and the Meaning Behind Them

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1. The Koi Fish

The Koi Fish represents luck, hard work, and determination. There is a misconception that the Koi Fish must be faced up. This misconception is untrue, the Koi Fish can be faced up or down, however, the meaning always remains the same.

Koi Fish tattoo by  Master Shark

Koi Fish tattoo by Master Shark

Koi Fish tattoo by  Master Shark

Koi Fish tattoo by Master Shark

 

2. The Dragon

The Dragon represents success. There is an ancient Japanese tale of a Koi Fish swimming up a stream; with the Koi’s determination, the Koi became a Dragon.

Dragon tattoo by  Winson Tsai

Dragon tattoo by Winson Tsai

Dragon tattoo by  Master Shark

Dragon tattoo by Master Shark

 

3. The Tiger

The Tiger symbolizes strength, courage, and protection for ones family. Tigers are also associated with the wind element.

Tiger tattoo by  Master Shark

Tiger tattoo by Master Shark

 

4. The Lion or Fu-Dog

The Lion or Fu-Dog represents protection, strength, courage, good luck, and heroism. You can see these representations on statues outside of temples, as they are there to protect them.

Fu-Dog tattoo by  Master Shark

Fu-Dog tattoo by Master Shark

 

5. The Oni Mask or Demon Mask

The Oni Mask or Demon Mask represents good and evil, tricksters, and demons. The word Oni is best translated as Ogre or Troll 

Oni Mask tattoo by  Winson Tsai

Oni Mask tattoo by Winson Tsai

Oni Mask tattoo by  Master Shark

Oni Mask tattoo by Master Shark