Ok, I had a request for a better shot of my tattoo. So here it is. I call him Mr. Miyagi.
It is a koi fish, expertly executed by the phenomenal Chris Garver with whom I am secretly in love. If you are in the market to have a koi fish inked on your body, Garver’s the man.
Mr. Miyagi is one year old (last month actually). The koi fish is closely associated with Japan but actually the legend of the koi is Chinese in origin. Here it is:
An ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away.
The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice.
After a hundred years of jumping, one koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength.
Just like me, the koi doesn’t take NO for an answer.
In addition, those are my dancer’s calves which are attached to my dancer’s thighs. Or as I like to call them, Amazon legs.