Since water is an essential element of human life, it is not surprising that many of the designs requested in tattoo parlors are fish designs. It can be a fashion, but it can also come from a kind of biological reason related to our special relationship with this unique aquatic animal and its habitat …
Anyway, we will try to discern why fishing tattoos (and associated elements) are very popular worldwide for fans of this activity.
But besides the quality of the work of the tattoo artist and the figure represented, for some cultures (and particularly for oriental culture) fishing and all that surrounds it have different meanings, which we will detail below.
Meaning of fish tattoos
In Eastern culture (and in Greek culture, in the West) the aquatic world is a recurring subject. In Japan, carp or Koi fish are a symbol of abundance and knowledge, which is why these species abound in this country and are a part of everyday life.
In the West, Christianity saw fish in the same way and this concept is clearly represented in the Bible, the Holy Book, where there are many verses devoted to fishermen and fish.
The Gentiles, on the other hand, associated the fish with femininity and fertility because it lived in the water, home of the Mother Goddess, which meant that the animals that lived there were fundamental elements for fertility.
In China, among other things, fish represent fidelity and union of couples, since Koi fish often swim together. For Buddhists, they are linked to notions of freedom and happiness.
Meaning of hook tattoos
Another popular tattoo is the hook, a fundamental element of fishing. Many believe that these objects are good luck – and why not believe it? Hooks are a kind of small anchor that can represent salvation, depending on how they are represented.
The safety of travelers can also be symbolized by this type of tattoos, as well as the strength and resistance of the metal characteristics of which the hooks are composed. Prosperity and the will to never give up, whatever the obstacles that stand in the way, are also elements associated with this little utensil.
Finally, the majority of the hooks' meanings make it a symbol of luck, which is never to be disdained in difficult moments.