Hi I am drawing up a sleeve with 2 Koi fish and red Lotus flowers. I Also added cherry blossoms, then was told they contradict eachother and it upsetted a por of people. Is This true and if so what goes with my Lotus flowers?
I dont know of a contradiction between the two subjects. But traditionally koi are always depicted swimming upstream. Maybe that was the problem.
They both go up stream and I don’t care if it was last year this year or 50 years ago its my style
Having gotten tradition Japanese tattoos here in Japan by traditional Japanese tattoo artists, I can tell you that there is no definitive direction that koi must swim – upstream or downstream. They are done both ways. So don’t sweat it.
The only major uproar I can see when you mix flowers is that certain flowers, such as Sakura (cherry blossoms) are only around for about 10 days in Spring. So if other types of flowers or leaves are not in the same season, it might be an issue for purists.
thank you this is quite helpful.
Get whatever you want 🙂
to me it kind of does. idk why but id love to go to japan and learn but doubt thatll happen