Ascending Koi Tattoo and Apparel is the culmination of mutual passions, philosophies, as well as artistic interests and talents of the entire Ascending Koi family; the unique & authentic studio first opened on June 1, 2011. The Ascending Koi team has created a space that is ego free in which they can actively share their passions for beautiful tattoo & fine art & the development of awesome, on-going relationships with clients & local and global communities. They also wanted to design a space filled with a strong sense of community that opens channels for artistic expression personal & professional growth & the sharing of ideas and knowledge. 

The Ascending Koi family strives to offer an approachable and open-minded atmosphere for their clients & is unsurpassed in client care. They are fun & funny & from the moment you walk through the door, you will feel welcomed and at home!

The name “Ascending Koi” was chosen for the studio because the legend reflects the belief system held by the team of  never giving up and always striving to achieve one’s goals and aspirations….to strive for one’s own personal successes in life, no matter  what obstacles one may encounter along the way . read more


The legend of the Ascending Koi

 In the wild, koi are cold water fish who gain strength by swimming against currents. It seems they have captured the imagination of fish fanciers for centuries. Many years ago, in a time before recorded history, a huge school containing thousands of koi swam up the Yellow River. The colors of their well muscled bodies flashed in the sunlight making them seem like a million living jewels. All was going well until the koi reached a waterfall. Immediately, a large number of them grew discouraged and turned back, finding it much easier to simply go with the flow of the river.    Yet, a determined group of 360 koi stayed on. Straining and leaping, each koi strove to reach the top of the falls. Again and again they flung their bodies into the air only to fall back into the water. All this splashing noise drew the attention of the local demons who laughed at the efforts of the struggling koi. Adding to their misery, the demons sadistically increased the height of the falls.  Still the koi refused give up!    Undeterred, the koi continued their efforts for one hundred years. At last, with one heroic leap, a single koi reached the top of the falls. The God’s smiled down in approval and transformed the exhausted koi into a shining golden dragon. He joyfully spends his days chasing pearls of wisdom across the skies of the vast and eternal heavens. Whenever another koi finds the strength and courage to leap up the falls, he or she too becomes a heavenly dragon.    The falls have become know as the Dragon’s Gate and, because of their endurance and perseverance, koi have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one’s destiny.