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tattoo : koi ichi by fydbac tattoo : koi ichi by fydbac
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Please DO NOT ask to have this as a tattoo: be inspired by it, but do not copy in anyway. Get a design that is unique to you.…

idea: evil koi
medium: ballpoint pen on copy paper
duration: 1hr - 1.5hr

In my journey to learn and become a tattoo artist, my friend Alf (an long time recipient of the art form) made the comment that the shops I go to may test me with a quick sketch. So he gives an idea, and I create it right on the spot. All comments welcome of course.

Please, no copy or any action which may suggest this is owned or created by your person.
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Maxim0308 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
ADrising Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you get the job?
fydbac Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
what job?
kcvsing Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Interface Designer
really great level of details
dove789789 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
good advice !
LucasPACS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Olá Fydbac, eu ví sua arte e achei simplesmente fantástica, por favor queria sua permissão para poder usa-la como tatuagem, acho que devo pedir a sua permição em respeito a você e seu magnifico trabalho. Obrigado

Perdão se não escrevi corretamente pois não falo inglês ^^'
fydbac Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Obrigado. Tatuagens deve ser exclusivo para o utente, por favor, não use isso como uma tatuagem. Inspire-se, mas por favor, não copie.

Eu não sei português, eu usei o Google Translate.
LucasPACS Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Okay Fydbac, anyway.. thanks for listening and good job.
LucasPACS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Fydbac Hello, I saw his art and thought simply fantastic, please wanted their permission to be able to use it as a tattoo, I think I should ask her permição in awe of you and your magnificent work. thank you

Forgiveness is not written correctly because I do not speak english ^ ^ '
sChinetheoNe Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Sketchig, this is as good as it gets, congratulations on the awesomeness.
sChinetheoNe Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
DAFUQ!!!! YOU, are doing it right..
TheRealDarkRevan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
seriously nice
Karmiraaa Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Creepy, dark rendition of a traditional japanese Koi, I love it!
yngabbot Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dfmurcia Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link]
juiceinthedark Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
this is great!
defy520 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
nice very nice!
LuckyWing Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very graceful. I like the expression the eye gives off, and the scale texture is exquisite.
bilginmage Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
so good, i love your style.
Aquapowa Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Koi POwa
SeikaKitsune Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Its so pretty!
yosoyluis2002 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
i like it!
CamBam91 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
love the detail!
Rabsal-VI Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
fucking amazing.
michaelmedinaart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
OniRyuu1023 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
LiL-Russian Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesom xD got faved
Unconfined-gfx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
im not much of a fan of getting tattoed but i can definetely get this tattooed
Legend-Ink Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional Artist
Great sketch, the piece is full of drama!
MAGNIFIEDplaid07 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
this is beautiful!
Konnee Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm not into these koi thingies :D:D they are usually all the same :D but this one is amazing :) love it :)
DrunkenCow Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
wow can i get this tattoo'd on me?
fydbac Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Many people have asked that, so I wouldn't advise it. But if you really want it, I suggest asking the first person in these comments (who I've given permission to) if you can get it as well.

Thank you very much for being so considerate in asking for my permission first! I truly appreciate it.
Pim-s Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
awesome work!
shaggythevampire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
hehehe i love it! My frineds and I have a place that we call The fish Lord...oh if you know some spanish it will be better for me to wrate you...
SOURd Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Stunning. :heart:
saikodelicat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O sorry... i did not see the comment from avobe... sorry... oooo i will ask the other guy... and yhea sucks to have the same tatto from another guy :( but since we are in diferent countrys i belive is hard to see each others... but still i will ask!
saikodelicat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEllo! i HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR a cool design to tatto... i think this is it...? Is a problem with that? i really hope not... i was thinking in the koi fish in black and the smoke around in red, hope you give chance to make myself your design.. itñs amazing! :)
gypsy-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
So I saw that a couple people were interested in this tattoo, and I love it too. I was wondering if anything has happened with that? Because if not, I would love to [maybe] use this for a tattoo for myself. I have not officially decided yet which I would like but if you are willing to let me use it that would be good to know. It's stunning. :]
fydbac Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Someone else already asked to use it, and I'm very against people getting the same tattoos except for a few exceptions. Somewhere in the other comments for this piece, you can find the person who asked, and my permission. If you asked them, and they give you permission, then you have mine.

But, since it is a sketch, you can have me do one for you under my $21 dollar commission offer. Although that doesn't include any preliminary sketches or revisions. Just an original koi design from me.

Thank you very much for your consideration in asking my permission.


illusionality Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
very impressive! :)
I enjoy drawing with a pen :)
Gimics Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
This picture's the reason I joined deviantart. I hope I'm fortunate to commission someone like you to draw me a tattoo one day.
Azrael-Nekhbet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
I really love your works already, and this koi in particular is intriguing because of the strong linework. It's very convincing and captivating, the whole motion of it is very well executed. I particularly love the face.
I'm rather picky about koi fish pictures, but I must say I'd definitely get this as a tattoo.
It's great to see an original Koi design!
I'm looking to become a tattoo artist too, but after seeing your work I think i'm going to have to up my game.
RazielLycas Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
can I use it for a tatoo on my arm?
fydbac Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Sure, But I'd have to request you purchase the original from me if you'd like me to send a hi'res version. Normally, I'd prefer you buy the piece from me before tattooing anything; As I believe in having one of a kind tattoos.

I really appreciate you taking the time to ask my permission. That really means a lot. Thank you.
artistche Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
walrus-gumboot Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
that is THE coolest koi i have ever seen!
magda-poland Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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