I've always loved goldfish... and the veiltailed ones? *simpers at her collection of art/photos*
So easily understated is the goldfish... but its beauty and flow despite a lack of streamlined slenderness so typically associated with modern beauty... you'll laugh when I type this, but I always tried to model my sensuality after the goldfish. Like in Fantasia? The song with the long-tailed fish? Yeah...
And the wings to me represent how I feel sometimes. I feel out of place... destined to do something so different from everything I've ever known. Like the aquatic fish and her feathered pinions, a part of me feels I am designed to seek out something beyond the world I'm so accustomed to... if that makes any sense. Also, I loved the line from Ever After when Drew's character says something about how a fish cannot love a bird because it cannot fly and Da Vinci responds "Then we shall give it wings!" and also fish are symbolic of the fertile subconscious... of mystery and depth... of there being so much more than what is on the surface. And that is definitely me.
The waterlily also helps to restate the beauty and strange ethereal qualities of the subconscious... I also like to think that water lilies are symbolic of art. How it forms in the subconscious in dreams and ideas and only truly blossoms into something beautiful the whole world can see when it finally breaks the surface of the water and blossoms in reality. And I, the strange little winged fish that hides so demurely behind my art...
Seems like it'd be a great tattoo for me. I don't just want something because I like it or because its cool or cute or whatever. If I'm gonna have it on my skin for the rest of my life, I want for it to MEAN something to me... to be symbolic of the person I am and who I always want to be. This design is meant to be roughly 4-5 inches wide... and I'm thinking I'll probably place it on my ankle.
Admittedly, the fish in this piece is modelled heavily after a piece done by another DA artist some two years ago. I'm not sure if this person is still active, but I do hope they don't mind that I used their design as a stepping stone for my own. I respect their art and their wishes should they deny me premission to post this art, but I hope they will see... as I stated to them before... that this is a truly fine example of how imitation is the finest form of flattery.