I am interested in looking at mix of Eastern and Western cultures. The merger of Chinese mythologies into Western popular culture as reflected in tattoos and other popular design. The interweaving of East and West is reflected in my life and my community.
Peonies the symbol of prosperity, and good fortune. In Chinese and Japanese culture it speaks to risk taking and great reward.
The ancient Chinese Mythology is that the carp swims up in the fast current of the Yellow River until it passes through the "Dragon Gate" to transform into the powerful Dragon. The Koi / Carp is the ultimate of symbol of strength in the face of adversity.