45 Wicked Mermaid Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

Mermaid tattoos are iconic in Tattoo History due to the heritage of sailors.

This design has been widely used in American Traditional tattoo, and the most famous examples are the ones of Sailor Jerry.
The mermaid, this mythological creature half-woman half-fish, is supposed to cast a spell over sailors (and every man) with their singing and charms to drown them. She became a bit nicer in culture after the tale of Andersen, adapted by Walt Disney, The Little Mermaid, and several tattoo lovers and artists are inspired by Ariel.

Sensual, aesthetic and mysterious, mermaid tattoos can be great in every style and are coveted both by men and women. For inspiration, here are 45 fantastic pieces by some of the best artists in the world.

Gary Cooper mermaid ink
Gary Cooper mermaid ink

Famous classic actor Gary Cooper had some mermaid ink.

Gorgeous mermaid tattoo by Jim Sylvia
Gorgeous mermaid tattoo by Jim Sylvia

Gorgeous side piece by Jim Sylvia.

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By Eddie Focht
By Eddie Focht

This tattoo by Eddie Focht is based on a Sailor Jerry's design.

Great old school piece by Alix Ge.

Amazing mermaid back piece
Amazing mermaid back piece

Stunning backpiece ! (unknown artist, tell us)

Mermaid tattoo by Ami James
Mermaid tattoo by Ami James

Cute tattoo by Ami James.

Colorful mermaid tattoo
Colorful mermaid tattoo

Your mermaid tattoo will look great when you will be older!

Tattoo by Claudia De Sabe
Tattoo by Claudia De Sabe

Chest piece by Claudia De Sabe.

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Sailor and mermaid love :)

Tattoo by Courtney Brims
Tattoo by Courtney Brims

Adorable mermaid head by Courtney Brims.

Nice black and grey work!

Colorful mermaid tattoo
Colorful mermaid tattoo

Love the motion in this lovely piece by Curtis Burgess.

Mermaid tattoo
Mermaid tattoo

Stained-glass effect.

Watercolor mermaid by Jukan
Watercolor mermaid by Jukan

And watercolor effect by Jukan.

Love it!

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Nice tattoo by David Glantz.

Old school with a skull.

Mermaid tattoo
Mermaid tattoo
Black and grey mermaid by David Hale
Black and grey mermaid by David Hale

Two interesting pieces by David Hale.

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Impressive work!

By Hayley Lakeman
By Hayley Lakeman

Smooth work of Hayley Lakeman.

In love with old school tats <3

By James Tex
By James Tex
By James Tex
By James Tex
Tattoo by James Tex
Tattoo by James Tex
By James Tex
By James Tex

Four amazing tattoos by new school master James Tex

Mermaid sleeve
Mermaid sleeve

Rad sleeve!

Tattoo by Jeff Gogue
Tattoo by Jeff Gogue

Gorgeous chest piece by Jeff Gogue!

Mermaid tattoo
Mermaid tattoo

Nice black and grey work.

Mermaid sleeve
Mermaid sleeve

Zombie mermaid sleeve by Maximilian Rothert :P

Vintage mermaid tattoo
Vintage mermaid tattoo

Vintage design. Love the hair ! :P

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By Mike McAskill.

MErmaid tattoo
MErmaid tattoo

Another nice side piece.

Tattoo by Nick Baxter
Tattoo by Nick Baxter

Work of Nick Baxter.

Fun mermaid design
Fun mermaid design

Fun idea!!!

Fantastic design and dotwork effect by Rocky Zero ! <3

New school mermaid sleeve
New school mermaid sleeve

Great new school sleeve.

Beautiful sleeve by Steve Moore.

Mermaid tattoo
Mermaid tattoo

Pretty nice!

Tattoo by Uncle Allan
Tattoo by Uncle Allan

Waiting for her sailor, by Uncle Allan.

Mermaid leg sleeve
Mermaid leg sleeve

The tats on this legs are just awesome ! <3

Mermaid design by Valerie Vargas
Mermaid design by Valerie Vargas

Tattoo by Valerie Vargas.

Mermaid tattoo
Mermaid tattoo

Sailor Jerry's inspired piece.

Mermaid tattoo
Mermaid tattoo

Beautiful one.

Disney mermaid tattoo
Disney mermaid tattoo

Fun Disney split tattoo !

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