15 Spellbinding Mermaid Tattoos Part 1

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

Mermaid tattoos are part of the history of tattoo art.

They were one of the most popular designs coveted by sailors, to symbolize both the dangers and wonders of the ocean, and gorgeous women to look at while away from home... Mermaids are mythological creatures living in the depths seas and oceans but often appearing to sailors. In ancient legends, they were monsters. In Ancient Greece, they were half women, half birds and their screams were turning sailors mad. In Scandinavian mythology, they were half fish, probably inspired by manatee animals, with cruel goings-on. Many seafarers such as Christopher Colombus affirmed to have witness them. But the modern story of the mermaid has been constituted since the story of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, the Little Mermaid. His version of mermaids is much more romantic and gentle. His famous heroine is only looking for love, yet her fish tail is preventing her from finding happiness. A sad story, transformed by Walt Disney in a happy-ending animation movie which is cult for many people. In all cases, mermaids, also known as sirens and water nymphs, are very present in arts, in many cultures. The traditional mermaid tattoos have inspired modern tattoo artists, and now, they are showing their charms in several creative possibilities, coveted by all genders. If you are looking for poetic or sexy inspiration for your own mermaid tattoos, check these various examples. But beware, they could put a spell on you...

Asian style beautiful mermaid by Ami James.
Asian style beautiful mermaid by Ami James.
Poetic black and grey tattoo by André Castanheira.
Poetic black and grey tattoo by André Castanheira.
Jaw-dropping realistic bodysuit by Boris!
Jaw-dropping realistic bodysuit by Boris!
A romantic tattoo of a mermaid and a diver by Caitlin at Wolf & Wren Tattoo Collective...
A romantic tattoo of a mermaid and a diver by Caitlin at Wolf & Wren Tattoo Collective...

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Superb realistic mermaid by Cory Claussen!
Superb realistic mermaid by Cory Claussen!
Disney's Little Mermaid Ariel with the neo traditional style of Eilo Martin.
Disney's Little Mermaid Ariel with the neo traditional style of Eilo Martin.
Fantastic piece, with the recognizable style of Emily Rose Murray.
Fantastic piece, with the recognizable style of Emily Rose Murray.
Vintage and engraving style by Gregorio Marangoni.
Vintage and engraving style by Gregorio Marangoni.
Cool new school Little Mermaid tattoo by Hector Cedillo!
Cool new school Little Mermaid tattoo by Hector Cedillo!
Pretty watercolor style piece by JF Biron.
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Trad is rad! Tattoo by Kyle A. Scarborough.
Elegant mermaid by Lazer Liz.
Elegant mermaid by Lazer Liz.
Already wonder if "mermen" existed? Yes they do! A really funky tattoo by Issa!
Already wonder if "mermen" existed? Yes they do! A really funky tattoo by Issa!

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