I'm always happy when I'm surrounded by water, I think I'm a Mermaid or I was a mermaid. The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective... it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you've been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.
― Beyoncé Knowles
― Beyoncé Knowles
The tempestuous, feminine, alluring, enigmatic, enchanting, beautiful, and mysterious mermaids have long been a part of myths and folklore. Residing in the ancient seas and seducing sailors with their sensuality, mermaids have been a part of many legends. A lot has been said about these mythical creatures.
However, with their beautiful depiction since time immemorial and the intriguing labyrinth of stories attached to them, they continue to be some of our favorite characters. If you find yourself gravitating towards mermaid designs to a point where you want to ink one on yourself, it's only fair to delve deeper into understanding what they mean.
A mermaid tattoo has plenty of connotations depending on the elements that are used while drawing it. Here's taking a look at some of the awesome mermaid tattoo design ideas and the meanings of the merpeople, which are older and deeper like the seas themselves.
All of those who have seen the Little Mermaid are familiar with this creature's image of sitting on a rock, combing her hair, and admiring her own beauty. With their powerful beauty and mesmerizing voices, they would attract men and trap them. Both the eastern and the western cultures have tales about mermaids.
In the Greek mythology, mermaids are regarded as the descendents of Aphrodite and Venus, goddesses of love and beauty. Over the years, these associations of a mermaid with beauty have made mermaid tattoos a symbol of beauty in every form. Inking a mermaid tattoo is a way of acknowledging your beauty and celebrating it with an equally beautiful tattoo.
Place Where We Belong
A mermaid takes great pride in being a creature of the sea, and making water a symbol of their existence. The common link between us humans and these mythical creatures is water, which symbolizes emotion, creation of life, calmness, and an energy to fight if disturbed.
The mermaid siren is the one that lures us to return to where we came from (water). Thus, inscribing a mermaid tattoo is a way of getting as close as possible to going back to a place where we all came from.
While it is true that mermaids are temptresses of enchantment, all are very devastatingly beautiful until you realize that they have a dual nature. It is in their nature to give ethereal love in just a glance, but it is also their trait to take you away in the deepest trenches of the oceans with them, and never let you out.
So, a bewitching mermaid tattoo design is perfect for those of you who believe in the right balance of give and take of life.
Many sea lores talk about mermaids stirring up storms and dangerous situations for the sailors of the high seas if they were angered. The Irish firemen believed that angry mermaids could create deadly winds and roaring seas. They said that a mermaid longed to acquire a human soul and, so, they lured men into their magic of love and kept them as prisoners.
This background of a mermaid's vindictive nature earned her a negative connotation. However, it also showed her absolute, unshakeable power for things she loved and for the ones she did not.
A mermaid is a symbol of sensuality, and that can be said without a shadow of doubt. Voluptuous bare curves with long, cascading hair and skin that one can only dream of surely make her a symbol of indisputable femininity and beauty that remains par belief.
Back in the olden times, when women styled or were supposed to tie up their hair, mermaids let them loose, flaunting them just the way they were, devoid of any cosmetic adulteration. This made them a depiction of primal sexuality, coveted sensuality by both men and women, and a streak of being free-spirited within their own realms.
Mermaids have forever been a fictional depiction of beauty that every woman seeks in herself and every man who aches to find for himself. History records many kinds of mermaids hailing from various cultures, religions, and folklore. Before you get a tattoo, do a thorough research about your design and the elements that they will include.