The concept and the idea of mermaid tattoos has always been attributed to sailors of the earliest centuries and folklore. They were the ones who made this really beautiful and mythical creature known to people, which over time, has been incorporated into millions of tattoo designs. The origin of the tales surrounding this alluring and mysterious creatures have traveled throughout time and have strengthened with each reported sighting of them. Even today, in the age of YouTube, more and more people are trying to capture real life footage of these amazing creatures on tape to prove to the world that they are more than just a fantasy tattoo design.
The theory surrounding mermaids have remained mythical despite the numerous stories and reports about their existence. Wearing a mermaid tattoo is not just beautiful but carries some element of mystery that may not be easily understood and a perfect description for part of human nature.
This creatures that has the upper part of their bodies looking as a woman’s body and the bottom like that of fish continues to amaze in many ways. The elements incorporated with the mermaid tattoo design expresses some of the mystical ideas associated with the mermaids.
The meanings associated with mermaid tattoos:
There are numerous meanings associated with mermaid tattoos as it said to symbolize, sensuality, temptation, intuition, danger and a sign of femininity. Although mermaid tattoos can be worn by both men and women, women tend to derive inspiration from the tattoos considering the strong feminine character that they represent.
A Few Facts About Mermaids: Mermaids have been part of marine folklore in both the western and Japanese countries. The Romans and Greeks have many a tales about these creatures which are supposed to be half woman and half fish. It was believed by them that these beautiful creature would sit on rocks while playing with their hair to draw sailors and ships closer to them.
They would use the power of their looks and lovely voices to come closer. Once the men and the ship were in their clutches they could never go back. The Greeks believe that mermaids came about due to the mating of Zeus and Poseidon who are water gods with Aphrodite who is the Goddess of Love, sexuality and fecundity.
The dual nature of being both human and fish is one thing that makes many people prefer to the mermaids as intriguing creatures with many desiring to know of their authenticity. The appearance of beautiful hair and other woman’s features are common attributes of the mermaid tattoo just like in the design below.
The sailors after days of being cooped up with only male companionship would be drawn to these creatures. Scientifically it has been explained that the sailors must have mistaken manatee like creatures sunning themselves on rocks to be mermaids due to days of poor food and lack of outside contact.
Mermaids signifies the freedom of life as they are able to swim freely in the waters and given the connection man has with water, having the design reinforces that feeling of freedom. The element of temptation comes from their beautiful feminine look and features that many sailors would find irresistible.
No matter how the concept of mermaids came about, they assumed a lot of importance in a sailor’s life. Many men of the sea would get tattoos depicting these mythical creatures. It was partly fear, partly superstition and also a certain amount of fascination. Fear because the association of a sailor with a mermaid would mean sure death. Superstition, because the mermaids portended the end of the ship’s and sailors’ life. Fascination, because Mermaids were supposed to be beautiful and magical.
Sailors would either get a mermaid on its own or along with other symbols of the sea. The mermaid tattoo design below looks spectacular with the green colors expressing the fish part of the mermaid and the human part well adorned with beautiful hair and other elements.