Swimming through the Seven Seas and charming men with their siren songs, mermaids have long been a subject of myth, legend, and beauty. Ranging across cultures, there is plenty of symbolism and meaning found within the mermaid’s body, and they’re much more than just a pretty face.

The beauty of a mermaid tattoo is the placement is perfect anywhere on your body. Their long elegant physic makes them beautiful in every location. See the beauty in each design and the amazing meaning of these mermaid ideas.

Mermaid Tattoo

Mermaid Tattoo Meaning

The mermaid is often seen as a strong female figure, one that is free, independent, and self-directed.

Due to the mermaid’s connection with the sea, this tattoo design can symbolize nature, intuition, birth or rebirth, and creation. Since she is often depicted as luring sailors, she might represent danger, seduction, and sexuality.

She might also represent independence, freedom, mystery, a connection to the ocean, being tossed on the waves, or going with the flow.

Overall, the mermaid represents everything about the female. Below, are some of the most common meanings a mermaid tattoo can represent.

  • Seduction
  • Sexuality
  • Persuasion
  • Emotion
  • Wildness
  • Intuition
  • Freedom
  • Independence
  • Self-Love
  • Mystery
  • Creation

Black and White Mermaid Ideas

1. Matching Black and White Mermaid Tattoo Design

2. Mythical Ankle Tattoo

3. Beautiful Sitting Siren Design

4. Small Mermaid Tattoo

5. Minimalist Mermaid Tattoo Black and White

Black and White Tattoos

6. Bicep Tattoo Idea

7. Traditional Mermaid Tattoo Design

8. Siren Mermaid Tattoos

9. Black and White Tail Tattoo

Mermaid Tattoo

Little Mermaid Tattoo Designs

10. Black and White Little Mermaid

11. Watercolor Little Mermaid Tattoo

12. Ariel + Sebastian Tattoo 

13. Magical Little Mermaid Design

14. Ariel Outline Tattoo

Little Mermaid Tattoo

15. Joyful Little Mermaid

16. Detailed Watercolor Mermaid

17. Waves Crashing with Ariel

18. Bubly Little Mermaid Tattoo

Ariel Tattoo Design

Mermaid Scale Ideas

19. Watercolor Mermaid Scale

20. Mermaid Thigh Tattoo

21. Mermaid Scale Tattoo

Scale Tattoos

22. Large  Scales

23. Scale Foot Tattoo

24. Full Body Scales

25. Scaley Thigh Tattoo

Mermaid Tattoo

Mermaid Tail Tattoos

26. Diving Mermaid Tail

27. Under the Sea Tail Tattoo

28. Detailed Mermaid Tail Design

Tail Tattoos

29. Tail Outline

30. Small Tail Tattoo

31. Watercolored Tail

Mermaid Designs

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