While humans have been fascinated with mermaids and dolphins for thousands of years, it’s only in the last couple of decades that tattoo artists have started creating art dedicated to the mythical creatures. Mermaid tattoos are most popular among women (although men occasionally get them too), and they can be magical, mysterious, and even dark. This list of incredible mystical mermaid tattoo ideas will give you plenty of inspiration and help you choose the perfect design to fit your personality!

Tattoos are known as the ultimate form of self-expression, and it’s no wonder why so many people choose to decorate their bodies with them. But what about those who want their bodies to be more than just your average canvas? These mermaid tattoos are anything but basic, so check them out!

Mermaid Tattoo

Mermaid Tattoo Meaning

In some cultures, mermaids are thought to be magical beings. They’re believed to be kind but also dangerous. In many legends, a mermaid is said to be a siren—someone who tries to convince others to follow them out into danger. Stories about mermaids have been told for centuries. Some cultures believe that if you swim with a mermaid, you’ll become enchanted and forget all about your life on land.

For tattoos, they symbolize rebirth, seduction, mystery, freedom, sexuality, and seduction!

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

More Tattoo Inspiration for You to Enjoy

  • Prettiest Hummingbird Tattoo Ideas – A popular subject in the tattoo world is the Hummingbird. It is a thing of beauty that has unique shapes and amazing abilities. Capturing those qualities in a tattoo can be really rewarding. Have a look at our list of the Prettiest Hummingbird Tattoo Ideas.
  • Our Favorite Freckle Tattoo Ideas – Consider cosmetic tattooing to add permanent eyeliner, faux freckles and give your lips the perfect color. Head out the door without having to spend time adding makeup or worrying about it melting away as the day goes on. While the prices vary, it’s not much more expensive than a typical tattoo. Considering how much money you spend on makeup in a year, you’ll see that it’s worth the upfront costs. Plus, can you imagine heading out the door with flawless makeup every day without all the effort?
  • Cute Little Tattoos – Little tattoos can be personal and discreet, but they can also have a giant meaning and connection for the wearer. Smaller tattoos can be good for those just starting with tattoos…you know…see if you like it before committing to a large image. If you are just starting, or looking to add something small to your existing collection, check our our list of Cute Little Tattoos.