180 Mermaid Tattoos That Will Get You Wet

The insatiable mermaid. The siren and temptress that lures fishermen to the rocks with their beauty. They sport a naked body and a large tail fin. The mermaid is popular in the tattoo world, mostly for women although some men do get them. They are a symbol of sexiness and freedom. The freedom to swim the vast ocean and are free and unfettered by the woes of the land-dwelling creatures such as humans.  We have compiled a list of the best mermaid tattoos the internet has to offer for your enjoyment. So let’s get cracking or should I say swimming into the world of the mermaid.


Leg Mermaid Tattoo

This is a big mermaid tattoo on this ladies leg. It features an array of beautiful colors that swish and swirl up her leg then got to the solid blue.  The mermaid is in a sultry position, probably the pose she used to lure in her latest victim and now their ship is wrecked on the rocks. That sounds like a delicious drink that gets you smashed. Wreck on the rocks, I’ll take a double thanks.

Shoulder Mermaid Tattoo

This shoulder tattoo is of a beautiful mermaid.  She is colorful and the artist has used a watercolor style to with no solid outline to do this beautiful tattoo of a mermaid.


Blue Mermaid Tattoo

Mermaids are half fish and half human. Back in the early days, sailors used to report of seeing these majestic creatures out in the ocean. They could have been hallucinating from spending too long out to sea without seeing other people. Another theory is that mermaids are actually dugongs and sailors used to get horny and as there was no one around they would have sex with the dugongs and imagine them as mermaids.

Arm Mermaid Tattoo

This tattoo features a mermaid on the arm that has been executed to perfection.  I love the way the artist has done the background that is rather ambiguous although represents the water and the rocks that mermaid is perched on.  She is looking rather sultry with her back turned but don’t be fooled or you will be shipwrecked before you can say I love mermaids.  I wonder if that’s how the Titanic sank. The captain was drinking his rum while driving,  then in his vision, a mermaid appeared beckoning him towards the iceberg. Then boom, the almighty ship crashes into it and goes down like a bag of chips at lunchtime.

The Little Mermaid Tattoos

Do you remember the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid? It was a hit and everyone loved it around the world. The crab was my favorite character and if I was to get a tattoo I would definitely get the crab. I can’t remember his name but he was a funny little dude that sang and danced. I wish all crabs could be like him. Instead, they will bite you at any chance they get and they don’t even dance. They are super delicious though. Crab sandwiches are one my favorite. What is your favorite sandwich? Hit us up in the comment section below and let us know? We are always curious to see what makes people tick. It’s a good judgment of peoples character as to what sandwiches they like.


Cartoon Mermaid Tattoo

Here is a fine example of a cartoon mermaid tattoo. The artist has used the right amount of everything to make this fine piece of art.

True Colors of a Mermaid Tattoo

Mermaid can be nice and whimsical and they can also be nasty venomous wenches that will try and wreck your ship. This is one of the latter and the artist has conveyed it quite nicely and uses color and shading to really bring it to life.  The mermaid eve has some of her own tattoos which is kind of cool. What tattoos would you get on your mermaid? Hit us up in the comments box and let us know. We are dying to hear.

Body Mermaid Tattoo

This is a unique tattoo of a mermaid on the side of this person’s body. It uses a stencil effect rather than painting the picture of the whole mermaid itself.  I love the use of light and colors and the lack of shading and lines allow you to use your imagination to paint the rest of the picture and fill in the blanks.

Black and White Mermaid Tattoo

This black and white tattoo has some seriously beautiful linework that echoes through the ages. How does it echo through the ages you may ask? Well, in case you didn’t know tattoos are permanent and this person will have it until the day they die. Therefore it echoes through at least one age don’t you think?

Fallen Mermaid Tattoo

This mermaid has fallen from grace as you can see that she is upside down in the picture above. What does a mermaid have to do to fall from grace you may be asking? Well, there are numerous theories and now we will take a closer look at some. The first theory being they she is paying penance for all the ships she has wrecked and the sailors lives that she took while tempting them into the rocks. Another theory would be that she had sex with a crab and that is forbidden in the aquatic realm. King Neptune vanquished her to a place far far away. Another theory is that she is doing synchronized swimming. What is your fallen mermaid theory?

Mermaid Silhouette Tattoo

I love a good silhouette tattoo and the one above is nothing short of genius.  The artist has used dots to convey the environment of the mermaid which is water. The mermaid is swimming up which can represent a brighter future and better things to come. It could also mean that she’s surfacing for a breath of fresh air. I’m not sure if mermaids can breathe underwater or not.  If you know the answer to this age-old question let us know in the comment section.  You may even find the answers in the movie The Little Mermaid. I might rewatch it and after I have finished this article.

Old School Mermaid Tattoo

This mermaid tattoo has been done in the old school style made famous by Sailor Gerry. Now,  in his honor, someone has made a delicious spice rum that goes down a treat and it’s the perfect homage to the tattoo guru. When it comes time to choose your tattoo artist make sure you get a good one. There are a lot of dodgy tattoo artists in the world and the last thing you want is one that will do a bad job and leave you wishing you didn’t get it done. I have gone through this and don’t wish upon my worst enemy. Well maybe I do but that’s beside the point.

Shoulder Mermaid Tattoo

This mermaid is doing the famous Instagram hair swish. It is where you put your hair and in water and swish it back really fast so it leaves a trail of water in tow. Meanwhile some poor sap awaits with their phone in hand ready to capture the moment.

Sleeve Mermaid Tattoo

Here is a nice and colorful sleeve featuring a mermaid with a sailors hat on. I wonder if she got tired of swimming under the sea and joined the navy to help out on the front lines. She would be good in battle as she could swim in front of the boats and detect mines providing safe passage for the ships.

Anchor Mermaid Tattoo

This treacherous mermaid is removing the anchor of the ship while the semen is sleeping and causing their ships to run into the shore. Then they will be shipwrecked on a deserted island only to live a life of drinking coconuts away from phones and the internet. Forever doomed and never being able to see a cool list of tattoos.

Ankle Mermaid Tattoo

This mermaid tattoo leaves a lot to the imagination. It is cleverly crafted and shows a mermaid diving into the unknown. Perhaps into this ladies stinky shoe. Not the most ideal place to go for a swim but when it’s hot you need to swim somewhere right.

Back Mermaid Tattoo

Wow, look at this big, bold mermaid tattoo. It’s absolutely huge. and features a bog old castle as well. Back tattoos are great for getting murals as you can see from the one above.  What would you get if you could get a mural of a tattoo on your back? Hit us up in the comment box below.

Shoulder Mermaid Tattoo

This is a very detailed tattoo of a mermaid. The artist has done an outstanding job of this tattoo. The color and detail are amazing and really bring it to life. If you look closely at the hair you can really see how good of a job the tattoo artist has done and they deserve some credit. That’s why it’s so important to pick the right tattoo artist. It can mean the difference between having a masterpiece on your body or having an abomination.

Naked Mermaid Tattoo

As you can see from the list mermaids don’t wear very much clothing if any at all. The above mermaid has no clothing on and the hair is covering her nipples. Sometimes leaving a little to the imagination is better than showing off the whole thing.  In this case, it works on so many different levels.  The background is a nice touch and really brings the tattoo to life.

Black and White Detailed Mermaid Tattoo

This black and white tattoo is the epitome of perfection. The line work is fantastic, it’s so fine and detailed that this person should consider themselves lucky to have such an amazing tattoo. This would have taken quite some time to complete and many hours in the chair.  The tail is absolutely stunning and I love the way it flairs out.  It’s a unique uni-colored mermaid tattoo that I would get myself. How about you? What do you think of this tattoo?



Wrist Mermaid Tattoo

This is a super cool wrist tattoo that is of a mermaid. The silhouette makes it interesting and the mermaid is reaching for the surface of the water possibly making contact with a sailor. Will they fall in love? Only time will tell my friends. Only time will tell.

Another Big Back Tattoo

Wow! This another amazing full-scale back tattoo that will leave you breathless as you admire the sheer size and beauty of it. The snake wrapped around her arms may represent the evil nature in which mermaids can lure their victims into the shore. All that aside the tattoo is phenomenal.  The line work on the scales is simply amazing and on the whole tattoo for that matter. The artist is an absolute champion.

Mermaid in a Jar

This mermaid is trapped in a jar. I wonder how she got there. Maybe she is being pickled like a gherkin only to be used on someone’s hamburger at a later date.  Fermenting mermaids is an age old practice and it enhances their vitamins and minerals so when you eat them you feel nourished and fulfilled.

Mermaid in Hammock

Being a mermaid is hard work and like humans, they need some downtime. Some mermaids play video games and while others read books. This mermaid love to chill out in a hammock and watch the world go by without a care in the world.  She swings the day away while awaiting her next swim in the ocean or musical with the singing crabs.

Kissing Mermaid Tattoos

This mermaid is kissing her child. Mermaids have children too and like human children, mermaid young ones need to be loved and nurtured.  I have never seen a merman before so I wonder how the mermaids reproduce. They may be asexual which means that they don’t need a partner of the opposite sex to reproduce. If you know the answer to that question let us know in the comments. Are mermaids asexual?

Well. that’s the list and what a list it was. We all love a good list of mermaid tattoos, don’t we? Well, I sure as hell do. We hope you enjoyed it.

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