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Mythical mermaid tattoos

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Tattoo artist and Inkluded blogger Kat Winifred chats sunshine, sea and mythical mermaids.


I recently went to Cornwall for the weekend and it brought a nostalgia for summer days, fun in the ocean and getting my mermaid tattoo.

I love Cornwall, it’s my second home. I’ve spent the last few summers there doing henna by the beach. It’s where I rekindled my love for the ocean and started my surfing journey, so it seemed the right place to get a mermaid tattoo.

Tattoo by Matthew Gritt (@captainmatttattoo).

Tattoo by Matthew Gritt (@captainmatttattoo).

I’ve always been mesmerised by the ocean and the mythology of mermaids. They are mysterious, magical and mesmerisingly beautiful, known to have lured men with their song and melodies.

There’s no doubt that mermaids first became tattoos following the culture of tattooing of sailors and in port towns, which can be seen in the tattoo designs of Sailor Jerry.

Now they adorn the skin of many and I’ve been looking at other mermaid tattoos other than my own…

Tattoo: Instagram @dob _r_man.

Tattoo: Instagram @dob _r_man.

Tattoo: Instagram @goldendinatattoo.

Tattoo: Instagram @goldendinatattoo.

Tattoo: Instagram @monsterbunnytat.

Tattoo: Instagram @monsterbunnytat.

Tattoo: Instagram @noemiealazard.

Tattoo: Instagram @noemiealazard.

Tattoo: Instagram @paulacastletattoos.

Tattoo: Instagram @paulacastletattoos.

Tattoo: Instagram @samperrytattoos.

Tattoo: Instagram @woodrowtattoo.

Tattoo: Instagram @woodrowtattoo.

Mermaids represent freedom, rebellious spirits and precious independence. They are symbolic of letting our hearts overuse the mind.

I’ve booked tattoo time with Matt (finally after pregnancy, childbirth and alike!) to get more of my sleeve done in June and I can’t wait! I’m super excited to feel the pain (weird much?) and heading down to the coast for it!

Have you got any mermaid tattoos?

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