Mermaids have been the stuff of legend for centuries thanks to their mesmerizing beauty and enchanting siren songs. And whether you can quote a certain聽Disney classic word for word or just have an affinity for the sea, many have聽forged a permanent bond as聽mermaids are part of a long tattoo tradition that traces back to the earliest sailors. With聽a multitude of stories and meanings behind them, there鈥檚 an endless array of designs to choose from. If you鈥檙e looking to add a mermaid to your arsenal of ink, scroll on to see some of our favorite siren-inspired tattoo designs.

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1. Old-School Siren:

Mermaids been a popular nautical tattoo motif since as far back as the 16th century,聽and Sailor Jerry and other old-school styles are still popular today.

2. Seashell Siren:聽While you only get a peek at this mermaid鈥檚 tail, the seashell motifs that make up its scales almost resemble the look of stained glass 鈥 just add color!

3. In the Weeds: Fins need not be made of fish scales to look cool. A swath of seaweed and a few fishy friends are more than enough to make it look amazing.

4. Little Bit of Line Work:聽Talk about a tiny tat! This聽little mermaid was actually hand poked onto the ankle but would look聽amazing anywhere else you decide to add her.

5. Pretty in Pink:聽Just because Disney outfitted its signature siren with red locks doesn鈥檛 mean you have to stick to the same script.

6. Little Lily:聽You can also opt for a聽siren who swims upstream and finds fresh waters like this lily-laden little mermaid.

7. Sweet & Simple:

It鈥檚 easy for a聽tattoo to get a bit intense when it comes to details. But the minimalist silhouette of this little mermaid, paired with the subtle shading, helps bring her to life no matter where you place her.

8. Scales Beneath the Surface: We鈥檝e all pretended that our legs had magically transformed into a shimmering fin. But this聽splashy tattoo聽shows the 3D sheen of scales that almost makes the dream of becoming a mermaid a reality.

9. Twist on a Classic:聽Take elements of a classic and make it feel fresh. This minimalist take on Ariel (and the tiny crescent moon accompanying her) is instantly recognizable.

10. Abstract Appeal: Minimalists can score the essence of a聽mermaid even without featuring her face. The flip of the fin, the seashell, and the anchor weaving everything together are all you need.

11. Secluded Siren: You don鈥檛 have to wear your聽creature on your sleeve if you don鈥檛 want to! This miniature mermaid can easily swim under the radar and your shirt until you want to show her off.

12. Looking for Love:聽Just like Ariel, it appears that this small聽sea dweller is searching for something more, but she might have to look above the surface to find it.

13. Posideon鈥檚 Pitchfork:聽Another abstract option, this one not only includes a flipping fin but also the聽god of the sea鈥檚 signature trident used to stir up the waters. This tat would look amazing on arms, legs, or even along the spine.

14. Water Color Wonder:聽 The featherlight look of this聽one requires someone who specializes in this type of tattoo to make it come alive. We have to admit the little drips add an aquatic touch to the whole look.

15. Under the Sea:

There are endless ways to ink everyone鈥檚 favorite little mermaid, but this聽version has some serious understated appeal thanks to the open line work and the soft wash of color in the shaded areas.

16. Fake It 鈥楾il You Make It: But if you鈥檙e not ready to commit聽just yet or just want to play with placements before聽booking your appointment, there are glittery temporary tats that you can try out first!

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