Mermaid Tattoo Design for Marie

It may have been three full years ago that Marie, back then a girl I’d just met, by now one of my dearest friends, asked me to design a mermaid tattoo for her, as a marking of her time in Amsterdam.
A lot has happened in the process. Our expanding ideas on femininity, our long conversations about what it really means to have a tail instead of legs, my further developing drawing skills, and our growing friendship made the mermaid evolve and evolve.

 

Now, finally, she’s here in the flesh: quite masterfully tatooed on Marie’s thigh by