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 LUKALAMA at Classic Ink & Mods, Amsterdam. And I am so super pleased with the result.

 

 

 

 

 

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The final design

 

 

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How we got there, sort of:

 

 
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Sketches

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There have been sessions where I’d pose for myself to see if my sketches were even anatomically possible. This one turned out to be not. But it made for a nice new drawing.
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