Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brianna's Mermaid, at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

I was in tattoo heaven at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade (@mermaidparade) yesterday. I could literally fill this site for a year with all the body art bared on the boardwalk. This year followed the same pattern as the last, however. I hung back and enjoyed the spectacle, talking to a few people, and only really started wearing the Tattoosday hat later in the day. When people are parading, they're not as likely to take the time to share as they are afterwards. The end result is perhaps a half dozen tattoos to share, but ones that I really like from cool people.

The last photo I took was of this mermaid, on Brianna:

Briana explained that the mermaid illustration upon which this tattoo is based came from an old alchemical text and that it is, historically, one of the first recorded mermaid drawings. Check out this reference for further detail.

Briana also pointed out that the mermaid is lactating and, in essence, feeding the world.

I particularly love this tattoo because of its linework and that it is not typical of your normal color mermaid tattoos.

Brianna credited the work to Kat Fedora (@katfedora) from Bang Bang Body Arts (@bangbangbodyarts) in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Thanks to Brianna (and all the other cool people) for sharing this awesome tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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