The mermaid tattoo symbolizes sensuality, femininity, the moon, intuition, temptation, danger and dual nature. This tattoo first became popularized in the early 20th century by sailors. Since then, many women have adopted this tattoo design to represent their femininity, because the mermaid is seen as a strong female figure.
The mermaid is a popular mythical figure that has been around for thousands of years and are mentioned, in one form or another, by nearly every culture. Depending on the folklore, mermaids were associated with events both perilous, such as storms, shipwrecks and drownings, and benevolent, such as good luck and love.