Hey there, Bubblers,
Before I begin, Happy Thanksgiving. What are you giving thanks for this year?
Now, on to the interview:
Mermaid Maria Russo, underwater
In recent years, for me, a question has popped up in my life that is a little bit interesting to ask: Nature vs. Nurture. Are the current members of the Mer community here because we watched a lot of mermaid-related things in our youth which fostered our latent curiosity and imagination? Or Are we here because, as Lady Gaga put it, “We were born this way”? For Mermaid Maria, she thinks we were born this way.
“I love being in the water. I think I’ve always been a mermaid. I was born this way!”
Mermaid Maria is a cheery, relatively young (130 mer-years) mermaid from Texas. Her personality and spirit shine bright like the Texas stars at night.
She is the first public tailmaker (Merman Christian makes his own tails) that I have interviewed! She made her current tail with her best friend and creative partner, Jason Darling.
Mermaid Maria’s, “Candy Tail.” Sweet, Sweeter, Sweetest!
Mermaid Maria (in human form) and creative partner, Jason Darling.
Her current tail is just as happy and beautiful as her personality appears to be. It’s fluke is pink with hints of purple, and the body of it is blue, pink, and purple. The color reminds me of candy. Which is interesting, and makes a lot of sense. Her tail looks sweet enough to make a shark go to the dentist.
The Candy-related pun was not simply me being creative, however. In addition to being a beautiful mermaid, she also does the artistic design for a candy company called Lollyphile, which is specializes in lollipops in a crazy awesome variety of flavors. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FLAVORS (no really….you need to see this… it’s crazy cool.)
Anywho, back to the mermaid. I asked Maria a question that I don’t usually ask all of the Mers. Or rather, I do ask them, but I rephrased it when I asked her. Often, anything that strays from the normal beaten path of average human life is looked at as weird. Inherently being a mermaid isn’t a mainstream thing. I asked her how she deals with those people that look down at us (as a community) for being mers, and her answer was:
“My experience has been that people respond very positively to the fact that I’m a professional mermaid. I have never followed the rules, if people judge me for that I honestly don’t notice. I’m too busy to focus on stuff like that.”
As a mermaid, and especially as a tail-maker, there is one huge thing that makes Maria and Sirenalia (her Tail-making company) different from the others: she is not very secretive. In fact, she actively shares her experiences and works with other mers to help them make their own tails.
Mermaid Maria in the studio, pouring scales for Mermaid Lyna’s newest Tail.
“My goal as a mermaid is to help other mermaid’s dreams of having a tail come true. I will always share information about how to make your own tails. I strive to find ways to get tails out into the world and on to people who normally wouldn’t be able to own them.”
She is currently a new tailmaker, but I’m looking forward to a lot of promising, gorgeous work from her in the future!
Mermaid Maria, swimming.
To check out the beautiful tails Mermaid Maria and Jason are creating, Click this link here!
To view the transcript, click here.