Fun Fin Fact Friday: Around The World

Hey there, Bubblers.

Hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

Did you know…?

My first Mermaid Book when I was a little guppy.

Almost every culture around the world has mermaid myths. The oldest myth comes from Mesopotamia. No one quite has an answer for why everyone has apparently seen and heard of women or men who live beneath the waves (and may or may not have tails). One theory is that humans created the concept of the mermaid in order to cope with their own existence as an animal and as something else entirely.

My personal opinion? I think they all have seen a mermaid. Maybe not the same one, but they all have definitely spotted merfolk from back in the day. It’s a much more magical and mysterious thought than, “they just made it all up.” Don’t you agree?

XOXO,
JV

 

Mermaid Maria: “I was born this way!”

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.)

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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.

XOXO
JV

Fun Fin Fact Friday: Splash

Hey there, Bubblers,

Did you know?

The gorgeous Madison, the Movie Mermaid that sparked a generation.

Madison’s tail was created by a team of people, headed by world reknowned special effects artists, Thom “TailMan” Shouse, and Robert Short. Her transformation scenes were designed by Mitch Suskin. Her tail is made with Skin-Flex, which Thom is believed to still use on his other tails. The design came from Robert, but the technique came from the collaboration.

Darryl Hannah was an absolute natural as a mermaid. In fact, she swam so fast, she left her safety crew in the dust, so to speak.

Bubbles and Kisses,
XoXO~
JV

 

Mermaid Melody Monday: Charlotte Church “Carrickfergus”

Hello Bubblers,

Welcome to a new addition to the blog, Mermaid Melody Mondays! Every Monday at noon, I will post a video of a song that to me sounds perfect for a Mer playlist. Keep following along, and build up your mer-song collection! Also, have suggestions? Comment below, and share some music with me.

Who is this Singer?: Charlotte Church is a Welsh singer, whose career started very young. Her operatic voice hit the soundwaves before she was even 7 years old. She is still active now (in her 20s/early 30s), but her style has changed from THIS to a more “pop-like” sound. This song comes from her Enchantment album.

Why this song: The song tells of a beautiful land. It is an Irish folk song. It’s composition lends to the wistful, wishful, whimsical feeling of floating and basking in the sun. You can almost feel the gentle sea breeze, almost hear it playing across the lush green grass and the rocks. But it is also tinged with sadness: the singer is desiring to return to the home that she no longer resides near, and at this home, she left behind some kind of love. It reminds me of the Little Mermaid, and what Ariel may have sung while she was sitting on her rock, looking at the palace. “I would swim over the deepest ocean for my true love to be with me.” Plus, her voice sounds like a mermaids would in my mind.

I definitely would put this on my list of songs to swim to.

Check out the rest of Enchanted as well, it’s chock full of musical loveliness. Or you could just wait here, patiently, for some other MerMusic coming your way.

Swim on, my lovely bubbles.
XOXO,
JV

Fun Fin Fact Friday (FFFF): Merrows

Hey Bubblers!

Welcome to another facet of the blog: Fun Fin Facts! I will bring you interesting facts about mermaids and mermen! It’s gonna be great.

The Merrow by Genzoman (taken from Deviantart.com)

In Ireland and Scotland, there are legends of a special kind of mermaid: the Merrow. The merrow is often depicted as a young female, with a long green tail and red/blond hair, wearing some kind of cap or cape. They are demure, sweet and very affectionate. They have a remarkable singing voice that can be heard from beneath the waves. They are fascinated with humans, and are prone to falling in love with them. Legend has it, if you steal a Merrow’s cap and hide it, she will happily live with you forever.
Of course, there were MALE Merrows as well, but they were said to be hideous. When the female Merrow sings, and attracts a sailor, the male Merrow will grab him, dive down and eat his soul. Kinda nasty, right?

But wait a minute, I just had a thought… So these mermaids have read hair, a green tail, a fascination with human men, and a desire to live in the human world… Is anyone else thinking what I’m thinking?

Was Ariel a Merrow?

 

Just some food for thought.

XOXO,
JV

 

Mermaid Lanai: “Follow Your Dreams, and Dare To Be Different”

Lanai, The New York Mermaid

 

Hey, Bubblers!~

If you’re a true Mer, chances are you’ve heard the ocean call you. Of course you always had a love for the ocean, but the calling is something else entirely. Sometimes the calling just sort of hits you out of nowhere. Sometimes, Water goddess Yemanja herself shapes your life in that direction. For Mermaid Lanai, reigning Mer-Queen of the Mer-Orca pod, the latter seems more likely.

Mermaid Lanai With her guitar, which (JV) has named Blue Hawaii.

“Well I’ve swam all my life. But it started after a suggestion from my doctor to help expand my lungs since I had a major surgery.” She has one full lung and one half lung due to a Spontaneous Pneumothorax, also known as a collapsed lung. While there are many potentially causes of this kind of event, the spontaneousness of it has a tremble of the darkly divine in it. The spirits of the waves truly do work in mysterious ways.

After meeting with her doctor, she bought her first monofin, the Dol-fin. Then, shortly after, she found Mermaid Melissa on the internet. “She was my first inspiration, and Mermaid Kariel is my other one, she’s humble, friendly and loves the ocean just as much as I do.” This was all back in 2006.

Flash to today, 7 years later, Lanai is a leader of the New England MerPod, currently with a gorgeous silicone tail and a neoprene tail, both modelled after the Damsel fish. She has been a professional mermaid for the past 4 years.

As a mermaid, her message to the world as a whole is simple and beautiful.

“My message is to teach others to help our oceans. So much is hurting it, from pollution to shark finning. These are things that hurt our oceans, and the ocean has a delicate balance; if something goes wrong, everything falls apart.”

The mystery of the ocean had long attracted her to this work. In her human form, she works doing animal rescue.  “The fact that there is so much unknown about it, what animals live there that we have yet to see. But besides that I love marine life, from the blue whale to the sea stars and everything in between.”

To children, she had another message. This message is one of faith, hope, and dreams becoming reality.

“Together we teach and learn.” Mermaid Lanai at a party

“Besides teaching children about our oceans, I also work to inspire and encourage them to achieve all they can in life. Even if it sounds dumb to someone, you could be someone to do something to stand out or even someone so important. I tell them no dream is dumb. Every dream has a path and because it doesn’t go in the direction you want it to, there are always other paths to get to where you want to go. To follow their dreams no matter which way it goes to get there.”

I have a similar line that I say to children and youth as well. I mean, just years before, I was sitting where they were, and now I’m half-whale. We as Mers are living proof that dreams can, and do come true with a little hard work and determination, and a whole lot of imagination.

Her final message to me was a message to her fans, as well as to other Mers:

“I stand out because I keep myself true, I don’t put on this little façade and fake act my way through it, I just be myself. Always be humble. Don’t judge others by their looks and remember being a mermaid is much more than having a tail and ‘looking the part.’ Dare to be different, be unique and stand out when you can. Don’t be afraid to be who you are.”

To read the full interview, click here.

To check out Mermaid Lanai’s facebook page, click here.