WHAT IS MERMING?
Mermaiding or Merming (also referred to as artistic mermaiding, mermaidry, or artistic mermaid performance) is the practice of wearing, and often swimming in, a costume mermaid tail.
This activity is not just for kids! While there are many professional merfolk who perform at aquariums, circuses, festivals, parties, and events, there is also a very large community of hobbyists who partake in and enjoy this form of cosplay.
Cosplay is the act of dressing up as a character or concept. People who do it regularly are called ‘cosplayers’. Cosplayers may also go above and beyond copying their character’s outfits – they might even ‘role-play’ as characters, copying their mannerisms and gestures.
It is by tapping into this wonderful concept of 'play' that we connect with our inner child and reach a level of happiness we thought was gone forever! Dressing as a mermaid also allows for the creation of some stunning imagery through photography and digital artistry. This is where we shine!
While different tail makers offer different styles of tails, most tails on the market today (except full silicone tails) are made up of a monofin, under a fabric, spandex, or scuba knit tail skin.
What goes on top!
Fabric, spandex, and scuba knit skins come in a wonderful variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and colors. These usually have pockets that fit the monofin and they work together to make the complete mermaid costume.
How do you do it??
Swimming safely requires practice and training but it's a blast and a great workout for the core!
MAKE-UP AND ACCESSORIES
Tops, Wigs, Crowns, and other finery
No look would be complete without the details! How you build your mersona is completely up to you!
FULL SILICONE TAILS
A serious commitment
Many professional merfolk and devoted enthusiasts make the serious financial commitment to invest in a full silicone tail. This usually comes after years of practice in a fabric skin w/ a monofin and after saving up as these usually start at over $1,500.00.
ARE YOU READY TO GIVE IT A TRY?
Resources for getting started!
Merming is basically swimming with your legs bound together. It takes some practice and your safety is key. Seek out classes or mentorship with someone who is experienced and read below for key tips on learning the craft.
Intro to Mermaiding
One-on-one and group classes are available with the Ocean State Mermaid. This is an introductory class only (no certification) but you will have access to try all Mertailor monofins styles.
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Create your own Mersona!
With over 30 tails to chose from and tons of fund props and accessories, you are sure to find something that matches your style to create your perfect mersona which will be captured perfectly in a gorgeous work of art.
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Be Part of Something Great
Active participation is an essential part of our success. Planning a get together is a great way to connect with your local community and spread the importance of our mission. With several different campaigns, it is easy to find something that personally inspires you.
PARTICIPATE IN A SWIM
Join us for some fun!
Every individual has the ability to motivate others and inspire true change. By Organizing an Event, you become a crucial part of our movement by making sure that our mission is heard and has a far-reaching, lasting impact.
WHO ARE OCEAN STATE MERFOLK?
We are a community of artists and free spirits who embrace the sense of play that is found through merming. We encourage others to tap into that amazing feeling by offering meet-ups, organizing swims, teaching classes, and fostering the merming and conservation community in and around Rhode Island. In addition, our team specializes in capturing amazing images and video to celebrate and commemorate the merming experience.