While researching for my dissertation I was looking at the mermaid in the modern day and how it appears these days and I found out that there is a Mermaid Parade at Coney Island every year that celebrates the beginning of summer. It usually takes place in June. This year will be the 34th annual Mermaid Parade on June 18th 2016.
It is an art parade and the largest in the united states founded in 1983 with the goals of bringing mythology to life (especially to those living streets names Mermaid and Neptune). The event is a celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside and showcases over 3,000 creative individuals.
I looked up some of the posters and thought they were awesome! Here are some:
This years poster is one of my favourites that I’ve seen, it’s inspired by the Tarot card of The Sun. It’s by Susana Alonso. She first started her career as a tattoo artist and she is constantly influenced by pin ups and iconic tattoo imagery. I wouldn’t have thought it was done by a tattoo artist because it’s such soft imagery. I love the watercolour style and the composition of the poster. It’s a really pretty illustration and think it fits the event really nicely.
I like the tattoo style of this poster by Joe Khay (A tattoo artist from Brooklyn), I think the framing of the illustration works really well and makes the poster even more visually interesting than just an illustration of a mermaid. It’s a colourful illustration and I can see how it is bringing in the old culture of the legends and tales of pirates and mermaids and bringing it forward with the tattoos and the coney island symbol and the modern typefaces at the bottom.
This 2013 poster by Frank Kozik is very different then the one following it. It was a comic book feel to it with the style of drawing and use of super vibrant colours and the mask the mermaid has on. I really like the use of colours in this poster, it makes it striking and draws the eye. It an awesome modern take on the mermaid.
The 2012 poster by Martin Mazorra us very different to the others in that it is all black and white and next to the 2013 poster it’s hugely diverse but it is similar to the 2014 poster as it’s kind of in a tattoo style, an old 1940s tattoo style to be more specific. The illustration looks like it could have been lino cut or carved in some way. It is a lovely detailed illustration and I think it probably looks better in this black and white format than with colour. It’s a really nice and different approach to bring history into the poster design and the event.
I really want to go to this parade, it sounds like a lot of fun and a really vibrant event with a lot of history, art and culture.
(Disclaimer: Header image not mine. Find it here)