246 black mermaid fantasy art illustration (for free)

246 black mermaid fantasy art illustration (for free)

I’ve been seeing a lot of memes recently about the little mermaid trailer controversy: some people are upset that Disney’s new live action Ariel will be black – and have used arguments like “mermaids have always historically been white” or “it makes no sense for people under the sea to have more melonin!”

But the truth is, most deep sea creatures have black or red skin, and you could argue that white people in history had more time to devote to writing or illustration, which means stereotypically white mermaids are just another symptom of systemic racism.

So I used AI to generate a bunch of black mermaid art illustrations, so that people can used to being able to picture diverse mermaids (and all fantasy creatures). In my opinion AI is an opportunity for marginalized groups to rapidly become a larger part of the fantasy landscape, because pictures speak louder than words. So next time anybody says mermaids can’t be black… for reasons… show them one of these.