I’ve gotten several requests and suggestions that Mertailor should produce a sequin tail or a tail with individual sequin type scales. My answer is simply “NO”.
In my professional opinion, there’s nothing “eco” friendly about sequin or plastic scaled mermaid tails whatsoever.
While these mermaid tails might look pretty, they aren’t practical for underwater use in natural environments.
Mermaid tails, tops, and accessories with individual sequins “shed their scales”, will fall straight to the bottom of the ocean, lake, or freshwater spring.
Regardless, if the sequin or plastic pieces are made from recycled plastics, the “scales” will still fall off, not solving the "eco-friendly" part. Even if you were about to create a biodegradable sequin scale (Let's not even suggest sugar. Goodness knows Florida is having its own politics about sugar), would you want to see them laying around all over the ocean floor for years before it disintegrated?
Take it from someone who has seen this first hand. My history of working as a costume designer for the Mermaids of Weeki Wachee, had me creating many garments with sequins on them. I can't tell you how many sequins and beads have fallen behind the stage top over the years that just sit there! If you’ve ever dove Weeki Wachee Springs, you know what I’m talking about.
Years ago I use to train mermaids to swim in aquariums. These venues would not allow sequin mermaid tails, tops, or beaded accessories of any kind. Management and zooologists feared the animals in the aquariums would swallow and choke on the prices.
Did you know that a airline recently banned mermaid tails from traveling with sequins or individual plastic scales on them?
If you wanted to have one of these mermaid tails for “dry” performances or on-land photoshoots, that’s a different story, but I personally wouldn’t be swimming in them. Not in the ocean, lake, river, aquarium or freshwater spring.
I’m sure many individuals will not agree with my point of view, but it’s true and you know it. Please understand I’m not saying not to use these mermaid tails, but to think about where you use them! These mermaid tails should be used in a controlled environment such as a swimming pool or studio photo shoot! Not 30,000 leagues under the sea or your next beach outing!
I’m not perfect and I’m sure I’ve made a few things in my career that I could have constructed better, but we live and we learn.
With that said, our mermaid and merman tails are made from silicone rubber, spandex, and neoprene materials. Our scales will not fall off our our tails! No scale shedding to see here.
Thanks for reading and consider this!
Eric Ducharme, "The Mertailor"
PS: I don't care who you are or how you're going looking at this. If you're swimming with a sequin tail or plastic scaled mermaid tail, you're tail is GOING TO shed. You know, I know, everyone knows it. It's not a secret. It's going to happen. We're already having an issue with State Parks and public swimming pools "banning" mermaid tails. The next excuse they have to banning mermaid tails is going to be caused by the breakdown of these types of tails. Just think about it....
Mermaids = half human, half fish (At least this is what I've been taught in most fairytales and what I personally see these seductive creatures as). This means no "stiff" cardboard like flukes or fins. Instead the flukes of mermaid's tail should be flexible and translucent to an extent. This is why I decided to develop the Fantasea Fin and Spellbound Tail lines.
You don't see fish with "hard" flukes, do you? The last time you looked at a painting of a mermaid or mermaid related art, the fluke looked flowy, right? I mean, when's the last time you saw a fish swimming around with a piece of cardboard taped to its fluke! The Fantasea Fins and Spellbound Tails have proven themselves as perfectly realistic mermaid tail options for those who are looking for a realistic appearance and movement underwater. Let's not forget about their comfortably.
99.9% of those who try the Fantasea Fin or Spellbound Tails for the first time fall in love. While some individuals prefer fast speeds underwater, the Fantasea and Spellbound lines provide a beautiful realistic movement and appearance, which has a nice propulsion underwater.
Let's talk about the whole size queen thing... Yes, I know, many of you like "Big Flukes"! It's not the size that could but how you can make it work, right? Realistically, if you study a fish's anatomy, you will notice that the fins and flukes on a fish are generally smaller in size. Perhaps goldfish, butterfly koi, and beta fish have longer flowing fins, but these fish are generally swimming extremely slow, gliding through the water effortlessly. I for one feel that the Fantasea and Spellbound Tails have the best of both worlds!
I almost forgot! For those who like their "Big Flukes", these are the individuals who end up complaining about their feet hurting, stressing about having to drag the heavy brick around (Do you know how many tails I've personally had to carry for mermaids because their flukes are too big for them - LOL), and not being able to travel with it because its so BIG! These tails are perfect for your next mermaid adventure!
Enjoy the Crème de la Crème and revel in the comfort and beauty of our new wondrous Mertailor Whismy Fantasea Tail skin. You will absolutely fall in love with the soft silky feel of the cushy luxurious Scuba knit material and be mesmerized by the brilliance of colors that practically glow as you glide through the water. A breeze to slip in and out of, this tail skin has a snug 1” wide spandex waistband that will stay in place while swimming. Made from 1mm thick poly spandex nylon knit fabric with a durable water repellant coating, this is the perfect tail solution for any water or posing experience. The dye sublimated print ensures long lasting color. Made to fit the Mertailor Fantasea fin, tail skin has a side zipper at the fluke to allow for ease of insertion of your Fantasea fin. Comfort plus comfort…and beautiful to boot! It doesn’t get much better than this!