The FeeJee Mermaid!

You remember when I confessed to loving Bigfoot? Well there may have been more to that story. OK, there is more to that story.

I love Cryptids period.

Cryptozoology is fun. I not only enjoy it, cryptozoology and anthropomorphized animals probably make up half of my sketches. If nothing else, the two of them have a huge Venn overlap with old world religions….so they are a space I relish.

One of the most famous creatures that falls into both categories is the mermaid.

It is also one of the most frequently drawn.

But it is all too often drawn as a very attractive woman with a fish tail.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to draw tittays as much as the next guy… but there really aren’t a lot of legends where mermaids actually are fish tailed hotties.

Almost all of the seafaring stories of mermaids and sirens involves sailors hearing beautiful voices or thinking they see beautiful fish girls… only to find that it was a bunch of gnarly old hags luring them on to the rocks.

But that is a bit of digression.

One of the coolest mermaids was made famous by none other than the greatest Humbug (aka con man) of all time. P.T. Barnum.

That would be the one known as the FeeJee Mermaid. I won’t go into a ton of detail about it here, because that isn’t what this site is…and there are already tons of references online if you want to check it out.

What I will do is share a marker drawing I did of it.

Feejee Mermaid

Not a great drawing, but it sure was fun to draw…and I liked it in concept enough that I reworked it digitally and designed a Tee Shirt of it in honor of PT Barnum’s show and museum.

You of course can buy this t-shirt at my Tee Public Store.

Bigfoot is real!

The last few images and write ups I have shared were pretty serious, so to keep things on an even keel and properly represent my quirkiness; I am going to share one of my fun tshirt designs.

Bigfoot is real tee shirt.

Like all of my tee shirt designs this one is available in a wide variety of colors, as a sticker, coffee mug, on a bag, phone case, laptop bag or as a hoodie.

You can find it at the madman designs teep public page.

I have several bigfoot designs on my page, and there are sure to be more.

Why? Because I love cryptozoology.

Do I believe in Bigfoot? Kind of, not really. I do hope he is real though.

Mostly I just love that even in todays world people still have the imagination to think about, make up , and convince other people that something is still out the undiscovered.

I mean there is a ton on this planet that we still don’t know about. Not only are thousands of new plants, fungi, insects, and animals discovered every year. There are even still large mammals being discovered, or found surviving after they were believed extinct for decades.

So keep imagining crytpo creatures, keep protecting the environment so we don’t kill a bunch of animals before we even find them, and most importantly.

BUY THIS SHIRT!