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Merman trawls his net through a sea of images, and presents what he finds from precious pearls to the flotsam and jetsam that scintillates him regardless, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the sacred to the profane (and sometimes abject filth). Whilst the merman will frequently celebrate the beauty of the mermaidens, he has a strong predilection for his fellow mermen, of which you shall find many exquisite specimens here, amongst the other refined treasures that you may witness. Some of these mermen will have dispensed with the cockleshells that at other times hide their modesty in a moment of rapture and ravishment (ie NSFW on occasion). IT'S REALLY RATHER WONDERFUL WHEN PEOPLE IDENTIFY THE IMAGES THAT THEY POST.
Bartolomeo Manfredi, Apollo and Marsyas, 1616 - 20, oil on canvas, Saint Louis Art Museum, MO
Marsyas was a Phrygian satyr who first composed tunes for the flute. He obtained his instrument from Athena, who had invented the device but discarded it in her displeasure over the bloating effect on the cheeks. Later, in hubristic pride over the new-found music, Marsyas dared challenge the god Apollo to a contest. The Satyr inevitably lost, when, in the second round, the god demanded they play their instruments upsidedown—a feat ill-suited to the flute. As punishment for his presumption, Apollo had Marsyas tied to a tree and flayed him alive. The rustic gods in their pity then transformed him into a mountain stream.