While visiting the town of Oostende, on the North Sea coast of Belgium, I photographed a symbol which turned out to be the town's coat of arms. This served as the inspiration for Merfolk. My rendition is a bit more realistic; I used a real couple as models. The key to the city was shown in the original coat of arms, but I left that area blank for you to write in an address, an invitation, a name, you could even put a poem there.
This is a fine art rubber stamp designed and made by Steven Vander Meer in Humboldt County, California. The die is deeply etched natural red vulcanized rubber, which is hand trimmed and adhered to red sponge cushion (the good kind, not the self-adhesive kind). The cushion is also trimmed by hand and then mounted to a smoothly sanded and oiled Maple block, with a clear black index printed on the top. The MEER IMAGE name is hot iron branded onto the end-grain of the block, and the SVM personal signature chop is added to the top of the block in red ink (space permitting).
Mount Type:Maple hardwood block indexed in black and finished with linseed oil.
Block Width:4.25 inches
Block Length:5.25 inches
Block Thickness:3/4 inch
4Image Size:Approximately 1/4 inch less than block size