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Swallow Tattoo Design Ideas
Swallow Tattoo Designs Are Popular
Swallow tattoo designs are some of the oldest tattoo designs around. People get swallow, or bluebird tattoos for different reasons. Read more about what swallow tattoos mean below. If you want a swallow tattoo and need help coming up with a swallow tattoo design, browse through these pictures of bluebird tattoos for some swallow tattoo ideas of your own.
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The Meaning of Swallow Tattoos
Swallow tattoos go way back to old school sailor tattoo designs. Swallows and bluebirds were one of the first sights that sailors would see when they got close to land. So, swallows became a traditional symbol for sailors of returning home safely.
It didn't take long for swallow tattoos to become a popular tattoo design in many seaports. Today, many sailors still choose swallow tattoo designs for this reason and other people sometimes choose swallows as tattoos for the same reason.
It is also tradition for sailors to get a swallow tattoo every time they have sailed 5,000 nautical miles or cross the equator. Sailors usually get swallow tattoos on their chests.
Another meaning of swallow tattoos is everlasting love because swallows mate for life.
Prison tattoos with swallows or bluebirds are used as a symbol for white supremists. Ex-convicts sometimes get tattoo designs of two swallows after getting out of prison as a symbol for freedom and having done their time.
One of the most famous swallow tattoos is on the arm of one of the most famous people in the world. After playing the part of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp got a sparrow tattoo.