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White And Black Swan Tattoos And History-Swan Tattoo Meanings-Swan Tattoo Designs And Ideas

Updated on September 10, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Swan Tattoos


Swan tattoos are not a mainstream tattoo design, but there's a demand for this beautiful animal. Swan tattoo designs can be designed in several different ways, most commonly the white swan tattoo. The swan has been a symbolic animal for many centuries. When it comes to tattoo symbols and designs, they are literally thousands upon thousands to choose from. Each design has symbolic meanings and represents the tattoo in positive and negative ways. The swan has been a symbol of the sun's rays for centuries and has been symbolized in ancient cultures and mythology. The swan played important roles in Greek legends and Celtic mythology. In Greek legends, the swan helped Apollo cross the heavens and the swan was considered sacred. In Celtic mythology, it explains that two swans steered the Sun Chariot. Swans have also been portrayed in jewelry as well in ancient times. Swan jewelry has been found in northern Europe dating all the way back to 1500 BC. There has also been swan coins found in that area as well, dating back to 390 BC. Native Americans also thought highly of the swan as well. To the native tribes, swans represent balance, purity, dreams, union, elegance, and transformation. As we have just learned, the swan has been portrayed throughout history among many different cultures for thousands of years.











The swan is one of the most beloved birds in history. The swan is considered to be the perfect balance, both masculine and feminine. Swan tattoos can represent many different things. This variety of styles, designs, and meanings is one of the main reasons that the swan tattoo is popular. The swan tattoo symbolizes peace and serenity. When the swan is observed in nature, these attributes are clear to see. Swans are very peaceful birds and they are very calm. When swans are on the waters, they are very graceful. It appears that they glide in the waters with little or no effort at all. Due to this, the swan represents grace or a graceful nature.






Dancers and ballerinas can represent grace or a graceful nature. Think about what you observe when a ballerina moves so effortlessly. Most of us would consider it graceful dancing. Their relationship with one another is why swans have often been portrayed by ballerinas. The swan has been a part of their dance for years and other cultures also. In fact, ballerinas may consider a swan tattoo to represent their love for dancing. Dancers may also get a swan tattoo to represent their dance style.






The swan tattoo is also a sign of love. This meanings is probably one of the most common reasons that one would get a swan tattoo. If the swan tattoo is used to represent love, you usually see two swans facing each other. Some people prefer to get hearts in such swan tattoos. Other tattoo designs may have the swans with wrapped necks. The swan is also a symbol of war. I have knew a few people that have wore swan tattoos to signify the end of war. Those who long for ever lasting love may also bear the swan tattoo. It would symbolize their efforts to find true love.






The swan tattoo design can be large or small. Personally, I would prefer a size in the middle of large and small. I believe the smaller swan tattoos miss out on the detail needed to make the swan tattoo great. Swans are also portrayed in landscape tattoos. Most of these tattoos include water. I would advise the colored swan tattoo to capture the beauty of the swan, but it is your choice. When done correctly, the swan tattoo is very beautiful and elegant. The swan tattoo can also come in different tattooing styles, such as the tribal style.






Most of us have heard of the black swan before, but the tattoo meaning is different then the symbolic meaning of this bird. The black swan represents a deep mystery that longs to be set free. With this definition, the black swan can fit many types of scenarios. We all have dreams and most of us have been dreaming since we were children. The black swan tattoo can represent a dream that you have wanted to achieve or that you long to achieve some day. It can symbolize encouragement to fulfill that dream and wish. For example, let's say that you have always wanted to be an actor. It has been a dreams of yours for years. In such cases and similar cases, the black swan can represent this. No matter what the dream is, the black swan can represent it well.






Due to the variety of sizes associated with the swan tattoo, it can nearly be placed anywhere on the body. Men and women both choose swan tattoos in many places on the body. For women, swan tattoos are placed on the upper and lower back, shoulder blades, ankles, and the stomach. For men, the swan tattoo is usually placed on the chest or shoulder blades. The main thing to focus on is the size of your swan tattoo. If it is a small tattoo, it can nearly be placed anywhere. But if it is a large tattoo, careful consideration should be taken. You also want to consider if you need a location that needs to be covered up. Swan tattoos are usually less looked down upon then other tattoos, but it is still a tattoo. It is a good idea to look over employment books regarding tattoos just to make sure there will be no issue. This is just some things you need to keep in mind before getting any tattoo.






Swan tattoos also represent music and poetry. Poets, lyricist, musicians, and writers can all be symbolized by the swan tattoo. In such tattoos, the swan is usually represented with other symbols and objects. Such a tattoo may bear a swan with music notes included in the tattoo. These are just two more of the many symbolic meanings that the swan has. Remember, before you choose a tattoo design, make sure you research all the different designs, styles, and meanings. By doing so, you will be much more satisfied with your tattoo choice. If you feel the swan tattoo is not for you, be sure to check out the other tattoo articles below.



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Swan Tattoo Meanings


Swan tattoo meanings can symbolize a variety of different attributes, both good and bad. Remember though, in the end, your swan tattoo represents what you want it too. Below, you'll find the meanings of the swan tattoo.





  • Agility
  • Graceful
  • Music
  • Love
  • Balance
  • Hope
  • Serentiy
  • Abandoned
  • Outcast

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Vie, I never knew of that. Appreciate the input. I can see why that would be.

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      Vie 

      6 years ago

      Black Swan is the name given to anyone knowing or donating to, a vampire

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Rosemay, thanks for dropping by. I am glad you liked it and thanks for your continued support. Hope you have a great day.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I love swans, they are so graceful is there any wonder that ballerinas emulate them. These tattoos are beautiful.

      Once again you have put together a very insoiring and informative hub Ricky

      Both thumbs up

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      b Malin, thanks for dropping by. To be honest, I didn't know. Thanks for adding that. I believe that is cool when animals do that. You just don't see it that much. Best wishes girl.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thanks for taking the time to come by and read this article. I am glad you liked it Gypsy. Thanks and take care.

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Did you know that "Swans" Mate for Life...A little known Fact.

      What a Beautiful and Educational read "Lyric", Wonderful descriptions and History. Thanks for Sharing!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I really love swans. Their so lovely and graceful. Amazing tattoos. Voted up.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, thanks for dropping by and checking it out. They are very graceful birds. lol. I will have to come over and read it then. Take care AE.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Kash, thanks for taking the time to drop by. It is always good to learn something new everyday. Glad you enjoyed it. Take care.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so ironic..I just wrote a poem about dancing swans..I love swans. I love to watch them move in unison..This is a beautiful hub..Thank you..

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      csheal6249 

      6 years ago

      Kasmir, your articles are fabulous. White and black swan tattoos are really awesome. I've seen many people close by wearing them.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi thelyricwriter, great hub on Swan tattoos and history and meanings of, a lot of it i did not know before . It was a very interesting and enjoyable read !

      Vote up !!!

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Csheal, thanks for taking the time to come by and check out this article. I appreciate the info. It is great knowledge to know what tattoos are popular in large cities, so thanks:)

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      csheal6249 

      6 years ago

      The meanings of these tattoos are quite symbolic. Dragon tattoos are one of the popular artistic expressions back in metropolitan New York. This descriptive hub is nicely done. Two Thumbs Up for You.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, I always appreciate your visit, comments, and time my friend. I am glad to share them with you. Take care and have a great day. I will catch you later.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      These are amazing.. yeah thanks again for sharing them Frank

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