16 July 2012

Swallow tattoo

Diving Swallow Tattoo Logo

« The swallow has always had a symbolic meaning for sailors because these birds were usually the first sign that land was near (before modern navigation technology). A swallow tattoo for a sailor reflected his hope of coming home safely.

The origins of the swallow tattoo go back to a ship named The Swallow. At one time, the crew of the ship had a mutiny. In order to recognize each other, the 7 mutineers who started the mutiny had a swallow tattooed on their chest.  After that, the swallow tattoo was the tattoo design for sailors to show off their sailing experience. Every five thousand nautical miles (5750 miles or 9250 km), a sailor traditionally has a swallow tattooed onto his chest.» Source

« Therefore, each captain looking for new crew members are always happy to see a sailor with two swallows tattooed on his chest. Swallow noble bird, with a rich history. This is a symbol of honor, faith, love and hope. For the sailors in the past, it represents all of the luck for loyalty. This serves as a reminder of family, friendship and honor. Swallow tattoo is a sign of eternal life, love and hope. This represents the courage and eternal happiness.» Source

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O Swallow, flying from the golden woods,   
Fly to her, and pipe and woo her, and make her mine,   
And tell her, tell her, that I follow thee.

Alfred Tennyson