Tattoos featuring birds, typically swallows, are an old-school style of tattoo that is coming back into vogue. Swallows have always had great meaning to sailors, because before modern navigation, birds were a sign that land was close at hand. They are a symbol of returning home safely.
- Swallows are a nautical tattoo that represented that the sailor had traveled 5,000 miles. - Swallows always return home, so swallow tattoos were meant to bring sailors home safely. - Swallows mate for life, and two swallows together suggests love overcoming journeys and struggles.
Swallows are associated strongly with safe travels and overcoming great odds. These are extremely popular tattoos that can be used to refer to momentous journeys or difficult trials in anyone’s life.