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Swallow tattoo

The swallow tattoo was a symbol used historically by sailors to show off their sailing experience. Of British origin in the early days of sailing, it was the image of a barn swallow, usually tattooed on the chest, hands or neck. According to one legend, a sailor tattooed with one swallow had travelled over 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km); a sailor with two swallows had travelled 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 km). Travelling these great distances was extremely difficult and dangerous in the early days of sailing, so one or more swallow tattoos denoted a v ... (展开)ery experienced and valuable sailor. Another legend holds that since swallows return to the same location every year to mate and nest, the swallow will guarantee the sailor returns home safely. A sailor would have one swallow tattooed before setting out on a journey, and the second swallow tattooed at the end of their tour of duty, upon return to their home port. It is also said that if the sailor drowns, the swallows will carry their soul to heaven. The swallow also represents love, care and affection towards family and friends, showing the loyalty of the person always returning to them. The bird also represents freedom and hope.[citation needed] Today, the symbol of the swallow can mean many different things. It is considered a staple of the "British Traditional" and "Sailor Jerry Collins" style tattooing. Some ex-Sailors of the British Royal Navy have a swallow tattoo on both wrists as a symbol of a successful voyage.[citation needed] Another coined term in the UK for the swallow tattoo on the hands is a symbolism of a prison sentence from an ex-con to the meaning of "done your bird, done your time".[citation needed] Finally, a swallow tattoo on the back of the hand can mean "this fist flies", worn by Glasgow and London 'Hard Men' to signify prowess in street fighting.[citation needed]

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  • 2018-11-18 · A swallow tattoo symbolizes travel, loyalty, and fidelity. According to tales, sailors possess Swallow tattoo on their chest, hand, and neck. If one sailor is tattooed with one swallow, he believed to have traveled 5000 nautical miles. If one has many Swallow tattoo, it …

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  • 2016-5-26 · A swallow tattoo on the fists does symbolize that the person who wears it is a good fighter (in the UK). The tattoo is supposed to give you fast hands in a fight. The tattoo is supposed to give you fast hands in a fight.

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  • 2018-11-29 · The two swallow in the tattoo are soul mates and can be dedicated to a lover, spouse, friend or a family member. Swallow With Cards – They are regarded lucky for gamblers. Such tattoos combine swallows with cards, poker chips or rolling dice. …

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