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15 Accomplished Swallow Tattoos

Arguably the favourite bird in traditional tattooing, the swallow, has a long association with bringing good luck!

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Swallows are also said to be signs of resurrection, rebirth and homecoming. In tattooing, a swallow tattoo is the one of the standard go to old school tattoos and like many traditional tattoos, swallow tattoo has strong connotations with all things nautical!

It is said that sailors would get a swallow tattoo as a sign of their sailing experience, one swallow representing 5000 mile sailed and two 10,000. Such a pair of swallows would be found on the hands or chest, two places where swallow tattoos are still commonly found today. The representation of homecoming was also a key aspect in swallow tattoos being adopted by sailors. A sailor could get one swallow tattoo before beginning a long journey at sea and get the second upon their return home. Swallow tattoos have also found a place in more sinister circles! Within British prisons it has long been a common practice for an inmate to get two swallows tattooed on their hands as a sign of 'doing their bird and serving their time'!! Likewise 'Hard Men' in the cities of Glasgow and London have been known to get a swallow tattooed on the back of their hand to show their fighting ability, aka. these fists can fly!!

Admittedly the traditional connotations of swallow tattoos are not as prevalent as they once were and swallow tattoos today are more commonly chosen because of the traditional roots and reputation as a great tattoo! Here are fifteen swallow tattoos that show their timeless beauty!

Realistic swallow tattoo by Tattoo Frequency swallow swallows bird realistic realism blackandwhite mathcing
Realistic swallow tattoo by Tattoo Frequency #swallow #swallows #bird #realistic #realism #blackandwhite #mathcing
New school swallows by Dragon Tears swallow swallows bird chest matching newschool DragonTears
New school swallows by Dragon Tears #swallow #swallows #bird #chest #matching #newschool #DragonTears
Bold old school swallow tattoo by Jim Sylvia swallow swallows bird oldschool JimSylvia
Bold old school swallow tattoo by Jim Sylvia #swallow #swallows #bird #oldschool #JimSylvia
Colourful swallow tattoos by Alan's Tattoo Studio swallow swallows bird foot matching
Colourful swallow tattoos by Alan's Tattoo Studio #swallow #swallows #bird #foot #matching

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Amazing flowers and swallows by Pain and Wonder swallow swallows bird flowers backpiece PainAndWonder floral traditional
Amazing flowers and swallows by Pain and Wonder #swallow #swallows #bird #flowers #backpiece #PainAndWonder #floral #traditional
New school swallow tattoo by Ed Perdomo newschool EdPerdomo swallow swallows bird anatomicalheart
New school swallow tattoo by Ed Perdomo #newschool #EdPerdomo ##swallow #swallows #bird #anatomicalheart
Cute swallow tattoo, artist unknown swallow swallows bird linework
Cute swallow tattoo, artist unknown #swallow #swallows #bird #linework
Realistic swallow tattoo, unknown artist swallow swallows bird blackwork linework
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Traditional style swallow tattoo by Burnout Ink swallow swallows bird traditional rose
Traditional style swallow tattoo by Burnout Ink #swallow #swallows #bird #traditional #rose
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Colourful swallow tattoo by Barry Louvaine swallow swallows bird BarryLouvaine
Colourful swallow tattoo by Barry Louvaine #swallow #swallows #bird #BarryLouvaine
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Swallow tattoo by Ink and Dagger Tattoo swallow swallows bird InkAndDaggerTattoo dotwork
Swallow tattoo by Ink and Dagger Tattoo #swallow #swallows #bird #InkAndDaggerTattoo #dotwork
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Sweet little swallows, artist unknown #swallow #swallows #bird #blackandwhite
Blackwork swallow tattoo by Madame Chän swallow swallows bird blackwork MadameChan
Blackwork swallow tattoo by Madame Chän #swallow #swallows #bird #blackwork #MadameChan

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@Robert Davies

Tattoodo Staff Writer and tattoo enthusiast. Lover of all things traditional and blackwork!

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