Simply timeless swallow tattoos are a great traditional tattoo to give you those old school tattooing vibes!
As a symbol of good luck and fortune, swallows are one of the oldest western tattoo designs and a timeless classic design. From nautical origins swallow tattoos were a popular design among sailors and explorers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Said to show how many miles a sailor had sailed the hands were the common placement for a small swallow tattoo. One swallow was said to represent 5000 miles sailed while two swallows represented 10,000!
Swallow tattoos are as popular and stylish today as they were all those decades ago. Commonly done in a pair on the chest swallow tattoos are also a great little gap filler tattoo. Quite simply timeless these 15 swallow tattoos will have you feeling the old school love for some good and traditional tattooing!!