For the most part, the swallow is a symbol of good luck and is a favorite bird in traditional tattoo design, typically done in blue or red and also commonly appearing in pairs. The earliest source of this symbolism likely lies in the bird’s association with the coming of spring. The swallow is also associated with homecoming and resurrection, likely attributes derived from its natural behavior. It is not uncommon to see the swallow tattoo accompanied by nautical stars, another traditional or old-school tattoo associated with homecoming. In addition, early sailors received a swallow tattooed on each side of the chest to show that they had travelled five thousand miles…

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