Sunday, January 1, 2012

swallow tattoo On Foot

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 picture of a Barn Swallow, usually tattooed on the chest, hands or neck.  According to legend,  a sailor with one swallow  had traveled over 5,000 nautical miles (9000 km),  a sailor with two swallows  had traveled 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km)  Traveling these great distances was extremely  difficult and dangerous in the early days.  sailing, so one or more  swallow tattoos signified  a very experienced and valuable sailor.  It is legend that if the sailor drowns, the swallows  will carry their souls to heaven,  that freedom and hope.

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