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Tattoo Meanings and Symbolism

Swallow Tattoo Meaning

Another nautical tattoo, the swallow was commonly found on the arms of sailors. The swallow tattoo is said to have been a British creation and based on the barn swallow. The story goes that if a sailor had a swallow tattoo it meant he has traveled at least 5000 nautical miles. It was considered to be a kind of badge of honor. Two swallows meant 10,000 nautical miles, so a real veteran!

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