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Swallow Tattoos Designs
Since swallow tattoo designs come in a relatively wide range of different colors - and can be depicted in absolutely any hue imaginable in art - they can be a bright, cheery presence.
Many different myths and legends have been told about swallow tattoos and sparrow designs through the years. This isn't surprising, considering how widespread they are and how heavily they feature in many peoples' lives.
The fact that these minute birds can be found as easily in rural settings as they can be in urban ones, it's not unusual that they have captured the imaginations of the people of many different cultures throughout history.
More than likely, hundreds - if not thousands - of different stories and tales have been told about swallow tattoo designs.
One legend that used to make the rounds during the time of the ancient Romans was first told by Pliny the Elder. He described how swallows were used as messenger birds to relay the winning horses in popular horse races.
This wouldn't have been the only time that these small birds were used as messengers; in lieu of pigeons, Jean Desbouvrie attempted to tame swallows back during the 19th century. He managed to teach them to overcome their migratory instincts but ended up abandoning the project before he could realize true success with it.
Another thing that swallow body art tattoos are often associated with is seafaring. Many sailors throughout history have adopted the swallow as their emblem.
Their popularity in seafaring has to do with the fact that seeing a swallow means that land must be relatively nearby. For sailors, then, swallow tattoos are symbols of optimism and happiness.
Traditionally, a sailor would get a tattoo picture of a swallow after travelling by sea for 5,000 miles; at 10,000 miles, he might add another one, and so forth. This tradition lives on in many of today's sailors, but they aren't the only ones who make use of swallow body art.
More often than not, the swallow is a symbol of hope. This almost certainly derives from the traditions of sailors, but it could have other roots as well. Those who want to convey a message of hope and positivity, then, often turn to the swallow as a symbol.
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