Tattooed Bloggers 10

29.10.11

"I have always felt very drawn to the sea, having lived beside it all my life and working in the Maritime industry...the anchor was an obvious choice.  I love the symbolism behind swallows - swallows mate for life and so symbolise loyalty and fidelity.  Sailors traditionally had swallow tattooed on them because if you saw a swallow it meant you were close to land; also because if sailors had swallow tattoos, if they drowned then the swallow would carry their soul to heaven."

6 comments

  1. That's interesting! I never knew those facts about swallows, nor about the sailors having them tattooed for those reasons.

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  2. I never knew those facts about sailors and swallows, now whenver I see swallow tattoos I'll see them in a new light! :) I really love the lines in this tattoo, the design and symmetry are amazing ♥

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  3. This is beautiful and I love the meaning behind it. x

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  4. I think it is pretty and love the meaning behind it :)
    xx

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  5. @Whimsical Wolf - yup, I learnt something new when I got in touch with Rosie about this! x

    @LilyLipstick @ Ess-Jay24 - it makes it so much more special to know there's such a thoughtful reason behind it. A poster for getting a tattoo if ever I saw one! x

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