Black & white swallow tattoo w/ fully spread wings
Swallow tattoos come in all shapes and sizes, and can be inked to appear cartoonish, or more realistic, like this particular bird tattoo. This tat is inked in black and white and depicts a swallow in flight viewed from below, with its wings outspread. The bird tattoo is rather large and appears to be inked on the wearer’s side/ribcage area. Although the swallow was a symbol traditionally used by sailors to illustrate their experience at sea, the swallow also made an earlier appearance in ancient Greek mythology. According to the Greeks, the swallow had the ability to carry the souls of the dead to the Underworld, and was associated with the goddess of love, Aphrodite. Regardless of the meaning you choose for your swallow tattoo, keep in mind that the swallow is a very symbolic image and choose the design that best suits what you want the tattoo to represent.