Birds are fascinating, with their wings, colors and beautiful singing and have been admired by men since the very beginning of the world, through beliefs and art. Symbols of freedom and joy, they are easily adopted as totems. Bird tattoos are beautiful, but each bird has got his own meaning that you may want to know before inking it forever on your skin.
Swallows are, of course, the indispensable bird tattoo. Coming from the sailor tradition, they were codes used to know the experience of a man: one swallow meant that he had travelled over 5000 nautical miles and so on. As the swallows are famous for their long journey and to return to the same location every year, their tattoos were a token for a safe return to home.