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Swallows - What do they mean?

Updated: Oct 7, 2022

We’ve all seen the traditional style swallows on people maybe even your father, uncle or grandfather has one.


But aside from looking cool what do they mean?


Sailors traditionally received a swallow tattoo for traveling 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km), and a second for traveling 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 km), often on either side of the chest. The bird is typically a barn swallow, reflecting that these birds migrate far from home and back again.




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