Tattoos with drawings and motifs of swallows are considered by most people as very old-school and with very traditional designs, since they have been present in the world of body art for many years remaining as a very valid option for people of both genders. They are a very fashionable trend these days, as are other tattoos with bird motifs or old-school designs, and this trend not only does not decline, but it gains followers day after day in much of the world. Feel free to take a walk through our wonderful gallery of tattoo images with designs inspired by swallow motifs and let your imagination and inspiration fly as much as they want.
The swallow as the protagonist is a type of tattoo rich in history and symbolism by practically everyone. For centuries, this wonderful bird has been linked to the concepts of health, wealth, loyalty and travel and long distance journeys.
Swallows, as well as tiles and sparrows, have always had a symbolic meaning for sailors since centuries ago, mainly because these birds were normally the first sign that the mainland was near, thus, a tattoo of a swallow Ported by a sailor often represented his hope in getting home safely. Another fact is that swallows return to their homes every year, no matter where they are, they make their annual migration, a fact that is observed by thousands of people in the world and has a large number of followers.
This fantastic bird has a peculiarity, and it is that swallows are monogamous, that is, they choose a breeding partner and maintain it throughout their lives. It is also for this fact that tattoos with designs with swallow motifs often also symbolize love and loyalty to the family. Other symbolic meanings for these swallow tattoos can also be to return home after a difficulty in life, to survive an adversity, to gain victory over some test, etc.
The origins of swallow tattoos take place long ago in a ship called "The Swallow." In this boat, part of the crew made a mutiny, and to recognize each other, the seven mutineers who began the uprising tattooed a swallow on their breasts. After this fact, swallow tattoos were the quintessential tattoo design for sailors to showcase their oceanic experiences.
Every five thousand nautical miles, it was customary for sailors to tattoo a swallow on their chest. Traveling across the sea was a very dangerous and difficult company in the first years of sailing, so a sailor with one or two swallow tattoos was considered very experienced and, therefore, trustworthy and precious. There was a legend that if a sailor did not survive any of his voyages, these birds took his soul to heaven.
Apart from the traditional symbology related to the theme of sailors, cruises, and oceans, there are also many other very varied meanings. For example, in some cultures, it is believed that the first swallow that arrives in the spring is a very good symbol of fortune, an omen of professional and financial success, and to ensure economic well-being throughout the year, they must be rubbed two coins together while watching the bird.
In a completely different area, a tattoo of two swallows also usually represents freedom. This design is especially popular among people who have recently left prison. A tattoo of a swallow on the fists often means that the person carrying it is a great fighter, with a hand speed comparable to the flight of this bird.
Nowadays, tattoos with swallow designs, like so many old-school tattoos, are trending again, especially in some areas, such as in the rockabilly scene. In this way, they are very popular tattoos among rockabilly girls and other retro-style girls, such as the designs of nautical stars and cherries. This is mainly due to the fact that old school tattoos were very common during the beginnings of rockabilly music.
Being a symbol of hope in the return home, of loyalty to the family and home, of freedom, and of many other concepts, a tattoo with swallows designs is a wonderful option for a tattoo, whether you pretend or not in Spend the rest of your days on the high seas.
Swallow tattoos are a type of tattoo that is valid for people of both genders and can be located virtually anywhere on the body, do you need anything else to convince you to become one? If so, our advice is that do not hesitate to put yourself in the hands of true professionals, who will guarantee you the best results in something as important as a tattoo, which will accompany you for the rest of your life, so every precaution is always well received .
|Most popular body areas||All in general although perhaps the chest, arms and forearms are the most used areas.|
|Most used colors or inks||They are usually dark colors except when swallows are part of an Old School style design.|
|Is it more feminine or masculine?||The proportion favors women although since the Old School style are in fashion, the proportion is no longer as favorable to women and many men have begun to tattoo swallows on their bodies.|
|What is your size?||Medium or small. I have never seen, for example, a design of a swallow that would occupy the entire back.|
|Symbolism or meaning of these motives||Love, security and protection are some symbolisms that are related to swallows. There may be some more but I don't know them.|
What does a girl think about these designs?
I like swallows, I like the character of these animals and I like the meaning that these designs hide. I like to see bird tattoos and more if it is of these small migratory birds. I find them elegant when they are made in black ink, but very striking and beautiful when you use inks of discreet and dark colors to give shades of color, I also love the old school style of which these birds are characteristic.
A simple swallow only drawn with blacks and grays. Attempts have been made to make it as realistic as possible but perhaps the result is not as good as in other cases. The tattoo artist is very important in these cases.
There are two ways to represent swallows: One way is to try to resemble those we see in nature as the previous forum and another, the way that appears in this image where swallows are little like real ones. If you know Old School tattoos, I'm sure you've seen many swallows represented in this way. If you don't know them yet, I invite you to take a look at the article we have on this website because they are great and the result is always wonderful.
Again swallows characteristic of the Old School style but in this case they are colorful and hold a sign where it says an English phrase that refers to the life of the present. Many times we focus on the future but do not enjoy the present. I know many who lost their lives trying to be something that in the end they have not achieved or when they have succeeded, they are not happy. Do you like the font that has been used?
Without a doubt, the most realistic design. In this case the swallow is similar to those we can see in nature and the level of difficulty is much higher because you have to pay close attention to small details.
Any bird you tattoo it will have a meaning of freedom and if it is a swallow to that freedom beauty is added of these pretty birds.
Large and black on the arm, with a small flower in its beak. A very well finished work thanks to defining the silhouette of the bird very well and getting a very successful blur on the wings.
Several swallows fly along the side and abdomen of this boy.
A discreet new design on the wrist of a swallow in full flight, the truth is that there has been a rather original swallow and although the area is not original if in broad strokes we could say that we are facing a good tattoo.
Very colorful this swallow that bears a loop with flowers.
This girl has a big swallow on her side.
Nice design on the instep. Simple and elegant.
In the center of the back, an old-school style one with a bouquet of flowers on its beak.
In mostly blue and red tones. We believe it would be better if this design is complemented with others to avoid being a bit bland.
Very small the tattoo of this swallow on the hand.
Great design on the back of this girl for whom she has endowed with a great swallow with open wings in full flight and that perhaps with a greater color would have been a tattoo of ten, despite this, we can not say that we are before a bad tattoo, nothing is further from reality, it is a tattoo worth appreciating.
Two swallows in dark tones surrounded by yellowish flowers and wearing a band with the message "live freely".
Colors and lines that assimilate it to other types of birds have also been used. In conclusion, we are facing very well defined lines and shading and with a chosen area that seems very daring and sensual.
Blue, yellow and reddish tones used in this hand.
Exemplar crowned with a halo.
Small design of a swallow on the neck.
Tatauje of a swallow in bluish tones and for which some small dots have been tattooed around the bird. Simple, without great pretensions and that this intention is what has caused us to face a good result.
A colorful design of a swallow surrounded by stars and flowers.
This girl wears two swallows in violet tones in both twins.
The demonic version of the swallow we saw in an earlier image that bore an aura.
Twin tattoos on the feet of nice swallows eunas to which small details have been drawn around the birds. The truth is that we really like this tatto, especially for his sympathy and for the great head of the birds.
Fine swallows that stand out from the rest of this man's tattoos. We are facing the classic swallows that always look so good completing other types of tattoos, this time they may have fallen somewhat short with the definition of the paths and the filling, but they are very good.
This swallow design carries a large heart-shaped lock.
Large swallow in flight with wings wide open and well defined, which has been completed with a black background of clouds and thunder, a good result in a very successful area.
We love its simplicity, the reasons chosen, the kite that seems to be flying and the little swallows around. Without a doubt one of the ones we like the most.
Two small swallows with their own name Landon at the top.
Tattoo dedicated to his mother.
Swallow tattooed on the back in several colors and surrounded by a blue background, a very beautiful tattoo, but that does not take away from the spectacular blue butterfly that has been tattooed more to the left.
Simple design on this girl's abdomen.
Tatauaje of a swallow in blue tones and whose wings have been dedicated enough strokes, while the rest of the bird has been composed of simple strokes, anyway, we like the final result and if it accompanies the beak with a small flower or loop They will give an unbeatable result.
Nice design of a very angelic swallow.
This time tattooed on the chest and very close to the armpit and in which the great opening of the swallow's wings give it an unbeatable result.
Small tattoo on the forearm of a thin and thin swallow that give a great look to this girl's arm. The truth is that this tattoo and the area hits you to tattoo some other things, but being sensible, leaving only the little swallow is already spectacular.
Colorful and vivid swallow in flight with spectacular wings fully open. A work of art, in which the shading of the wings and the colors chosen make this a perfect tattoo.
Design of a colorful swallow with the tones of the Old School tattooed on the hand.
Exemplary on the instep, very well achieved the appearance of flying and very successful sgrises and turquoise colors. The truth is that we like the classic swallows tattoo more and more, we will have to look for a similar design for our next tattoo.
Simple design on the instep of a swallow in which the fine strokes and the disguised colors in gray have achieved a quite acceptable result, in addition the position that has been given on the foot is quite good.
This design is also very typical of the Old School with a swallow and a rose.
Small silhouette of a swallow tattooed on the neck.
Great bird tattooed on the side of this girl with spectacularly beautiful wings and that the touch of red under the beak gives it a fabulous appearance, we really like the plumage of this bird that has not needed color to turn it into a spectacular design.
Here we have the sketch of a future swallow tattoo, from which we would eliminate the small stars and perhaps draw the silhouette or shadow of other smaller birds and provide the swallow with vivid red, yellow and green colors to highlight how well drawn that is.
This girl wears the same design on both insteps.
Great design that looks like it splashes black ink with a very bright red background.
On the leg, of fine strokes and little details, whose greatness lies precisely in not adorning the bird with unnecessary elements and leaving the black color to act as a silhouette and shading.
Small and in full flight. Very successful for a girl and that is easy to hide by dropping her hair, so she will only show when she wants, if she wants to show it.
Flying down from which we would like to highlight the great lines achieved to form the wings and the final shot of the beak wings.
Little swallow with the word dad at the bottom.
Two swallows symmetrically tattooed on both sides of the upper back. It could be completed with some loop from peak to peak of the swallow, in which to be able to tattoo a phrase, anyway it is very well.
A color negro en el que destacamos las líneas finas que componen las alas y el buen remate que se le ha dado en punta a todas las alas, estamos ante un tattoo de buen tamaño y que el día de mañana podría ser ampliado con otros diseños a su alrededor.
En la parte interna del brazo.
Sencillo diseño en tinta rojiza tatuado sobre el abdomen, tal vez no sea el tatuaje que más pueda durar y que necesite unos retoques el día de mañana, pero a día de hoy estamos ante un buen trabajo, sobre todo por el acabado de las plumas formado por pequeñas plumas que van formando el gran plumaje.
Tattoo en el cuello de una golondrina a color. Un diseño donde el pelo no podrá tapar este pájaro al completo, ya que una de las alas de la golondrina sobresale demasiado.
Muy pequeño, en la muñeca y sin rellenar y para la que no se ha decidido realizar grandes detalles, consiguiendo algo muy coqueto y muy simple. gran resultado por parte del tatuador y muy buena idea la de esta persona.
En tonos azules y turquesas, cuyo pico se ha pintado de color amarillo, estamos ante uno más de los miles de tattoos de golondrinas que en esta galería que aquí os presentamos podréis ver.
Hemos dicho anteriormente que el tatuarse cualquier ave tiene un significado de libertad; en este caso, esta golondrina lleva además la palabra freedom (libertad) en la parte inferior.
Esta tiene aires de demonio, ya que si nos fijamos se ha tatuado dos pequeños cuernos en la cabeza. Una buena idea si quieres algo diferente.
Tattoo en el empeine para el que se ha tatuado una pequeña golondrina con alas negras y remates en amarillo. Una buena idea para el empeine.
Dos de estos pájaros en las esquinas de la espalda, sin colorear y con pocos trazos, por lo que un remate final le vendría bien, además podría añadirle un gran lazo que fuera desde el pico de una golondrina hasta el pico de la otra y dejar espacio para una buena frase en su interior.
Dos golondrinas verdes en pleno vuelo en la cintura dónde se ha conseguido un resultado final muy bueno gracias a los colores escogidos.
Nos gustaría resaltar el gran resultado conseguido en las alas, sobre todo por los remates en punta a color negro y por la cola que parece salir de una de las alas.
Tatuada en negro y rojo sobre el costado de una mujer y parece mirar hacia arriba como queriéndole decir algo a la mujer que la porta.
Ejemplar muy sencillo y muy visto en los últimos años, si bien es cierto que cada vez se ven más de forma aislada, sin el acompañamiento de ningún otro motivo.
Sencillo pájaro que parece ser una golondrina y para el que sólo se ha utilizado el color negro, está situado en una parte disimulada del cuerpo y destacamos los bonitos ojos que se le han pintado al pájaro.
No nos gusta demasiado el pequeño pico que se le ha pintado al pájaro, por lo que tal vez retocarlo y hacerle un pico un poco más grande sería una buena idea.
Golondrina negra y con el buche de color anaranjado cerca de la clavícula. Destaca el buen acabado de los brillos del tattoo.
Conjunto de tres golondrinas superpuestas unas encima de otras.
En pleno vuelo, del que debemos destacar el buen acabado en las alas, y el gran trabajo por parte del tatuador, por haber conseguido con sombras y partes en blanco, unas alas bastante realistas.
En esta ocasión podemos apreciar un par de golondrinas iguales, pero en distinta posición. Un diseño que suele quedar bien a la mayoría de personas que deciden tatuarselo.