Why do some swallow tattoos have a dagger through them?
I heard that if I sailor lost a good mate at sea he would put a dagger through his swallow tattoo to symbolize his lost friend. My grandfather told me this and showed me a picture of his sailer friend. He had 2 swallows on his chest and one had a dagger through it. My grandpa then told me about thow he had lost his brother (a sailor too)at sea.
Many people get swallow tattoos and sparrow tattoos mixed up. If you associate sparrow tattoos with a sailor he may get very upset with you. Many people use them interchangeably but there is a big difference. The majority of the bird tattoos that you see are swallows although many people call them sparrows. Learn the difference before getting the tattoo. The birds themselves are very different. A swallow is a very common species. It has…
There is a bit of a stigma or personal taste issue when it comes to tattoos, some people like them some don't. Some people view tattoos as being a criminal or gangster when that isn't always the case. Some people get tattoos to remember some one or some thing special, some people get tattoos of things they like or because they think tattoos are cool.