Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sparrow Tattoo Or Swallow Tattoo?

When doing Internet research on the subject of getting a sparrow tattoo, I quickly realized that most people have the meaning of a sparrow tattoo mixed up with the meaning of a swallow tattoo. Wikipedia references to the meaning of a sparrow tattoo had everything from sailors getting them for logging in 5,000 miles at sea, to prisoners getting them when released as a symbol of their freedom, to being a symbol of true love, to tattoo artists getting them to protect themselves and keep evil spirits away, to ancient Egyptian lore.

With the release of the movie 'Pirate's of the Caribbean' came interest in getting a sparrow tattoo because of the main character captain Jack Sparrow, but people who get tattoos in general like to get one that has some sort of meaning and I believe that is where all of this debate comes from. They just want to know what it means before they commit to getting one on their body.

Some more information I found in my research - sparrows are probably the most familiar wild birds and are early breeders which make them one of the surest signs of spring, and are one of the most abundant songbirds of the world.

According to sailor lore, swallows seen at sea are a good sign. Swallows are a land based bird and seeing them at sea implies that land is near and your prospects are clear. Also based on sailor lore - tattoos and piercings in general are said to ward off evil spirits.

So based on what I have found, the only conclusion that I can draw is that the meaning is whatever either a swallow or a sparrow tattoo means to you personally because there seems to be many conflicting meanings. I think just the fact that they are birds alone can signify flight, peace and freedom which if you ask me is beautiful symbolism and meaning right there. Just make sure you know which one you are getting!




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