Tattoo designs take flight in 2013
# 9. Bluebird, Swallow & Bird Tattoos
The bluebird — like the swallow with which it’s often associated — is a favourite nautical symbol of good luck. As a nautical tattoo design, the bluebird has sometimes been mistaken within popular culture for the swallow, or swift, and the two very different species of birds have quite similar colouring, with bright accents of blue and orange, verging to both red and yellow. In mythology, the bluebird is the universally acknowledged sign of happiness, prosperity, good health, and the arrival of spring. The beautiful blue of its plumage is associated with the sky and eternal happiness. Unlike the swallow, it does not have a ‘dark’ side.
Traditionally, the bluebird (or depending upon your belief, the swallow) is tattooed on one side of a sailor’s chest when he can claim 10,000 miles at sea. When he has clocked 20,000 nautical miles, the sailor may apply the bird’s mate to on the other side of his chest. A pair of bluebirds together is a sign of the well-travelled sailor.
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