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Swallows Tattoo

In the early days of sailing a swallow tattoo was a symbol used by sailors to show off their sailing experience. Legend holds that since swallows return to the same location every year to mate and nest, the swallow would guarantee the sailor's safe return home. A sailor would have one swallow tattooed before setting out on a journey, and the second swallow tattooed at the end of their voyage, upon return to their home port.