The Swallow: In addition to indicating that a sailor had sailed 5000 miles, swallows are also associated with the idea of return. This "return" symbolism is rooted in two ideas. The first was the swallow's famous migration pattern, always returning home to San Juan Capistrano. Second, it was believed that if a sailor dies at sea, birds carry his soul home to heaven.

The Swallow: In addition to indicating that a sailor had sailed 5000 miles, swallows are also associated with the idea of return. This "return" symbolism is rooted in two ideas. The first was the swallow's famous migration pattern, always returning home to San Juan Capistrano. Second, it was believed that if a sailor dies at sea, birds carry his soul home to heaven.

sailor jerry traditional sparrow tattoo. Would love to get one of these. Symbol of loyalty and undying love. Maybe over my heart or on my wrist

sailor jerry traditional sparrow tattoo. Would love to get one of these. Symbol of loyalty and undying love. Maybe over my heart or on my wrist

Every tattoo is a personal statement, but there are certain common meanings & associations. Find out the true meanings behind Sailor Jerry's famous tattoos

Every tattoo is a personal statement, but there are certain common meanings & associations. Find out the true meanings behind Sailor Jerry's famous tattoos

Sailor Jerry Star.  Stay on course.  I think this will be my first.  For my art, my brother Chris's service, and the magic.

Sailor Jerry Star. Stay on course. I think this will be my first. For my art, my brother Chris's service, and the magic.

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