Swallow tattoos were first a classic sailor’s tattoo, representing travel and freedom and the symbol of eternal return. It can also signify homesickness, since in spring the swallow always returns to the place it came from the previous year.
The swallow also represents love, care and affection towards family and friends, showing the loyalty of the person always returning to them. The bird also represents freedom and hope. The swallow tattoo is also used as a good-luck charm.