Triskelion Tattoo Design is popular in many cultures

tattoo design of symbol - Triskelion

A triskelion, sometime called  triskele, is symbol or motif that is popular in many cultures. It consists of 3 interlocked spirals, radiating from a common centre, and with a rotational symmetry. Sometimes it’s composed of 3 legs.

A triskelion symbol is popular in many cultures: it is an ancient symbol of pre-Celtic and Celtic beliefs. The triskele was used by the Druids to represent the sacred number three. It is probably the most famous Irish megalithic symbol. It is used on the coat of arms of the Isle of Man.  It’s the symbol of Sicily, where it’s called a Trinacria, and also the isle of wight.

The meaning of ancient symbols is hard to track. It could mean  the three powers of maiden, mother and crone. It is also a symbol for personal growth, spiritual development.

The word triskelion, and triskele, are derived from Greek, where it  was used on coins.

 
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Swallow on chest tattoo design

A swallow on my chest <3

Here’s a fantastic swallow on chest tattoo design for women. The simple yet bold design is stunning.

This  swallow tattoo is a gutsy choice, as swallows are traditionally a favorite for sailors. But check out my article on  swallow symbolism to see what else they may mean. The beautiful birds are popular with many cultures, hence why  swallows are popular tattoo designs.

Graphic tip: for those of you who like to add many tattoos, look at how this woman is limiting the color palette. The tattoos are black, or black and red. This is important… too many colors will make things look messy, unrefined, and kind of trashy. Practice restraint and you’ll get an allover better look.

Another thing to be aware of when putting many tattoos together, is to think of the size of your tattoos in relation to each other. I am finding the flower tattoos a bit too large here in relation to the bird.  Or it’s a mini swallow in the land of Gulliver.

Do think of this before you get your tattoos  – taking time before you do your tattoos is a good way to eliminate tattoo regret.

Still, I do like the overall boldness of the tattoos. As you well know, I shudder when I think of typical female fairy tats. Yuk. That’s why a female swallow tattoo is a breath of fresh air.
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Swallow tattoo design symbolism

Tattoo swallow

Swallow designs for tattoos have  a long history. The swallow’s tail is deeply forked, it has  long, pointed wings, and it is noted for the swiftness and gracefulness of their flight – thus it’s a popular bird.

The swallow symbol has many meanings, but for tattoos, it was most popular with sailors and used to denote sailor aptitude. They used them to show the distance they sailed says wikipedia.

“According to one legend, a sailor with one swallow had travelled over 5,000 nautical miles (9,000 km); a sailor with two swallows had travelled 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km).Travelling these great distances was extremely difficult and dangerous in the early days of sailing, so one or more swallow tattoos denoted a very experienced and valuable sailor. It is also legend that if the sailor drowns, the swallows will carry their soul to heaven, representing freedom and hope.”

Other symbolic meanings for swallows are:

  • strong Christian symbolism – represents the Incarnation of Jesus and the Resurrection, or an eternal or enduring life.
  • for many, the swallow is a symbol of honor, faith.
  • love, loyalty and fidelity. These birds choose a mate for life.
  • luck and hope. When sailors see a swallow, they know land is near.
  • swallows are  a reminder of family, friendship, and mean you will always find your way home.
  • swallows can mean you have an appreciation for music.
  • in England and Australia, swallows on the backs of hands mean “these fists fly”.
  • freedom – these wings can fly.

Less positive associations with the swallow are:

  • that you’ve gone to prison – it’s the jail-bird. Or been initiated in male on male sex rituals (uk).
  • In some areas, the bluebirds, swallows or sparrows can stand for white supremacy or white power. Double yuk.

The origins surrounding symbols date back to early times when the majority of people were not able to read or write. Symbols were used to convey meaning and were very important. Many people are unaware of symbolic meanings today, but if you are getting a tattoo – they are forever, so do your research!

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