For sailors, a swallow was a sign that land was near and their journey was coming to an end. This led many seamen from the British Royal Navy to adopt the swallow tattoo as an icon of hope and a successful finish to a long tour of duty. Legend says they would have one swallow tattooed before they embarked and one upon arriving safely home. Swallows are migratory birds that typically return to the same nest each year. We hope our products are part of your own safe journeys for years to come.