Sparrow tattoo

A Sparrow Tattoo, and any other tattoo for that matter, is a significant move that stays with you for a long time, so if you choose to have a Sparrow Tattoo you should know what it represents.
(Some say a tattoo stays for life, but you can always hide a tattoo under a bigger one
:-) )

Historically, the sparrow tattoo started as a sailors’ tattoo.
Sailors used to get a sparrow tattoo for every 5,000 nautical miles they traveled.
Sparrows were also believed to bring a sailor good luck, so sometimes the sailor got his Sparrow tattoo before leaving the docks, hoping it would act as a talisman, and help bring him safely home again.

Sparrow Tattoos

The ancient Egyptians believed that sparrows would catch the souls of those who had died.
This belief was another cause for a sailor to have the sparrow tattoo, as if the sailor had the misfortune of dying at sea, according to the legend the sparrow would carry his spirit to heaven.

In modern times, the sparrow tattoo is sometimes used as memorial designs for loved ones who have passed away.
The
sparrow tattoo can be inked holding the ends of a banner that bears the name and birth/death dates of the person being memorialized.

Sparrow Tattoo

Sparrow Tattoo is a very popular tattoo for a lot of good reasons:

  • The sparrow tattoo come in a variety of sizes and can feet most parts of the body.
  • One of the beauties about the sparrow tattoo is that even in small sized it can be very rich in details and colors.
  • If you haven’t decided how your tattoo will look like, I truly recommend this amazing collection of more than 3500 tattoos.
  • I gave it as a gift to my wife and she already picked two tattoos from the flash
  • Sparrow Tattoo

  • The way the sparrow is pictured also defines a lot about its meaning -
  • A sparrow singing a song symbolizing Freedom and a sparrow diving toward a nautical star represents freedom to love and to find your true love
  • When someone chooses the sparrow tattoo, he usually chooses to add details to the “scene” ant not go for a plain sparrow.
  • Some popular ideas are to have the sparrow flying near a flower, have it sitting on a branch of a tree, hold the name of a beloved one who passed away and more

Beside its advantages as an artwork, the sparrow tattoo has a deep and wide symbolic to it:

  • Sparrow is different from most birds, when they find their soul mate, they stay with them till the end of their life.
  • For that reason, a sparrow is a symbol of finding your true love as Sparrows symbolize love, dedication and trust
  • A sparrow is a symbol of finding your freedom
  • Sparrows are known for traveling great distances, but always returning home
  • Captain Jack Sparrow in “The Pirates of the Caribbean” had a sparrow tattoo on his arm with the name “Jack”.
  • The great success of the movie, along with the appealing character of captain contributed a great contribution to the popularity of the Sparrow tattoo

If you are looking for a Sparrow tattoo, or any other tattoo, you can gain a lot from checking this amazing tattoos collection.

I hope you like this post about Sparrow Tattoo.
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  1. Matthew on July 8, 2008 6:27 pm

    None of these tattoo’s are of sparrow’s. They are swallows, which were originally meant to guide a sailor home.

  2. Thi on August 6, 2008 12:47 am

    Many swallow tattoos were modeled after the barn swallow native to Europe. Blue in color, with a long, forked tail. Sparrows are not the same as swallows. they sybolize two different things. however both birds are representative of the beauty of flight and the immense freedom it brings.

  3. Tara on September 6, 2008 5:45 am

    I just have one criticism to what you have written. Jack Sparrow certainly did NOT have “Jack” tattoed under the sparrow tattoo design. The tattoo that Jack Sparrow had, was the sparrow, facing away from his body, and of course the sun, and the water. Johnny Depp got a very similar tattoo, after he wrapped the movies, the main differences being, the sparrow is flying towards him, and the name “Jack” underneath the tat, is his son’s name.

  4. Susan on September 28, 2008 7:29 pm

    from the Bible: “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

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