Sailor with Swallows - Limited Edition Two Colour Screen print - Part of The Ocean Series

Black and white printed on japanese Atsukuchi paper, which is only 57gsm, but don't be fooled although this paper is thin it is very strong with a waxy finish which makes the ink stand up beautifully.

Limited Edition of 15. Size 64cm x48.5cm.

Swallows tattoo's are a old style navel symbol. They were used because they have have a symbolic meaning. Back in the days before modern navigation birds would obviously represent land and tattoos of swallows, sparrows and blue birds came to represent a safe passage home. Swallows, maybe because of their migratory habits came to represent successfully sailing a certain amount of miles. There is another story that says that if sailor gets a set of swallows on his chest, if he or she drowns the swallows will come down and lift his soul up to heaven.

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