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.