This is my most recent tattoo. It's my sixth one and my biggest so far. I've wanted to get a sort of old-school flash tattoo for a while, and this one has a lot of family and personal meaning in it. The swallows are a traditional sailor tattoo, and my grandpa on my mom's side was in the Navy in WW2. Swallows are also known for traveling long distances but always returning to their home, and tradition says if you die swallows will carry your soul to heaven. The banner reads "a stone, a leaf, a door" and is a quote from Look Homeward, Angel
by Thomas Wolfe. I'm related to him on my dad's side, and that quote is from a passage all about the past and what has been lost.