number 26. a swallow on my chest - when I was 19, in university, I took a folklore class and did my main paper on the symbolism of some sailor tattoos, focusing on swallows. they represented a taking long journey, or returning from a long journey like migrating birds do. plus the imagery is so beautiful. while living in California I loved the song about the San Juan Capistrano swallows returning by @ so I'm sure that had something to do with this piece as well.
this is also a tattoo I have got many compliments on, mainly from people who say things like "I don't normally like tattoos, but..."