What is it about birds and sailors? From the albatross to the bluebird, feathered friends abound in nautical storytelling. For on sighting a bird, sailors knew they were close to land. And a bluebird of happiness indelibly inked on a sailor’s chest indicated 5,000 nautical miles had been safely travelled. Some sailors had a second bluebird tattooed after they had acquired 10,000 nautical miles. It’s a simple statement – an airborne image and a soaring story.
It’s true – every tattoo tells a story.