I like the sailor hatted skulls. Might work those into my arms somewhere

Octopus and Whale Nautical 'Sailors Grave' Tattoo Flash. by ParlorTattooPrints on Etsy (I love this so much)

To anyone trying to get swallow tattoos, read this. Right now. If you didn't earn it, don't get it. Plain and simple. It's disrespectful to the tradition, and you're making yourself ignorant.

In addition to indicating that a sailor had sailed 5000 miles, swallows are also associated with the idea of "return". It was believed that if a sailor dies at sea, birds carry his soul home to heaven.