Today, when it comes to tattoos – there is no dearth of choice in terms of aesthetics and deeper symbolic meanings. Essentially, this means that a tattoo may have both a positive and a negative side of the same design elements. While many view the swan as a symbol of beauty and purity, it has been known to represent both the rays of the sun and the darker side of evil in many cultures, as depicted in the infamous movie Black Swan.
There are tales and folklore surrounding swans in Celtic mythology as well as Greek. According to Celtic folklore it was the swans in a pair that moved the Sun Chariot. As per Greek mythology the swans aided Apollo in crossing the heavens. What is more the swan motif has featured quite heavily in jewelry designs since 1500 BC. This tradition continues even today with both gold and crystal jewelry has many designs with the swan in the center.
In many tribes swans signify purity, beauty, balance and elegance. Plus there are legends that swans mate for life and staying with their chosen mate for the rest of their life. Based on this legend a swan is supposed to be the perfect balance of the male and female. Tattoos that feature swans could mean many of the things that have been mentioned above. Still the person that gets swan tattoo may do it because he or she feels that it represents one or a combination of many qualities.
Visually stunning with a graceful neck, the swan is known to portray a sense of calm and peace as it gracefully swim on water. Watching them almost gives one a sense of watching a beautiful dance. This has been so effectively portrayed in dances and ballets. The swan also represents a sense of contentment in a couple being together. Often love or romance is represented by showing a pair of swans facing each other. The curve of their beautiful neck makes a lovely heart shape. It is because of this lovely and graceful look that many dancers show their affinity for dance with a swan tattoo.
With the white color and calm look, the swan tattoo has also been known to represent the end of war and the beginning of peace. When you are getting a swan tattoo the size and pose need to be considered carefully. You need to also focus on what sort of background you are planning for it as well as the style in which it will be drawn.
Coming to the black swan though this too is a creature of immense grace and beauty, there is a sense of mystery attached to it. The allure of a mystery combined with the beauty of the swan makes the black swan a desirable tattoo design. The black swan is generally used to represent a secret desire you may have nursed when it comes to getting it as a tattoo.
Looking at the tattoo of a black swan is supposed to inspire and spur you on to attain your hidden dream. You can have a combination of a white and black swan to have a balance of peace of mind along with the achievement of a hidden dream. Since you can make the swan as large or as small as you want it, you can have it on the part of your body that is your preference. Swan are also supposed to represent poetry and music and thereby you may get a swan tattoos along with musical notes to denote that. Browse through the choices given below to pick the one you want.
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