Ruby Rose has a blue swallow tattooed on the back of her neck. Swallows are a common traditional sailor tattoo representing freedom.
This is one of Ruby’s older tattoos and she has had it re-worked. Pictured top-right is the original tattoo in 2010, which was smaller and was just an outline. The cover-up is filled in with shades of blue and looks more cartoonish.
Lights’ very first tattoos were the sparrows on her hips which she got as a symbol of moving away from home. She explains: “I had just moved away from home and I was 18. I was living in Vancouver at the time and I moved to Toronto, so it’s a big move, it’s like L.A. to New York. I was kind facing the world on my own for the first time and my parents probably would have never let me get a tattoo but I moved out, like ‘I’m a free bird.’ So I got [on my hips] — it’s super cliché, but I got two sparrows. From this hole in the wall place and I was underage. The guy wasn’t that great. But it was exciting because it was my first tattoo.”
Why a sparrow? “I never get anything that doesn’t mean something. The sparrow travels the world but always knows how to get home. And a sparrow is a love bird. They find their partner and they stay with them forever. They’re a really loyal bird. It just had a really cool story behind it.”
iwrestledabearonce singer Krysta Cameron has a half-sleeve tattoo on her right forearm which she is constantly adding to. On the outside of her arm are two blue and purple swallows holding a banner that says “TYA.” The swallows are done in a traditional style with black outlines.
Just below Krysta Cameron’s right elbow is a black and white a nautical star tattoo surrounded by flowers. She had the star first and added the orange flowers and then the blue and pink rose. She also has tiny stars and dots to fill in the open spaces on her sleeve, and later added a gray background behind some of the stars on her wrist.