Swallows & Daggers began as a way of documenting classic American tattooing for anyone who shared our fascination. That fascination remains but delving deeper into the culture has led us to value the influences that have shaped it; making us what we are today.
Started in 2009 by Cian Mac an TSaoir, Swallows & Daggers soon grew to be much more than a record of the past. We garnered a global audience through vast and varied daily content the S&D website became a reference point for artists, brands and tattoo aficionados alike. In the process we broke down tattoo culture for anyone who had respect for the craft but not access to the knowledge. Soon, a physical zine evolved out of the website followed by a series of collaborative t-shirts with artists like Simon Erl and Matty D’Arienzo.
Today, Swallows & Daggers has evolved into something much greater than our humble beginnings in rural Ireland. The same influences that have always informed and led our work remain but we have also begun exploring new paths; hard wearing cut-and-sew garments; original in-depth content and a truly global outlook. In every sense we plan to take what has gone before us and build on it. Respect Tradition.