As the story goes, an ugly duckling is transformed into a beautiful swan. This is also true with the tattoo image for females. Almost always the swan represent a magnificent metamorphosis from something they didn't believe or like about themselves, only to realize that they are beautiful and have come to embrace and love everything inside them.
An important thing to remember with a swan tattoo is that placement and color is extremely important. White swans are symbolic of love and dreams, while black swans show a mysterious side that is looking to be set free. Creativity is as important with swans as the grace and elegance that they represent.
Just as the fairy tale encourages us to have faith that the duckling is a beautiful swan, this tattoo will display your beautiful heart in the reflective water of others.