According to Celtic legend Branwen, the daughter of Llŷr, is married to a husband who treats her with abuse, Matholwch the King of Ireland.
Desperate, she tames a Starling, teaches it to speak and sends it across the Irish sea bearing a message for her brother Bendigeidfran the king of Britain.
Bendigeidfran rushes to her rescue, leading an Army from Wales into Ireland and duly defeating Matholwch, then placing Branwen’s son Gwern on the thone of Ireland.
Throughout history birds have been considered to be symbolic of the gift of speech, and also as messengers.
The tattooos that appear on Branwen’s arm represent the element Air, the element responsible for the Starling’s ability to fly and to do so at such a great distance.