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Have you seen anyone with a semicolon tattoo? Here’s what it’s about.

One small character, one big purpose.

Have you seen anyone with a tattoo like this?

semicolon-tattoo-thumb-3-b2280db1eac370fba0001c83e97c1913If not, you may not be looking close enough. They’re popping up…


semicolon-tattoo-thumb-7-6f74bde7aefa53d4cd218e4e53c93242Photos by The Semicolon Tattoo Project.

That’s right: the semicolon. It’s a tattoo that has gained popularity in recent years, but unlike other random or mystifying trends, this one has a serious meaning behind it. (And no, it’s not just the mark of a really committed grammar nerd.)

This mark represents mental health struggles and the importance of suicide prevention.

Project Semicolon was born from a social media movement in 2013.

They describe themselves as a “movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love, and inspire.”

But why a semicolon?

“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”

Originally created as a day where people were encouraged to draw a semicolon on their bodies and photograph it, it quickly grew into something greater and more permanent. Today, people all over the world are tattooing the mark as a reminder of their struggle, victory, and survival.



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