In 2013, after losing her father to suicide, Amy Bleuel founded a faith-based nonprofit organization named Project Semicolon to raise awareness among people struggling with mental illness, addiction, depression, and those having thoughts of self-injury and suicide. She started this campaign as a tribute to him, and chose a semicolon for its symbolism.
Every tattoo has a story waiting to be told. It is brimming with hidden meanings. It can be personal and intimate, or it can be global and expressive. It may prompt a smile on your face, or it may deeply move you. The tattoos we're talking about today is one such case.
You may have seen the social networking sites flooded with images of people flaunting their semicolon tattoos with hashtags #projectsemicolon, #SemicolonTattooProject, etc. Do you think these people are inking their love for punctuation? Well, they are not semicolon enthusiasts, nor are they cults of grammar nerds. (That's another story that I would really support them, if they were!) As mentioned earlier, a growing movement has adopted the semicolon as a symbol of solidarity. This campaign encourages people to post pictures of their semicolon tattoos, and thus share the emotional story behind them.
The Project website reads, 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. The simple punctuation mark has a deeper meaning. It is a perpetual reminder that you are strong; that you're the author of your story and you've come this far. Don't lose hope. Keep going. Don't let your story end.
It says, that it's okay to pause and move forward. But do not stop. It represents continuity when things could have ended. It is not just a representation of the difficulties people face, but also the power and will to overcome adversities of life. A symbol of personal triumph over internal struggle!
▶ These tattoos are most popularly worn on wrists, done in black ink.
▶ But the designs have evolved over time, while the placement of tattoos have always been a personal choice.
▶ Since it works as a reminder, lettering plays a crucial role in inspiring the bearer. Needless to say, avoid negatives. These tattoos are meant to inculcate faith, love, and hope.
▶ They are not just worn by those recovering or going through the struggles, but also by those who stand in support (families and friends).
▶ Year 1, the Semicolon denoted as a symbol of life and the choice to carry on.
▶ Year 2, the Semicolon Trinity, celebrating the effort of moving forward.
▶ Year 3, the Semicolon Sol Invictus is the final step to wiping away all darkness.
Project Semicolon has inspired and helped thousands choose the path to transformation and enlightenment. May the force be with you ... give you the power to move ahead in life.