Let me start by saying that I don’t really buy into trends, especially tattoo trends. As an aspiring tattoo artist I like tattoos to be unique to a person, unless it is from a flash sheet, and don’t like when the someone copies the artwork for their own tattoo. That is why this trend took me completely by surprise.
If you have been on the internet at all recently, you have probably seen one or two articles about the increasing amount of people getting a semicolon tattooed. The reasoning behind this is that the semicolon represents the place where an author could have ended a sentence but didn’t. The tattoo interpretation is that the person is the author and their life is the sentence they chose not to finish. The Project was started in 2013 by Amy Bleuel, who wanted to honour her father, who she had lost to suicide. Project semicolon was started to serve as an inspiration to others dealing with mental illness. The mission statement reads “Project Semicolon is a faith-based movement dedicated to presenting hop and love for those who are struggling with Depression, Suicide, Addiction and Self-Injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love and inspire.”
The first time I saw this was probably a few months ago. At first I thought it was a pretty nice idea. As someone who has dealt with depression for a large part of their life, any tattoos or art or piece of writing that signifies surviving something similar really hits close to home.
Recently this project has been all over the internet and I have begun to notice it more and more. If you have read any of my recent posts you will have read that I have just fallen in love with writing and that is all I want to do. Now that writing is such a big part of my life, this “project” had more and more of a personal impact. It is just so significant to me, that I decided to take part. My own semicolon is on the side of my middle finger so I can see it whenever I write or draw, and always serves as a reminder of what I have overcome and what I (and many others) am still dealing with today. I already have one other tattoo dedicated to my struggle with depression but it is on my collarbone and I can’t really see it everyday as I do with this one.
It was just so perfect and fitting. I don’t mind that I have become part of the trend for this one tattoo as I just found it so perfect. It will always serve as a reminder that I did not end my life and how much writing means to me at this point in my life.
For anyone reading this who is struggling with mental illness and needs someone to talk to, feel free to message me anytime. I have been there and know what it is like and if I can extend help to just one other person, that would be enough. As I said, I plan on becoming a tattoo artist after I graduate so if you liked this and/or would like to see more about tattoos, let me know. It is always great to receive feedback.
I love you all and to anyone that needs, know that you can do this, it can get better.
Love Chelsea xx
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