One Million Semicolon Tattoos

One Million Semicolon Tattoos

Once a form of punctuation that denoted being not quite the end of a sentence, Project Semicolon has given the semicolon a whole new meaning. It’s big and, it’s saving lives.

Tattoos With Meaning

Instagram has over 67,000 posts with the #semicolontattoo and that number is constantly growing. This tiny tattoo is a candid reminder that the person next to you may be suffering from mental illness and depression. And yet, they have chosen to carry on with their life.

Maybe that person is you?

If you ever needed a reminder that life can be tough, the semicolon tattoo meaning has become a token that connects us in our search for happiness and the reality of how difficult finding it can be.

What does a semicolon tattoo mean?

Despite their prevalence, depression and anxiety still come with a stigma that can lead to further mental health issues. As many as 1 million people die from suicide every year and a further 250,000 attempt to take their lives.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 25-44 and the numbers of deaths are growing.

Amy Bleuel, the founder of the Semicolon Project suffered her whole life with depression and created the semicolon sign as an expression of her willingness to carry on.

What Does a Semicolon Tattoo Mean?

“The semicolon was chosen because in literature a semicolon is used when an author chooses to not end a sentence,” said Bleuel. “You are the author and the sentence is your life. You are choosing to continue.”

Bleuel originally encouraged people to draw the semicolon on their body and post it on social media. But it didn’t take long before her post went viral and people began inking their bodies with a permanent reminder that you are the author and could have chosen to end your sentence, but chose not too.

It’s a powerful message that has taken hold. Today, over a million tattoos worldwide are continuing to save lives.

In loving memory of our Amy Bleuel.