On 10th July 2015 I had a semi-colon permanently inked on my skin. It was something that I had wanted to get for a while, given what it means to me, but I had no idea where to put it.
I already have two tattoos so the pain wasn’t so much of an issue, but I wanted the tattoo to be somewhere where I could see it. This ruled out the ankle or behind the ear.
My semi-colon project tattoo is my first, and likely last, visible tattoo. I chose to get the tattoo on the inside of my wrist, wrapping round the right hand side (on the bone because I’m THAT brave). The placement means that from lots of angles you cannot see the tattoo.
It might also be difficult, from certain angles, to know that the tattoo is a semi-colon, because if I extend my arm out the semi-colon is on its side. The reason for this is that it looks like a perfect semi-colon when I look directly at it. It is there as a symbol of power for me that I can get through anything that life throws at me. Now, at the stage where I am in life, I feel as though I can look back on darker times and be proud of how far that I have come.
Lots of people do not, however, make it, and that is the point of the semi-colon project. For those who are not aware of the message behind the semi colon image, a semi colon is used when a writer could have ended his sentence but chose not to. In essence, the sentence represents life and the writer the person with mental health issues. It is about raising awareness mainly of depression and suicide, but I view it as raising awareness of mental health in general.
The hope is that people will see these semi-colon tattoos popping up and will enquire as to what they mean, which in turn will raise awareness. Whilst doing this, it is also a great comfort to me when I look at my tattoo to know that things are never as bad as they seem.
Your story isn’t over #semicolonproject