What Does a Semicolon Tattoo Mean

What Does a Semicolon Tattoo Mean

This is a marker for people who have a "coming of age" story that started with a young, naive girl with a rudimentary knowledge of English. As a demonstration of her new found knowledge of language, a semicolon tattoo was inked on her wrist. The semicolon represents the new beginning she made with her newfound language skills. The tattoo has been on this woman's skin for many years and it's a constant reminder of what she learned from the 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.

And It's Not Just About the Conversation — It's About Providing Tangible Support and Help Too.

Jenn and Jeremy work with the Agora Crisis Center. Founded in 1970, it's one of the oldest crisis centers in the country. Through The Semicolon Tattoo Project, they've been able to connect even more people with the help they need during times of crisis. (If you need someone to talk to, scroll to the end of the article for the center's contact information.)

Semicolon Tattoo: What Does It Mean?

“From even a young age, I learned how to endure and to fight. At the age of 6, two years after my parents divorced, I chose to go live with my father and his new wife. Living with my father was great until my stepmother began abusing me physically, mentally and even emotionally. I endured her abuse until I was taken from my father and put into state custody. I remained there while I waited for my mother to come for me. This happened at the age of 8, marking the start of my journey into “the system.”

When I Was 13, I Was Raped for the First Time.

Rather than being reassured and comforted after the assault, I was held responsible for a crime I did not commit and put back into the system. The next five years of my life were spent in darkness and total solitude. I was even heavily medicated with drugs used to treat mental illnesses despite never being diagnosed with one. I fell victim to self-injuring behavior more than once and, on a number of occasions, even attempted to take my life.




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