Have you ever seen someone with a tattoo like this? It carries a huge message! Some tattoo studios make it for free!

Instagram, Pinterest and websites devoted to body art are where you can find, using the search word “semicolon,” a lot of tattoos showing tiny semicolons. They’re located in different places: behind the ears, on the wrists, between fingers and on forearms.

They are shown off by people of different ages. They hadn’t been tattooed by accident. They have a deep message, and can tell a lot about the person who decided to have it done. It absolutely does not indicate that a person is fascinated with punctuation marks or emoticons, but has a much stronger message.

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The Semicolon Project was initiated by Amy Bleuel in 2013. This is the way in which the girl wanted to commemorate her father, who committed suicide. From that point forward, a tattooed semicolon has become a symbol for people who have had or still have depression, suicidal thoughts, or different types of emotional problems.

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It is also a sign of people struggling with addictions and problems of self-harm. It indicates that someone managed to overcome a difficult period, or on the contrary – is still struggling to make their life better. The symbol is also a source of strength in moments of great despair.

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Do you wonder why this specific punctuation mark was chosen? The answer is on the next page!  

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