TATTOOS: THE SEMI COLON PROJECT

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SEMICOLON: The tattoo scene has scene many trends come and go but here’s a movement which we think will last a lifetime.

If you’ve been around the world of tattoos, then you’ll remember a time when tribal bands and mortal combat style dragons were all the rage, and then of course was the one time when pitbull tattoos were a must have. Yet as they’ve all slowly hit the end of their shelf life, there is now one tattoo trend which has turned into a lifestyle movement which we think we last a lifetime. That theme? The semicolon.

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You are the author and your life is the sentence- Don’t let your sentence end;

The semicolon ink is a permanent statement meant to raise awareness about managing mental illness or the loss of a loved one to suicide, the signature for Project Semicolon.

The “faith-based nonprofit movement” was started by Amy Bleuel, whose father committed suicide in 2003. (The nonprofit was launched a decade later.) The use of the semicolon in this effort is much like its use in writing: “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.” Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, reports USA Today.

The semicolon tattoo may have some perplexed, but but this tattoo is a symbol of fight, a symbol of strength and a grammatical symbol that symbolizes forward thinking, action and having the fortitude to never stop. The founder of “project semicolon is Amy Bleue, and she’s the one responsible for spearheading the project.

To have people all across the world recognize the project is simply amazing and the  reason of the use of the semicolon is a play of it’s use in the English language. Whereas a period ends a sentence or closes off a sentence, the semi colon signifies a pause, which is to be continued.

 

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I could have ended my life, but I chose not to.