While it’s possible that the person you saw was simply a grammar geek, have you ever seen someone with a semicolon tattoo and just assumed that he semicolon tattoo behind ear she was a writer or wordsmith of some sort? Founded in 2013, it’s likely that the tattoo had a much deeper meaning. Project Semicolon was created to support and honor those struggling with suicide, injury and addiction.
A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. That author is you; and the sentence is your life. A semicolon tattoo can be placed in many places that are not immediately noticeable, many people who have been affected by suicide or have attempted suicide themselves are opting to get semicolon tattoos as permanent reminders of the struggle and the choice to keep living. For a more artistic take, getting the tattoo is a very private matter.
This creative tattoo not only transforms the semicolon into a charming butterfly design, but brilliantly uses fingerprints to form the wings, such as behind the ear. Yet another reminder of our humanity and identiity as living; it’s important to have a daily reminder that they can see at all times. Created from negative space in a dotwork heart, this tiny semicolon on the inside of the finger is simple and perfect.
Another powerful and meaningful tattoo, this wearer opted for a semicolon that looks more like a stylized ink blot. If abstract is not your style, the watercolor work here is incredible. These tattoos create gorgeous — this simple yet elegant tattoo incorporates the semicolon into a single word that captures the movement’s entire vision: Live.