A semi colon is used by an author to indicate that a sentence is not over.
A semi colon tattoo is used by a person to show that they didn’t give up and that their life isn’t over.
A tattoo. A permanent mark on your skin that you will have for the rest of your life.
A permanent reminder for the rest of your life of a time where you were so low that you nearly took your own life.
It is supposed to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide.
A lot of my clients want to get past the lowest part of their lives. They want to move on from that state where they can’t enjoy life. They want to move on from feeling like there was no hope.
A tattoo is a constant reminder.
You know how you can hear a song and it takes you right back to a moment?
You know how you walk past a cafe and the smell reminds you of a childhood memory?
A tattoo like this would do that same, in my opinion. It would never let you forget that you felt so low that you wanted to end it all.
Whilst I recognise that it is intended as a positive sign – I survived, I fought, I was strong enough to keep going – the reality is that in 20 years time when your life has moved on so much, this will be a reminder of the bad times.
Personally, I think a semi colon tattoo limits your freedom to move on with your life. And I believe everyone can, and deserves to, move on with their life, with the right help.