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My new tattoo

As some of you know, I have a semicolon tattoo on my left wrist. "A semicolon is where an an author could have ended the sentence, but chose to continue instead. The author is you, and the sentence is your life."

#projectsemicolon http://www.projectsemicolon.org/our-vision.html

The quote above used to be placed prominently the website, but for some reason, maybe a legal one, they have taken it down. It sums up the movement perfectly in any case.

The tattoo is very popular with suicide attempt survivors, self-injurers, and pretty much anyone with a mental illness or who supports someone with a mental illness. It's popular on T shirts as well, I have two T shirts and a hoodie with a semicolon on the front, and "Your story isn't over." on the back. The back also has a NAMI logo and http://www.nami.org on the back. Our local affiliate sells them as a fundraiser, we've sold over $300 of them so far. Sorry to turn an article about tattoos into an ad for shirt...


Here are some semicolon tattoo images: https://goo.gl/Zakunj

Here is mine, on my left wrist:

semicolon tattoo

I like it a lot, and decided to get a related tattoo on my right wrist, I chose "My story isn't over.", a fairly common sentiment. I thought of at least one totally original statement, but decided that I liked the more common one more. I guess there is a reason it's more common. The picture at the top of the article is my new tattoo.

Would you get a mental health related tattoo? Let us know in the comments!

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