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The semicolon tattoo

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July 2015

Yesterday my wife and I got matching tattoos:

Picture of our tattoos

They are based on the same drawing, but she got hers a little smaller than mine, and mine is on my left wrist and hers is on her right. We got them for project semicolon, a movement that celebrates mental health and/or addiction recovery. To quote:

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.

A friend suggested that we get them, we really liked the idea and talked about it for a week or so, and yesterday we went to New Breed Kokomo and asked about the process. (we went to another local shop first, but didn't get the good feeling we got at New Breed) We liked what we heard and they had an opening in two hours. We went home and watched some Netflix, then went back. Devon was our artist and he did a great job explaining everything and a great job with the tattooing. It was really fast and, to my surprise, not really painful. More of a buzzing vibrating feel. Devon and some articles I've read say that the pain level is very subjective and different people rate it differently, especially when different areas are tattooed. Karla seemed to get even less discomfort, she said that the vibrating wasn't even intense for her.

We're really pleased with the results. If I think of something else that will stay meaningful for me, I think I'd like another. I had heard they are addictive.

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