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Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over Yet

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Kate Elizabeth | CC

A while back, I wrote a post about tattoos and personality, and although most readers were excited to share stories about their own ink and what their tattoos say about them, there were a couple of unfavorable reviews…

…and now I wonder what those with negative opinions about tattoos think about the new “semicolon tattoo” trend.

By now, you’ve probably heard about the semicolon tattoo — at least, you probably have if you’ve used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or — oh, I don’t know, Google — in the last couple of weeks.

According to Project Semicolon, the mastermind behind the semicolon tattoo:

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.

Wow…how powerful a statement is that?

Of course, Project Semicolon goes on to explain that it’s not a helpline or composed of mental health professionals, and encourages people to seek professional help or contact the suicide hotline (1-800-SUICIDE) if they’re contemplating ending their lives.

Yet, for me, ending the sentence doesn’t have to represent ending one’s life, as in committing suicide, necessarily. Maybe it could refer to simply giving up; however, the semicolon shows that you can move forward and even change direction completely.

Check out Project Semicolon’s promotional video, and let us know what you think of this movement in the comments below. Would you get the semicolon tattoo? If so, why?

Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over Yet

Alicia Sparks

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APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2015). Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over Yet. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from


Last updated: 9 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 9 Jul 2015
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