125 Best Semicolon Tattoos And Their Meanings

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Tattoos have long been a way of expressing one’s creativity and celebrating their uniqueness. Most of us probably pass hundreds of people bearing tattoos every single week of our lives, but never really give much thought to what they may mean. We just appreciate their beauty and admire them from afar.

People get tattoos for inspiration, to honor loved ones, to commemorate special occasions or just because they like how they look. More often than not, there is a deeper meaning behind someone’s tattoo than just what’s on the surface and those meanings are quite personal for the wearer.

Getting a tattoo is a personal choice – one the wearer is going to have to live with forever. So it stands to reason that they would want to give lots of thought to what they are putting on their bodies instead of just following meaningless trends because everyone else is doing it. Or worse – getting a tattoo they will eventually regret – usually sooner, rather than later.

Tattoo trends featuring one single design usually don’t happen. The whole idea of getting a tattoo is to be unique and different. So why would you want to go around sporting the same tired design as thousands of other people? Well, believe it or not – there is actually one tattoo trend that is gaining popularity and has inspired people from all walks of life to do just that.

The semicolon tattoo has united millions of people across the globe in a show of support for people who are struggling with mental illness, depression and thoughts of suicide. A semicolon tattoo also represents someone who is battling those issues themselves. It is crazy to think that something as simple as a tiny punctuation mark can have such significance for so many people, but the creator of the semicolon movement intended it that way.

Amy Bleuel was the founder of Project Semicolon – an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide. The semicolon movement began when Bleuel challenged people to draw a semicolon on their bodies and show it off on social media in support of those who are affected by mental illness or if they struggle with mental issues themselves.

Bleuel was asked why she chose the semicolon to illustrate her cause.

“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,” said Bleuel.

Bleuel herself struggled with depression and mental illness all of her life, due to various traumas she had experienced for 20+ years of her life. Sadly, at the age of 31, Bleuel took her own life, but left behind a legacy that has reached more than five million people since Project Semicolon began in 2013. Today, Project Semicolon remains a vocal advocate for the prevention of suicide and offers a wealth of resources and support for those who may be suffering with thoughts of suicide.

Here’s a look at some great examples of semicolon tattoos.

This semicolon tattoo is embellished with two arrows. Perhaps the arrows are to remind the wearer that their story can take any direction they wish for it to at any time.
While semicolon tattoos are usually small, this large example of the popular design looks great, too. It features an arrow down the center of the semicolon and the phrase, “My story isn’t over.” A beautiful reminder to follow your arrow and live your story on your terms.
This simple and understated semicolon tattoo is in the perfect spot to be a reminder for the wearer and anyone who sees it that their stories, too – are not over.
Feathers have long been associated with the desire for freedom – the ability to spread your wings and fly away at any time, regardless of whether you can see the ground or not. The semicolon outline in the middle of this feather is significant because reminds the wearer that they can fly away and continue their story elsewhere at any time. The phrase, “Stay strong” at the bottom is a testament to their strength to endure. Just a beautiful, meaningful design for anyone.
This color splash semicolon tattoo is a cool variation of the typical design. The watercolor background showcases the dark ink perfectly and makes it appear more vivid. It’s also light and fun, too!
This semicolon tattoo reminds us that, “Where we suffer, we find the will to live.” That means we have to hold on, be strong and find our reason for continuing our story right where we are. It is a hopeful message that we can pull ourselves out of our suffering eventually and to be strong until that time comes.
Where some people choose to have a tear drop tattoo to signify some loss or trauma they have endured, this person chose to have a semicolon tattoo. This design is unique because it is a fresh take on two of the more popular tattoo designs and we like it very much!
This is a simple semicolon design in a not so prominent area – sort of like a special secret reminder for the wearer. We think inconspicuous tattoos are even more meaningful because they are created solely for the wearer- and no one else.

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Here’s another tiny semicolon tattoo. It’s small, personal and discreet. Despite its small size, it has a powerful message for the wearer and they can look at it any time they need a reminder that their story is not over.
We love this semicolon tattoo for so many reasons! The semicolon itself is purple, which adds a lovely punch of color to the design to make it unique. The phrase, “I am the author” reminds the wearer that their story is not only not over, but also that they are the author of it and that they get to choose how it ends – no one else.
Semicolon tattoos don’t have to be stand alone designs in order to be meaningful. They don’t have to follow any sort of pattern, which creates endless opportunities to incorporate them into larger designs. This one features a semicolon as one half of a heart – perhaps a reminder for the wearer to love themselves as they continue their story.
Simple, elegant and understated – this semicolon tattoo makes a bold statement in a quiet way.
There are no hard and fast rules about where a semicolon has to be in order to count. It is YOUR story after all, remember? It’s also your tattoo and your reminder. Put it wherever you like – even on your foot! The location doesn’t make its meaning any less significant.
Rainbow colors are always great and in this tattoo design, they’re absolutely fantastic! We love the way the colors blend into each other, as if they have been melted and dripped onto the skin. The colorful backdrop is the perfect finishing touch to this larger-scale semicolon tattoo. The colors really make the dark ink pop!
This tattoo has so much detail and things going on that we hardly know where to begin to describe it. Your eye is first drawn in by all the fabulous colors that have been incorporated into this design because they blend with and complement each other so well. The dots in the center of each tiny shape give the design a 3D appearance. They are so realistic, it seems you could actually feel each little bump. At the center of this gorgeous mosaic is the semicolon surrounded by more lovely colors to complete this fabulous design.
In previous designs, we have talked about the significance of arrows in tattoos and how they can be reminders to follow your own arrow wherever it points or to simply keep moving forward. The semicolon in the center is a reminder to the wearer that their story is not over and that they may continue it in any direction they choose.
This semicolon tattoo is interesting because of the color splash in the background. It could just be a random drip of colors, but if you look closer, you can see that it could also be a dark cloud on the left right with blue skies or rain on the left. Another unique thing about this design is that the semicolon in the center is left blank instead of being shaded in with dark ink. A really cool design for someone who prefers a more unique semicolon tattoo.
This tattoo is a beautiful reminder to, “Just breathe” – something we all need to slow down and practice. The watercolor background provides a lovely canvas for the phrase and the semicolon’s dark ink as a nice contrast to the soft colors of the backdrop. Perhaps this tattoo is a reminder for the wearer, too, to just breathe as they continue their story.
Here is another tattoo featuring arrows in the design. These are crossed arrows which signifies friendship. We aren’t sure the significance of these arrows on this tattoo, but they make a beautiful backdrop for the semicolon in the center.
We love creative tattoos that incorporate different elements in the design. The body of this lovely butterfly is the semicolon and the gorgeous wings span out from it in pretty shades of pinks, purples and blues. A butterfly signifies transformation – overcoming darkness to recreate yourself into something beautiful. Perhaps this tattoo is a reminder that our stories will tell the wonders of our amazing transformations.
Hope. What a beautiful word. It’s something we all need to get through our stories with grace, peace of mind and the gentle reminder that we can choose how – and when – or stories end.
A balloon and an anchor accent this semicolon in the center. Perhaps the balloon is to remind the wearer that they can fly away from their struggles at any time they wish and the anchor could be to remind them to be anchored at all times – no matter how high they go.
This beautiful tattoo features a hear beat and a heart – to remind the wearer that so long as their heart is beating, their story is not over. Their heart beat is their purpose. The phrase, “Just be” is to remind them that all they have to do is just…….be. Be here. Be present. Be the author of their story.
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Here’s another small, discreet semicolon tattoo. This person chose to have their’s done behind the ear. It features a heart shape with the semicolon forming one side of the design. Perhaps it’s to remind the wearer to remember to love themselves all through their story.
Turn the page – what an inspiring message for all of us! The main part of this design features a beautiful butterfly with watercolor wings and the semicolon for the body. This tattoo is a gorgeous reminder to always turn the page of our story. Keep going! Our stories are not over yet because, just like the with butterfly, we are changing and transforming all the time.
Bird tattoos symbolize being able to soar and fly away from your circumstances, whatever they may be. Freedom at its best. With the intricate design of the wings, you hardly notice the semicolon in the center, but it’s there – and serves as a reminder that this person’s story is not over and that they will soar through the chapters with beauty, grace and hope – just like the bird.
This semicolon tattoo sits higher up on the forearm, which means that it can be covered with clothing if the wearer chooses. But the wearer will always have the comfort of knowing their reminder is there any time they need it – and that their story is not over.
The semicolon tattoo is followed by the phrase, “Miles to go” to remind the wearer that they still have so many miles to go before their story is over.
We love this semicolon tattoo because it’s so inspirational and unique. It features the word “Warrior” with the semicolon showcased as the i in the word. This tattoo would serve as a great reminder to the wearer that they are a warrior and they can persevere through whatever their story brings.
A cross and a semicolon tattoo work together to remind the wearer to keep the faith as they continue their story – that they will make it through to the end.
This one word inspirational semicolon tattoo is powerful: Continue. Just simply continue. Don’t end your story. Keep on going.
Here’s another simple, yet powerful reminder using one single word: Alive. This inspiring semicolon tattoo reminds the wearer that as long as they are alive, they still have a purpose and that their story is not over.

Facts About Depression and Suicide:

  • More than 300 people from all ages suffer from depression.
  • Prolonged, unmanaged depression is the leading cause of suicide.
  • Women are twice as likely to be affected by depression than men.
  • Only one out of five people who suffer from depression receive regular treatment for their condition.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) reports 800,000 commit suicide each year. That’s one person every 40 seconds.
  • WHO also reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death among people in the 15-29 age bracket.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
  • 40% of people who commit suicide have attempted to at least once before.
  • Males are four times more likely to die by suicide.
  • 90% of suicide cases are affected by some mental disorder.
  • Europe has the highest suicide rate while The Mediterranean and parts of Asia have the lowest.

There used to be a stigma attached to mental illness. It was one of those deep, dark secrets that no one talked about because they didn’t want anyone to know their struggles. That’s not the case today. Millions of people openly and honestly talk about their mental illness and share their stories with others to inspire them not to suffer in silence. The world has become a safer place for those who are affected with mental illness to reach out and find the hope and support they so desperately need. Celebrities have done wonders for raising awareness about mental illness. Several well-known musicians and actors have openly discussed their struggles with their fans and have given other sufferers hope that they are not alone.

If you happen to see someone with a semicolon tattoo, chances are that person struggles with mental illness. However, these people do not want to be viewed as victims, as these tattoos are not brands of shame. Instead, they are badges of courage and symbols of strength that they choose to continue their sentence instead of ending it – and the promise to themselves that their stories are not over.

Here’s a creative and dainty take on the traditional tattoo – a dragonfly. Traditionally, dragonfly tattoos mean transformation and freedom – both things we all need to continue our stories and make the best of them.

 

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