Eve at Revenge of Eve has begun a new series called “What’s Your Favorite?” (#wyf) Please visit her blog to participate! The first question, as you can see from my title, is “What’s your favorite tattoo?”
This is my 4th and most recent tattoo, which is about 3 years old. It spells out, “warr;or,” with a semicolon in place of the “i.” Several years ago I wanted to get a semicolon tattoo for my wrist in support of Project Semicolon, a nonprofit organization that supports suicide prevention and raises awareness.
In grammar, a semicolon is often used when the writer writes a sentence that isn’t quite finished, then uses a semicolon before completing the thought. The semicolon serves as a pause. Project Semicolon adopted this symbol to make people think twice before attempting suicide; and so, many people have had semicolons tattooed on the inside of their wrists.
I was strongly attracted to this idea, and decided to get a semicolon tattoo. Then a friend of mine found the “warr;or” design online (mine isn’t an original), which I liked better. She, apparently, felt that I’m a warrior for battling mental illness, and for having survived several suicide attempts. I guess I agree, but also see myself as a warrior against stigma.
In 2017, Amy Bleuel, Project Semicolon’s founder, lost her battle with mental illness. I’m certain this left a cavity in the organization that can’t be filled. However, Project Semicolon soldiers on, continuing to raise suicide awareness and prevention.
Do you have any tattoos?