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35 Empowering Semicolon Tattoos To Carry On The Hope Of Life

A collection of meaningful and deep semicolon tattoos and meanings

Tattoos have always been a way of self-expression. A semicolon tattoo is no exception. From social media to 13 Reasons Why, the popularity of this tiny symbol has exploded worldwide in the last few years. With people getting it inked on their wrists and ankles, the tattoo is more than a hype. 

In this post, we share the stories behind it, along with some of the best of semicolon tattoos designs.

Selena Gomez and the cast of 13 Reasons Why getting a meaning Semicolon tattoo on the wrist - Empowering Semicolon Tattoos To Carry On The Hope Of Life


Meaning of a semicolon tattoo and the stories behind

Grammatically, a semicolon is used between two closely related sentences, creating a space without breaking them apart. And it also means with the choice of ending or continuing, the author chooses the latter.

When it comes to mental health, a semicolon is saying no to suicide or self-harm. It represents the victory of inner battles for people who suffer from depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.

Amy Bleuel and Project Semicolon

Amy Bleuel, the founder of Project Semicolon, is the one who extended the meaning of this punctuation to something more.

Being a victim of childhood abuse, bully and even rape, she had gone through unimaginable pain at an early age.

She lost her father to suicide when she was 18, and it took her years to heal from the pain and doubt about life. 

Meeting her husband was a turning point for her to gain her power back. Taking the meaning behind the symbol, she started Project Semicolon hoping to raise awareness of mental health problems. Though she passed away in 2017, her legacy continues to inspire thousands in the same battle.

Semicolon tattoos, should you or should you not?

Getting a tattoo is a very personal process. The best tattoo design is something that connects with you and represents you on a personal level. 

So is semicolon a good tattoo idea?

There might not be one perfect answer to everyone. But a semicolon tattoo is not exclusive to survivors of self-harm or suicide attempts. It is now, for many, a symbol of self-empowerment and mental strength. 

Every one of us can be, and should be, an advocate of mental health. If a semicolon tattoo or the stories behind it relates to you, it may be a good idea. It will also work as a reminder that we are not alone in this fight. 

And here are some of the best semicolon tattoos for your inspiration. 

Disclaimer: This tattoo collection is for inspiration only. Please do not copy the artwork. If you love these tattoos, follow artists and show them some support.

Meaningful semicolon tattoo ideas

“My story isn’t over yet”

"My story isn't over yet" - A semicolon tattoo by @_jhaiho - Empowering Semicolon Tattoos To Carry On The Hope Of Life -

Via @_jhaiho

The heartbeat semicolon wrist tattoo

The heartbeat semicolon tattoo from @laurenarmstrong186 - Empowering Semicolon Tattoos To Carry On The Hope Of Life -

Via @laurenarmstrong186

“Just breathe” rib cage tattoo

Memory matters – a cute spin on the semicolon punctuation

Minimalist butterfly semicolon tattoo

Minimalist butterfly semicolon tattoo by @maisieellistattoos


Tiny smiley face semicolon tattoo

Smiley face semicolon tattoo by @simya_tattoo


Sun and ocean

Sun and ocean semicolon tattoo by @udith_ink


Semicolon tattoo for cat lovers

Matching semicolon tattoos for music lovers

Matching semicolon tattoos for music lovers by @tattooist_arar


“This too shall pass;”

A semicolon mandala tattoo

The time gear semicolon tattoo

The sunflower semicolon tattoo

Fighter arm tattoo

Symmetrical floral tattoo with the semicolon

Warrior moon phase arm tattoo

Unalome Buddhist tattoo with a semicolon

Realism butterfly semicolon tattoo

Eclipse semicolon tattoo on the ankle

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The Pusheen version of the semicolon

Matching semicolon butterflies

Let it go and let it heal

“Still beating” – small heart semicolon tattoo

Semicolon cross tattoo with the unalome symbol

“Story goes on”

“Still here” – semicolon quote tattoo

Read also: 49 Quote tattoos that are permanent inspirations

Small arrow tattoo

An arrow tattoo with semicolon symbol by @alice.ink_.egypt  - Empowering Semicolon Tattoos To Carry On The Hope Of Life -

Via @alice.ink_.egypt

A floral semicolon wrist tattoo

Disney version of a semicolon tattoo


“You never know how strong you are”

Wolf and crow back tattoo

“Tree of life” semicolon arm tattoo

A behind-the-ear semicolon tattoo

A yin-yang floral semicolon tattoo

Which of these semicolon tattoos is your favorite?

Do you enjoy these semicolon tattoo designs? Which one speaks to you? Tell us in the comment!


Monday 3rd of May 2021

I am thankful I am were I am today in life if it was not for someone watching over me I would be dead 10xs over. I went through hell for 5vyears abused daily,reminded how worthless I was,that nobody but him loved me( not even my parents) he had me mentally brainwashed I cooked,I cleaned, I made sure things got done or I would pay dearly. I was so afraid of this man but I got wise one day and left took my kids and made up some lame excuse about having to take my twin 3 yr old boys to work with me,I out my daughter on the bus and hoped for the best( didn't end that well but let me say this god works in mysterious ways all 4 I'd my babies not so baby anymore 27,17,13,13 are all back together happily).The time I lost custody was a battle to stay clean or continue to use I have been clean since 2015 and I would not change my life for the word. My choice if tattoos would be My story's not over. Or the fighter or warrior one.

Shelby Martin

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

@Kristina, you are incredibly brave, and I can tell you have a strong love that only mother's know. Your story continues, and I pray that the rest of it overflows with many wonderful and happy times ahead.


Thursday 8th of April 2021

Been trying to figure out how much I can take on the subject I am going through my life right now I’m doing my best I have a lot of things that I’m driving my self out of my life is your story


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

I M.positive ill get the warrior no matter how tough this is i just keep fighting im a shoulders was i no it's seems dramitc but it's 100% percent true and I now realuze what my daughter and my sons went through particularly my daughter she was the going reallt going through it my son' as well it's just my daughter was threatening suicide and i didn't ever hear of my son or detect but idk this was years ago they struggled with depressiom anxiety i wasn't always there and I .now fully understand how it felt i want to never go through any of this i felt helpless at this a times we all went through it with my kids but im not feeling helpless now so this is all for my kids Me as well im fighting through it and I feel like talking whold wodid with struggling i want to help i no the pain tha agony the feeling alone hopeless no where to turn feeling as if your nothing worthless far ugly lazy see i go through mental abuse from relationship a man'a abuse put me in a place I was in mental Sinai was rrobotic almost did everything for him i didn't take of myself or my kids right cuz he' was in cojtrol of my actions thoughts feelings I swear to you i get sick somstones to my stomach cuz now im healing and I gotta feel all the torture he did to me and children and its baffling how it happened he stalked me made me a slave basically I wasn't aware i was used i was so young at first 21 he was 40 i spent 18 years in a fog cuz imtop that i used drugs i festive guilt hurt and neglect i done and what he did best part of that I still love and live with my abusive bf my kids aren't aware of my pain and I can't explain it now im just an addict to them and im crazy cuz he's done instilled all these hateful liesin thrm about there mom me since thst were Oid enuff to understand it i have to fight for these kids and my myself to get through it im working on myself more and more everyday struggling bad but I am refreshed on the days I mo I've put up a good fight against him cuz he's still doing it but idk if he's slowed down or im fighting better he's a either sociopathic narsisist I've looked it up its all his behaviori therefore I've come to terms he is so I learned how they manipulate us andwork on us and watch what we nobody laugange and most of all work in is daily to break us down mentally til weare weak and feel like he's only one around to talk to but he's only picking yours words apart to make you confused to argue intimidate you eventually your in a argument about something is irrelevant its abuse cxuz you deel with this everyday and after years of its yur worthless

Shelby Martin

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

@Nadine, you deserve more. You are worthy of love, you deserve happiness, and you are enough. I pray you find peace in life and that you and your kids can repair your relationships and get to a better place together. One day at a time... one step at a time... you can do anything you set your mind to. Life is too short, I hope you see this and that you're doing well.

Stephanie beard

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

The one behind the ear think I will get one there