I’ve been wanting a semicolon tattoo ever since my aunt forwarded me a link to my Facebook account about its significance. This was just several months ago, like weeks after I got the portrait tattoo of Boris.
I had it done by Oben Millares and he said he will refine it for free. I just need to pay for his transportation and some materials. My friend Andrea was impressed by the tattoo he made and wants to be inked by him. When she also read the semicolon tattoo, we made plans of having it inked by Oben and even negotiated how much, etc.
I guess I was extra blessed yesterday because after weeks of struggling with my current episode, I started feeling better yesterday I think because I started taking vitamin supplements which help alleviate depression. I guess it began kicking in because I didn’t feel weighed down when I woke up yesterday just in time for Kink Karnival. I had a great time there but I’d rather not make it public not out of it being kinky or anything but it’s a special memory that deserves to be in my physical journal. Let me just tell you how I got this tattoo for free. The performances were over and the last raffle prizes were being given away. Superstarlet is a friend from way back and was one of the hosts. When the owners of the raffle numbers they drew didn’t appear, she gave the prize to me for being fabulous. The prize was a 2×2 tattoo. So I immediately went to the tattoo booth and had the artist ink me a semicolon.
For those who are not familiar with the meaning behind the semicolon tattoo, here is the story I lifted from their website:
This began in the spring of 2013, when Project Semicolon Founder, Amy Bleuel wanted to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Through the semicolon symbol many related to the struggle of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide and their will to continue on. The title, “Project Semicolon,” also represented a goal – to believe that this is not the end but a new beginning.
As the days passed and the project was developed further, it became clear that this symbol was not just about one person. We heard from people longing to continue their story and live a life that would inspire others to continue on as well.
Over the years Project Semicolon has become much more than just one person honoring a parent. Through musician support and social media, the message of hope and love has reached a big audience in many different countries, more than we could have ever anticipated.
Project Semicolon is honored to be a part of those continuing stories, and to be an inspiration to those who are struggling.
If you or a loved one in the Philippines is struggling from depression and/or having suicidal thoughts, call these hotlines:
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917 558 HOPE (4673)
2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers)