I feel as though there are two main perception of tattoos – they’re either considered fantastic, or they’re seen as negative. I for one don’t understand why individuals feel the need to judge others for doing what they please with their own bodies, but unfortunately that is the way society seems to work.

Personally, I have a certain admiration for and of tattoos. I think they can be absolutely incredible and artistic, and I would love to get one. I have wanted to get a tattoo for a couple of years now, except I can’t seem to decide on what I want, or where I would want it.

If I ever do decide to buck up and get a tattoo, I am fairly certain it would be a semi-colon. There semi-colon movement has gained a lot of popularity of recent years, and for anyone who is unfamiliar with the concept, a semi-colon can be seen as symbolic of mental health. A semi-colon is used grammatically to extend or prolong a sentence, as opposed to using a period, which concludes a sentence. The idea is that the semi-colon represents perseverance when a period could have been used, communicating the idea that it was chosen to keep going and not to give up.

I think the semi-colon movement is an effective way to advocate mental health awareness. One thing I like about the movement in particular is that the one symbol can represent so many different components of mental health. For me, it represents not succumbing to my former eating disorder or my anxiety.

I know a lot of people with tattoos, and I think it is so fascinating that the possibility exists to have something with meaning permanently etched onto your body. I’m not talking about tramp stamps or poorly made, alcohol-induced decisions, either. Tattoos are, in my opinion, pieces of art, and I think it would be pretty challenging to come up with an idea for a tattoo that couldn’t be done. They are limitless and entirely versatile and subjective to an individual.

If you have tattoos you are proud of and want to share, post a photo in the comment section below!

Thanks for reading. :)

– Lauren

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