As a creative and self-admitted artist I find beauty in the meaning behind all forms of art, especially tattoos and the story that they tell, but as a writer I was particularly drawn to the semi-colon tattoo from the moment I saw it. Why a semi-colon? In the world of writing the semi-colon represents a thought that could have ended but the writer decided to keep on going, to push through wanting to finish it and to have the courage to carry it on. And when I read deeper into what is known to the masses as The Semicolon Project I was in awe. Describing themselves as a “movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love and inspire.” This hit home for so many reasons. We have all been in a darker place than we would like to admit at one point or another in our lives. Life isn’t easy and it certainly is not always a vase of three dozen long stem roses. This applies to everything. From surface reasonings to much deeper raw emotions. But what The Semi-Colon Project stands for hit home for me because of how strongly I feel about spreading the love, not provoking the hate. And in the world that we live in today that can be a very, very, very difficult mentality to stay present in.
Initially this movement started as ONE DAY where people would draw a semi-colon on themselves to represent mutual support and love to those hurting, to reflect an unconditional empathy and to encourage hope but it quickly grew into something much bigger. Luckily for us GG’s the new hot spot the Book Of Life Tattoo shop in Byram offers semi-colon tats for just $45. And help give a little sign of hope to those who may just need to see it to believe it.
Alex Delev, founder and owner of BOLT, describes her vision of combining an art gallery and a tattoo shop in one very articulately in her Greenwich Time feature Delev said, “Tattoos aren’t just tattoos, they’re works of art, so to do this with an art gallery is a pretty cool concept.” And she is so right. Wait until you pop into this unique awesome spot – you won’t want to leave.
BOOK OF LIFE TATTOO SHOP
251 Mill Street