30 Semicolon Tattoos That Are Simple but Super Meaningful

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While a tattoo can be as important or frivolous as you want it to be, getting a meaningful piece of ink is a great way to honor something or someone that means a lot to you. Plus, a design with meaning adds another layer of personalization to your tattoo, making it a genuinely unique design no matter how popular the symbol. And considering a tattoo will be with you forever (or until you remove it), getting a meaningful one means that you’ll enjoy being reminded of what it represents every time you look at it, rather than irritated.

One popular tattoo design with a lot of meaning behind it is the semicolon. In the context of grammar, a semicolon is used to combine two complete sentences that are related. In other words, a semicolon means that the thought is not quite over even though the sentence is—there’s still more to come. That sentiment is the idea behind Project Semicolon, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness, self-harm, suicide, and addiction.

While you don’t have to get a semicolon tattoo because of its meaning, those who get the tattoo usually do so to honor someone—whether that’s a friend, a relative, or themselves—or to raise awareness of mental illness, suicide, addiction, or self-harm. A semicolon tattoo is more than just a visual representation; they’re often a conversation starter, meaning you can bring awareness to the cause while rocking your cool tat.

The semicolon’s flexibility as a design has made the symbol a popular tattoo choice, and it has led to tons of beautifully customized pieces of ink. If you’re considering getting a semicolon tattoo, here are more than two dozen ideas for how to personalize the design and make it even more meaningful.

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Butterfly

This design utilizes a semicolon as the body of a butterfly, with wings attached. The symbolic message offers a lesson on beginnings, ends, and new life.

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Miniscule

This dainty design offers the subtlest nod at the trend. Placement on the wrist is traditional for semicolon tattoos, making this one a classic.

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Heart

This style puts a sweet twist on the traditional semicolon, pairing a heart with a comma beneath. This offers extra symbolism for those who get the art in honor of a loved one.

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Classic

Placement on the wrist and black ink make this a classic take on semicolon art.

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Floral

This tattoo places the semicolon within a two-strand floral wreath. It's proof that you can pair semicolons with other designs for an extra twist.

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Diamond

A semicolon gets topped with a diminutive diamond in this design. You could do a similar take on the look with a number of other shapes—a heart, a star...whatever you fancy.

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Feather

This multicolored feather is anchored by a bold black semicolon. The symbol can be integrated into a variety of other designs.

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Sun

A subtle sun design takes the place of the traditional period in this semicolon design. The sun adds the extra symbolism of dawn and new beginnings.

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Three-Leaf Clover

The luck of the Irish meets the symbolism of the semicolon with this unique take. Here, the semicolon is found within a three-leaf clover.

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Brush Strokes

This bold style eschews a standard dot and comma for a wide, brush-stroke-like take on the trend. It looks great in black but could work with a wide variety of other hues, as well.

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Back of the Neck

The back of the neck is a prime spot for a tattoo like this one, where the symbolism is only noticeable when your hair is worn a certain way.

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Purple and Blue

The stunning, ombré-like shades of purple and blue add a fun hint of personality to this semicolon art.

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Flower Branch

Why settle for one design when you could have two you love? This style features both a striking floral brand and a semicolon—so you get the best of both worlds.

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Multicolored

This strip of color is bold and beautiful, with blues and deep greens throughout. The semicolon offers the juxtaposition of bright white.

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Rainbow

This series of rainbow dots are both striking and symbolic, with each grammatical nod offering a different point of view.

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Mickey Mouse

Leave it to Mickey to bring positivity to an already impactful symbol. This design pairs the fun of Disney's favorite mouse with a tie-dye-like medley of colors.

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Arrow

This design offers a double meaning: the semicolon to raise awareness for suicide prevention, and an arrow to represent that the wearer will continue on.

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Mermaid

A truly unique take on the semicolon, this style features twin mermaids comprising the symbol. The colors and bold design make this one a showstopper.

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Warrior

Here, the semicolon stands in for an "i" in the word "warrior." The message and the symbol signify remaining steadfast against opposition.

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Sunflower

At first glance, this simple design appears to be nothing more than a sunflower. But upon further inspection, you'll notice a semicolon takes residence within the flower's stem.

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Abstract Butterfly

Butterflies are a popular semicolon design, but we like how this one is done in simple black ink, with the added twist of an abstract shape.

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Beating Heart

A beating heart tops a semicolon here for a "heartfelt" take on the trend. You could pair nearly any clip art with a semicolon, though the heart makes it extra symbolic.

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Paint Splatter

This paint splatter design draws extra attention to the semicolon and allows the wearer to rock all their favorite hues of the rainbow.

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Earth and Asteroid

This Big Bang-themed design sees a dinosaur-laden Earth colliding with an asteroid. Together, the shapes mimic a semicolon but with a fun, cartoonish twist.

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Thin Line

This simple and elegant take on the look utilizes just two thin lines. But the varying colors (red and black) offer a complementary and more impactful design.

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Flock of Birds

Here, the top of the semicolon breaks off into a flock of birds. The message is one of freedom and continuation.

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Heart Monitor

A heart monitor line intersects with a semi-colon for this unique take on the design. This would also work with a soundwave (just take a soundwave clip from your favorite song and weave it into a similar design).

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Cat

Here, a semicolon gets topped with a tiny cat head (perfect for cat-lovers, but it could be recreated with another shape, depending on your interests).

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Brave

What better way to portray strength than to spell it out? This tattoo consists of an all-lowercase "brave." And rather than ending with a period, it ends with a semicolon, to suggest the bravery has only just begun.

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Sentence Fragment

Some of the more touching designs are those that utilize the semicolon at the end of a sentence to signify—as this design does—that your story isn't over.

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