The Twisty Story of my Semicolon Tattoo by Mary Rowen

I once told my brother I’d never get a tattoo. He said never say never. And it was before I found out about the semi-colon tattoo and what it means. Never say never.


In John Irving’s novel Until I Find You (my favorite of his many wonderful works, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute), there’s a passage about a man with a semicolon tattoo. In fact, if you’ve read Until I Find You, you may think of it as Irving’s “tattoo book,” because it includes an incredible amount of information about the art of tattooing, the history of the art, and the various reasons people get tattoos. After reading it, I was certain of one thing: I’d soon be getting some ink.

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