Tattoos are everywhere in real life and in Second Life. Obviously the ones in Second Life are much less permanent than the ones in real life - you can change them to suit your mood or your outfit. You can have a tattoo because you like the design. You can have a tattoo because it means something personal to you. A tattoo could be a special date, a child's name or a symbol that reflects your religious belief.
In Second Life I have worn the same tattoo for a long time - a stylised twisted vine on my spine. Recently I have changed that tattoo. It is still on my back but is much smaller. My tattoo is a semicolon. It may seem like a strange choice, but I have switched from a tattoo I liked the design of to one that means something personal to me.
In real life there is Project Semicolon. The website says that "A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. That author is you and the sentence is your life."
In Second Life I have been a member of the Survivors of Suicide Group for a very long time. Sometimes the group chat can be hard to read. Sometimes it can be very uplifting.
I have struggled with depression and anxiety for about thirty years in real life. I have tried talking therapies, medication, mindfulness and anything else that came my way that offered a way to give me a release. I have been close to suicide on several occasions - the most recent one in December 2015.
I wear my tattoo in Second Life with pride. I have kept going even when the only thing I could think about was giving up.
Details about Project Semicolon can be found here.
Survivors of Suicide can be found in-world here.
- Bailey Saxmundham
- Hi, my name is Bailey and I am an avatar in Second Life. Although my avatar is predominantly female in Second Life, I am a gay male in real life. I choose to be female most of the time and don't see it as a big deal in a virtual world where so many people are furries, werewolves and inanimate objects. It is all fantasy. This blog is about me, the places I go, the clothes I wear, the people I meet, etc.