The Cast Of 13 Reasons Why Got Matching Tattoos For A Super Important Reason

10 April 2017, 11:50 | Updated: 18 January 2018, 16:31

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

There's a deeper meaning behind their ink.

All those involved in creating what is being called "Netflix's best show in years" undoubtedly feel some sense comradery over the success of their project. 13 Reasons Why is touching millions of viewers around the world and, unsurprisingly, the experience has made the cast a close knit bunch. 

Over the weekend Selena Gomez (the show's Executive Producer) was spotted out with Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) and Tommy Dorfman (Ryan Shaver) getting matching tattoos. These weren't your run-of-the-mill friendship tattoos, however. 

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via Instagram/@tommy.dorfman 

The dynamic trio all got semicolon tattoos on their wrists to show solidarity with the suicide prevention movement, Project Semicolon. Project Semicolon is a mental health organization started by Amy Bleuel that aims to provide support for those who are experiencing thoughts and feelings of suicide, anxiety, and depression. 

The semicolon is supposed to symbolize the fact that "their story isn't over yet". In English punctuation the semicolon signals that something will continue, and that a thought is not yet finished. 

The movement has resonated with young people who have gotten semicolon tattoos in recent years to document their struggle and experiences. Tommy Dorfman said that he previously did not believe he would make it to age 21. 

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via Instagram/@alishaboe 

Alisha and Tommy posted messages about what the tattoos meant to them and urged anyone who was going through a rough patch to seek help. Alisha also posted a tribute to Amy Bleuel, the organization's founder who took her own life earlier this month. 

Strangely enough, when the three finished getting their tattoos, they ran into a 13 Reasons Why billboard outside. 


A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) onApr 9, 2017 at 5:34pm PDT

The show touches on some hugely important issues and it's clear that Hannah Baker's story has moved them all in a permanent way.

You can learn more about project semicolon on their site and read about how to seek help for depression or get involved with the movement.