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Tattoo shop raising funds with semicolon tattoos

Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 18:47:15-04

A Claremore tattoo shop is working overtime to help raise funds and awareness for National Suicide Prevention Week by giving out semicolon tattoos. 

John Deheer is no stranger to tattoos. While his latest one is small, it is packed with meaning for him.

"It was Thanksgiving morning. He woke up, went to the basement and hung himself," he said.

Deheer said a close friend killed himself after suffering medical problems. It was a suicide that impacted his life and those around him. At Secret Ink Tattoos in Claremore, Deheer got a semicolon tattoo on his left wrist. The message– like the punctuation– means the story is not over.

"It's sad, you know? Some people find they have no way out and it's a dead-end road for them," Deheer said.

Secret Ink owner and tattoo artist Richard Wallace said he's glad to use his skills to raise awareness and give back to the community.

"It's just the way we all need to come together and not be so fast to judge everyone else," Wallace said. "It's a great little reminder. A great little conversation starter."

Secret Ink extended its hours Thursday, staying open until midnight giving away the tattoos for $20. Wallace said the proceeds are going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

If you or someone you know are dealing with thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1 (800) 273-8255.

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