It’s been almost ten years since Selena Gomez first broke onto the scene in Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, but since then, the brunette beauty has collected an impressive amount of tattoos.
The 24-year-old started out relatively tame, getting a simple music note on her right wrist in February 2012. “I was named after a singer [Selena Quintanilla-Pérez] and music obviously is a big influence for me. And there’s music stuff with my mom that means a lot to me too,” she told E! of the ink.
But she’s gotten a bit more bold as she’s added artwork. In 2014, the actress debuted a back tattoo that reads “love yourself first” in Arabic. “[She] already had it written out how she wanted,” tattoo artist Bang Bang revealed. “[It’s] about 4 inches, and didn’t take too long, probably about 30-45 minutes.”
And for her latest project, the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, Selena went under the needle again for a very sentimental reason. The executive producer and two of the show’s stars got matching semicolon tats in honor of Project Semicolon, “a movement dedicated to presenting hope & love to those who struggle with mental illness, suicide, addiction, & self-injury."
As actor Tommy Dorfman explained it, “The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life.”
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Today was a magical day. Another day to be grateful to be alive. Alisha, Selena, and I went together to get ; tattoos. The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life. I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I'd never live past the age of 21. Today I'm grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people. If you're struggling, if you feel suicidal, I urge you to click the link in my bio. Ask for help. Start a new chapter with the support of others. 🌧⛅️🌤☀️and RIP Amy Bleul, who started the semicolon movement.
Selena has opened up about her struggle with anxiety, and how therapy has helped her. “I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting on-stage, or right after leaving the stage,” she told Vogue in March. “[Getting treatment] was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”
Scroll through the gallery below for an in-depth look at Selena’s tattoos!