Do you ever spend way too much time think­ing about what tat­too you would get, if you had to? You would nev­er actu­al­ly get a tat­too, obvi­ous­ly, because the fear of wak­ing up and regret­ting it is much too great (“Why did I think this Goo Goo Dolls tat­too was a good idea?!?!” etc.…), but what if, after a crisp fall night of too many PSL’s and those weird can­dy corn fla­vored white choco­late can­dies you just, like, woke up with one?

I would def­i­nite­ly want a Kurt Von­negut quote tat­too! And if you spend as much time as I do on lit­er­ary tat­too blogs like this one or this one, you might roll your eyes at the ubiq­ui­ty of a sweet KV tat­too. Ok. so, there are pages and pages of “so it goes” tat­toos and .…um.…..asterisk.…. tat­toos and many more of his most famous quotes,

 

but I think their pop­u­lar­i­ty speaks less to uno­rig­i­nal­i­ty and more to Vonnegut’s unmatched abil­i­ty to con­dense the absur­di­ties and tragedies of life  to sim­ple, beau­ti­ful­ly writ­ten prose.

 

Kurt Von­negut is often pegged as a writer whose cyn­i­cism is main­ly appeal­ing to dis­af­fect­ed youth. I think his fans know though, that his cyn­i­cal nature went hand in hand with a sen­ti­men­tal­i­ty and  faith in kind­ness that keeps his sto­ries cau­tion­ary tales instead of caus­tic pre­dic­tions.

 

So let’s say you woke up one morn­ing decid­ing to get a KV tat­too (and per­haps a bit unstuck in time)– great! You have so many won­der­ful options to show what a wry, spe­cial snowflake you are! Whether you go with his often repeat­ed advice from the good uncle Alex above, a stack of your favorite incred­i­bly re-read­able nov­els, Eliot Rosewater’s num­ber one rule “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind!”, or even the flip mean­ing of life quote from the top of the page,  you’ll be high­light­ing the work of a fan­tas­tic and influ­en­tial writer.

 

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