This tattoo was submitted by Amy:
My tattoo is from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, and it says "everything was beautiful and nothing hurt." My friend, whom I've known for 22 of my 25 years, wrote this in her own handwriting for me.I chose Kurt Vonnegut because he is the most inspirational writer I've ever read, and I made it a mission to read everything he's ever written. He is so prolific I think I'll always be finding more and more tidbits of his to read, but after I read all of his novels in chronological order, and then all of his collections of short stories and essays in chronological order (a total of more than 20 books) I decided to celebrate and commemorate my accomplishment with a tattoo.I chose this quote for two reasons: Because it's so iconically Kurt Vonnegut, and because the duality of it is so simple but so meaningful -- it's ironic and pessimistic, or it's straightforward and optimistic, depending on how you read it, or on how you want to read it. It's a stunning example of the whole of Kurt Vonnegut's work.