So it Goes #72, 73, 74

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut So it goes.

This belongs to Katie.

“The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will
exist.”

I had this tattooed on the fifth anniversary of my stepfather’s death, as a memento of him and his time in my life. They’re such incredibly powerful words, a reminder that life will always go on even after our bodies have expired, in the hearts and minds of everyone we touch, a reminder that we are just specks on this earth, infinitesimal, and yet everything to those we love.

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut So it goes.

This belongs to Shawn Lynch.

Favorite literary/Buddhist quote and one I knew I wanted for years.

The font is Kabel and it was done at Rebellious Addiction Tattoo in Gilbert, AZ

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut So it goes.

This belongs to Chloe Anne.

I got this because I think it’s important to remember the conditional nature of being alive at all, and that it’s all so temporary as individual moments, but the idea that it’s totally permanent outside of those individual moments–that you can just look to another one, that it’s a great expanse–is pretty fantastic. Yes, terrible things happen, but not just terrible things have happened, and they won’t always happen.

This was posted as a part of “So it Goes” Saturdays. The phrase “so it goes” appears in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five 106 times. Can you help me collect 106 “so it goes” tattoos? 74 down, 32 to go.

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