So it Goes #93, 94, 95

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut So it goes.

This belongs to Emily T.

The font was somewhat custom, a mix of two or three Microsoft Word fonts.

I’ve read Slaughterhouse-Five countless times over the last few years; it always reads a different way. Each time I get a different insight, a new understanding of the book. There’s too many feelings to express what Vonnegut sums up in three words; So it goes.

“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human.

So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes.”

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut So it goes.

This belongs to Erika.

This is the ‘Slaughterhouse-Five‘ tattoo I got just after graduating from uni. I was introduced to the book in my first week and the repetition of the line throughout it really stuck with me even when many of the others in my class found it an insensitive reaction to the tragedies in the story. Long story short, I had a hard time at uni, I didn’t make friends and slowly got more separated from the ones I did have. At its core I’ve always thought ‘so it goes’ is a lamentation on and an acceptance of the bad, while understanding things were good once and will be good again. I figured it was a fitting goodbye to 4 years that were really hard and I wouldn’t change, but was happy to leave behind.

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut So it goes.

This belongs to Josh.

I just got this yesterday [ed. note: submitted April 2013] and was comparing to other people with the same tattoo. My name is Josh Howell, and I’m a professor in Norfolk, VA! This is on my left arm.

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? 95 down, 11 to go.

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