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Literary Tattoos: Kurt Vonnegut Cats Cradle

This is Kerstin’s tattoo.

This quote is from Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, and the asterisk-like thing in the middle, is Kurt Vonnegut’s art print version of his drawing of an asshole in Breakfast of Champions, though with how often that symbol appears on the site, I’m sure people know that by now. Cat’s Cradle was the one work of Vonnegut’s that really changed my life. All of them have a little in their own little ways, but this one book completely changed things for me, because it was all about the search for meaning in our lives, to the point where we trick ourselves into seeing things that aren’t there. This had a great resonance with me, and I suggest that everyone read the book.

busy busy busy

Literary Tattoos: Kurt Vonnegut Cats Cradle

Katherine explains her tattoo:

From Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

“Busy, busy, busy is what a Bokononist whispers ‘whenever [he] thinks about how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.’”

It is placed on the foot in reference to boko-maru.

“The boko-maru is a Bokononist ritual for ‘the mingling of awarenesses’. It consists in two people extending their legs, thrusting their arms behind them for support, and putting their bare feet together.”

Cat’s Cradle

Literary Tattoos: Kurt Vonnegut Cats Cradle

“If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.”

- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut