So it goes #69, 70, 71

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut Ernest Hemingway So it goes.

This tattoo belongs to Misa and was done at Sacred Tattoo, Auckland New Zealand. Georgia font.

Many year ago, a person who I truly love and admire introduced me to Slaughterhouse-Five. He knew that I often escaped into literature, and thought, “who better to escape with than Vonnegut?” The book, and Vonnegut’s quotes, helped me through some very tough times. And this tattoo is a reminder of just how far I’ve come. It tells me to let things go when I need to, to look forward and smile when I can, and to remember there’s a far bigger picture here than little old me. Somehow, I find that deeply comforting.

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut Ernest Hemingway So it goes.

This belongs to Ed.

This is one that was a loooooong time in the making. From about the first moment the needle hit my skin for my first tattoo I had this one in mind. Years and years and years later I finally got it done. The typewriter itself is based on a classic “Loyal Royal” as used by Hemingway among others. The quote on the paper is obviously Vonnegut. I considered getting Vonnegut’s actual typer incorporated, but after a little research I found that his chosen model was ugly as fuck so I went with the Royal.

I read Slaughterhouse-FiveLiterary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut Ernest Hemingway So it goes. at least once a year and it’s rarely far from my thoughts so it seemed fitting to get it permanently attached to my arm. I hope you like it because I really do.

Literary Tattoos: Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut Ernest Hemingway So it goes.

This belongs to Helga.

This tattoo is the latest out of several I have. My husband nearly died a couple of months ago and everything we have been through together made me think a lot about life and death. I have been reading and re-reading Vonnegut for years and always discovered some new aspects that helped me through when dark days came. This tattoo helps me to remember that I can go on no matter what and that basically world is a terrific place.

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? 71 down, 35 to go.

To hell with luck.

Literary Tattoos: The Old Man & The Sea Ernest Hemingway

This tattoo belongs to Tom.

The tattoo is a quote from the end of Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea” and a quote that I have always loved. My friend Ryan is a tattoo artist, and when I approached him with the idea of surrounding the quote with a rendering of Hemingway’s beard he understood exactly what I was looking for and knocked it out of the park. Obviously the font is a simple typewriter font.

“To hell with luck. I’ll bring the luck with me.”

destroyed but not defeated

Literary Tattoos: The Old Man & The Sea Ernest Hemingway

This is Jarrod’s tattoo.

The quote is from The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. It is part of Santiago’s line, “‘But man is not made for defeat,’ he said. ‘A man can be destroyed but not defeated.’” He says that shortly after the first shark attack. I read that story when I was in the 9th grade. That quote always stuck with me, and has more or less been my motto in life ever since. And, considering I’m now a high school English teacher myself, having a tattoo of my favorite quote from my favorite book by my favorite author seemed somewhat appropriate.