Goodbye Blue Monday

Literary Tattoos: Kurt Vonnegut Illustrations Goodbye Blue Monday Breakfast of Champions

This is Tim‘s.

Literary Tattoos: Kurt Vonnegut Illustrations Goodbye Blue Monday Breakfast of Champions

This one belongs to Liberty.

 I thought it was a nice way to commemorate my favorite author.

Literary Tattoos: Kurt Vonnegut Illustrations Goodbye Blue Monday Breakfast of Champions

This is Liam’s.

while breakfast of champions is not my favorite vonnegut book, it is the first book that made me love reading. i was 15 and after every page i kept thinking, “i never knew books could be like this.” i read every single vonnegut book after that.

Literary Tattoos: Kurt Vonnegut Illustrations Goodbye Blue Monday Breakfast of Champions

This belongs to Joe.

Vonnegut was the first author that I ever felt a connection with and for a myriad of reasons I wanted a sketch of his to be my first tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: Kurt Vonnegut Illustrations Goodbye Blue Monday Breakfast of Champions

This one belongs to Kaylie.

Vonnegut uses the phrase “Goodbye Blue Monday” as a reaction to the absurdities of everyday life. He writes, “The motto of the old Robo-Magic washing machine cleverly confused two separate ideas people had about Monday. One idea was that women traditionally did their laundry on Monday. Monday was simply washday, and not an especially depressing day on that account. People who had horrible jobs during the week used to call Monday ‘Blue Monday’ sometimes, though, because they hated to return to work after a day of rest. When Fred T. Barry made up the Robo-Magic motto as a young man, he pretended that Monday was called ‘Blue Monday’ because doing laundry disgusted and exhausted women. The Robo-Magic was going to cheer them up. It wasn’t true, incidentally, that most women did their laundry on Monday at the time the Robo-Magic was invented. They did it any time they felt like it.”

With the invention of the Robo-Magic washing machine, women could finally say goodbye to their blue Mondays forever. “Off to the bridge club while my Robo-Magic does the wash! GOODBYE, BLUE MONDAY!”

Also in the novel, character Henry LeSabre paints “Goodbye Blue Monday” on the side of a bomb to be dropped on Hamburg, Germany. This corporation uses the slogan to manipulate women, just as our modern society use messages to manipulate us.

“Goodbye Blue Monday” is also the alternate title of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions.