The Sirens of Titan

Literary Tattoos: The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut

This tattoo belongs to Saoirse:

This is my Kurt Vonnegut tattoo, which I just got yesterday. It’s taken from ‘The Sirens of Titan‘ which, not only quickly became my favourite book when I first read it, but also introduced me to Vonnegut’s work. The section where Unk/Malachi and Boaz are stranded on Mercury really touched me, especially Boaz’s refusal to leave and the notion that home is not a place, but an internal state of being. I travel a lot, and after this year I probably won’t be back in my home country for a really long time. I got this tattoo to remind myself and my loved ones that they are my home, and in loving them I will always be “home”. Having said that, my mum freaked out completely when she saw it. I guess she didn’t grasp the sentiment.

I found me a place where I can do good without doing any harm, and I can see I’m doing good, and them I’m doing good for know I’m doing it, and they love me, Unk, as best they can. I found me a home.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

Vonnegut Collage

It’s Saturday, and since you’ve all established exactly how much you enjoy So it Goes Saturdays, I’m going to take a break from that and post something a little different.  This dedicated fan has 9 tattoos from various Vonnegut works.

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