As a young punk kid in high school I knew that I would get a tattoo shortly after turning 21 (the legal age in Chicago at the time), but the nerd in me knew that this was a decision that could not be taken lightly. So I thought for hours and hours about what the choice would eventually be, as I made countless doodles in my notebooks instead of paying attention to the teachers. Sure, I regret getting a C in physics due to my tattoo obsession, but those hours of contemplation are what led me to my beloved Kurt Vonnegut tattoo.
I first discovered Vonnegut by reading his short story Harrison Bergeron in one of my English textbooks (we did not actually read the story in class, I was just such a nerd that I read all the other stories in the book as well), and from that point on I was hooked. Quickly I devoured every piece of Vonnegut's work that I could get my hands on. As a pacifistic kid that had always found far more questions than answers from religion, the black humor and satire found in Vonnegut's view of the world was a treat. Sirens of Titan was a particular favorite of mine. Like much of his work it dealt with the absurdities of life and our inability to control much of what happens to us. Instead of being distraught by this, Vonnegut suggests that we find a way to carry on, as delivered by the character Malachi Constant: "A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved."
We hope you enjoyed this spotlight on one of my favorite writers of all time, Kurt Vonnegut. Do you have a Vonnegut tattoo of your own? Please upload it to the Tattoodo app with the tag #Vonnegut. We'll leave you with the man's own philosophy wrapped up in one little quote.