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Tattoos Inspired by Kafka’s Short Story 'The Metamorphosis'

Tattoos Inspired by Kafka’s Short Story 'The Metamorphosis'

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These tattoo portraits of Franz Kafka and his famous character Gregor Samsa show that it’s completely natural for life to totally suck.

Sometimes bad shit happens for no reason at all. That’s just how the proverbial cookie crumbles. 

One of the reasons that Kafka’s writing is widely celebrated is because it presents the harshness of modern existence through surreal tropes. This aspect of his work has been labeled as Kafkaesque, a term which connotes several things: that life is inexplicably cruel sometimes, strange occurrences produce new forms of expression, and the world is generally more nightmarish than dreamlike. In short, through presenting reality in twisted ways, he authentically captures its relentless, yet beautiful, brutality.

Who hasn’t called in sick to work and ran the risk of being fired or irredeemably disappointed their parents on accident? It’s happened to us all, and this is what makes becoming an invertebrate so relatable. 

To see more darkly themed tattoos — maybe even a few inspired by great works of literature — make sure to browse these artists’ Instagrams. If you’re an avid reader of Kafka’s work, get a portrait of him or Gregor, the renowned sentient cockroach (aside from the ones in Joe’s Apartment and Men in Black), tattooed on your body. There’s no better way to express the nihilism that most of us can’t help but revel in every once in awhile.


Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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