|Slang City Mail|
|September 11, 2003|
Slang of the Week: sleeve
Once little known outside the tattoo world, this word has found its way into rock vocabulary because of the popularity of sleeves among musicians. It’s become typical enough, in fact, that when Colin Farrell made a bid to play rocker Ozzy Osbourne in his movie biography, one insider supported the move by saying “Colin drinks, he smokes, he womanizes. He's just a sleeve tattoo away from being a real rock star.”
Unbelievably, here in Massachusetts, tattooing was illegal until 2001. Of course, before that, people just went over the border to get them in New Hampshire, the same place we still go to get illegal fireworks for the Fourth of July. But since then, tattoo parlors have sprung up all over the state and thousands have gone to get inked (tattooed) at them.
Other typical tattoo words include the obvious tat (tattoo), and gun, but tattoo artist Erick Lynch of Redemption Tattoo in Cambridge assures me that real professionals call it a tattoo machine - so beware of the shop that offers to shoot you!
For illustrations of some truly spectacular tattoo sleeves, check out Redemption Tattoo’s website at www.redemptiontattoo.com.
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