permanent dirt

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Originated as a slang term in tattoo and piercing parlours in Californian counter culture but has gained traction in mainstream society and other areas.


permanent dirt (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial) A tattoo
  2. (colloquial) Any form of tattoo, piercing, (deliberate) scarring or other body modification that is considered permanent or would take significant effort to remove.
  3. (colloquial) A hair dye or permanent wave that must be allowed to grow out or be reversed by repeating the process, that will not wash out.