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Screwed, blued, and tattooed

Posted by RRC on October 27, 2006

In Reply to: Screwed, blued, and tattooed posted by rebecca on October 27, 2006

: what does: screwed, blued, and tattooed
: mean? obviously, I know "screwed" and "tattooed,"
: but what is "blued?"

I don't know for sure but some possibilities:
Dressed in a naval uniform is one possibility especially since not long ago tattooing was mostly associated with sailors. Since the phrase means something along the lines of completely and thoroughly put through some process, this follows the process of becoming a full-fledged sailor -- have sex before going off to sea, get dressed in a uniform and then you get a tattoo.

Dosed with amobarbital sodium (blue, blue angel) which is a sedative (and a truth serum) possibly as part of being shang-hai'd in a brothel which could lead to the tattooing.

Dipped in laundry bluing (a blue solution used to counteract white fabrics turning yellow after repeated washings) doesn't make much sense.