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A s trendy as tattoos are, they still carry the scent of the outlaw -- the accumulated outsiderhood of generations of inked bikers, sailors, and convicts. And that scent is particularly strong in Massachusetts, where tattooing has been against the law for 37 years.

As merger after merger takes place in the media industry, the power to control our flow of information gets concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, so the idea that such mergers might actually be a bad thing just isn't brought up.

For an hour every Friday night on Nashville cable, "The Slime Show's" hosts, the Bat Poet and his shape-shifting partner Bad Boy Breeze, trample their muddy feet on every comfort that television offers.

Also, the kokopelli's popularity, progress as compulsion, the noble aims of art, and more.

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Letters at 3AM [6]
Is "progress" an unconscious compulsion?
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Art That Moves Our Stomachs [7]
Good artists do more than shock. They bring out insight in unexpected places, and show the innate beauty in objects that we dismiss as being gross or offensive.
— Captain Opinion, WEEKLY ALIBI
Wedding Album [8]
When it's OK to bring kids to a wedding.
— Margaret Renkl, NASHVILLE SCENE
Born Again [9]
Some jobs turn out to be more complicated than expected -- but in the case of one church, the expense was worth it.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
What a Concept [10]
DaimlerChrysler debuts three new concepts at Miami auto show.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE

Volume III, Issue 17
October 18 - October 25, 1999  

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Pushing Ink [2]
In Massachusetts, tattoo parlors are illegal, but the Bay State tattoo underground is in full swing -- just below the surface.
— Camille Dodero, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Our Dubious Times [3]
Corporate media giants cause journalism to become less competitive.
Wings of Desire [4]
Who is the Bat Poet, and what does he want? He's the host of Nashville community-access TV's most popular show, "The Slime Show" -- and he wants to rock your world.
Cuckoo For Kokopelli [5]
What's behind the flute player's notoriety?

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds and Ends [11]
Time-released news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Mr. Smarty Pants [12]
Close encounters of the illegal kind.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Now What? [13]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.

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