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Roll 2009
posted: January 6, 2009
Well it's a New Year! Roll up those sleeves. There has been a few constants in the subject matter I've dealt with. One being the rolled up sleeve. A rolled up sleeve usually arrives when fashion takes a backseat to getting down to work. Of course there is the image of a politician with rolled up sleeves, and then we're back to empty fashion. A car sales person rolling up their sleeves , and telling you how " They're goin' ta help ya' "usually means you're going to be bowl-legged in the end. A Customs Officer rolling sleeves is not a good thing either. One can roll up your sleeves consciously, and neatly. There is also the more rushed and less groomed approach. The rolling of sleeves to the mid fore arm is more a management thing. Rolling up to the elbow, or more is real work. The end result is usually a statement about a tone of candor. The rolled up sleeve on different individuals says something unique in it's own way. What the person is wearing, and the back drop is very important in the overall visual statement. A white collar worker rolling sleeves up can feel more staged than a blue collar worker. Then there's the "collar" as subject for another time. The main point is it's 2009! Roll up those sleeves.
7 comments
Peter Cusack January 6, 2009
HA!!! Very funny!! I usually roll up my sleeves. I wear them on the forearm . . . management style. If I need to work really hard I usually just tear my shirt of and do it bear back . . . YEAHHHHH! GRRRRRR!!! Great post.
harry January 6, 2009
Doug, You've given this sleeve thing quite a bit of thought. I roll mine up usually mid forearm, so I guess I'm management, course my biceps are so huge as to inhibit further rollage. I'm always impressed by your work and bet your sleeves are rolled up (all the way up) all the time. great.
Mark Fisher January 6, 2009
I usually roll them up to my arm pit. Good thoughts.
Paul Rogers January 6, 2009
I remember driving back to the studio from a meeting with an art director who wanted me to make some changes to a piece in the days before computers, feeling pissed off because of all the work the changes would require. I stopped at a light where some guys were digging up the street. They had their sleeves rolled up all right, because it was about 120 degrees in the shade. I suddenly felt a lot better. I used to roll my sleeves up to keep them out of the wet paint, now I roll them down to give me a little cushion on the edge of my mousepad. Sad, huh?
Hal Mayforth January 7, 2009
I'll get with the program in June. Right now it's too friggin' cold to do any sort of sleeve rolling. I'm down with the sentiment, though. Nice post, Doug.
Doug Fraser January 7, 2009
For me it's about keeping my sleeves out of the paint as well. I've ruined too many shirts. It can be a look, but.... As for digital work maybe a rolled sleeve icon on the Work/Assignments folder.
David Goldin January 7, 2009
I roll up my sleeves and find that I had wet paint on my hands. But now I'm with Hal... to damn cold to roll anything up. Well almost anything.
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