Originated with Australian prison inmates who would resist transfers/court appearances by smearing themselves with their own faeces - derived from the analogy of applying 'bronzing' sun tan lotion.
"They smeared themselves with their own waste, but the protest (known in jails as bronzing up) proved futile when they were later told they were not required at court." News.com.au, September 17, 2004.
by Melissa Stanky September 18, 2004
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