In the song "Fuel my Fire" by L7 it says:
Yeah, my layers are thick
And I got a bad attitude
What does "My layers are thick" mean in this context? Is it another way to say "I've got a thick skin"?
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The way I understand it, the meaning is not totally clear.
My main guess is the same as yours: "thick skin".
However, even though less likely, it may refer to many / thick layers of clothes. A "gangster" may wear a protective layer of clothes - in the idea of bullet proof vests. Also, homeless people (sometimes) wear all clothes the have at the same time, regardless of the temperature outside.
I think it could mean that they are extremely confident, or closely allied to members of their own profession.
For example, they will meet their peers for a drink after a case is closed. Then they will discuss the pros and cons of the case, even if they were in opposition to each other in open court.