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Hangout Music Fest: Show us your tatts

12:11 AM, May. 20, 2012

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Got faith? Some folks are never without it. / Kaycee Lagarde/


There's no better place to rock your tattoo than a summer beach festival packed with people more naked than not.

With an abundance of skin on display, the tatts were out in force today at Hangout Music Festival.

Brad Box, a 24-year-old from Destin, has several scattered across his upper body, but his favorite is on his neck. It looks like a pink lipstick mark from a recent kiss.

"People don't see it, or they think it's a real kiss mark," Box said with a grin. "People stop and talk to me all the time."

Michelle Boyce, 26, of Daphne, Ala., got a fun but meaningful tattoo on the side of her stomach - the sheet music to the song that gave her her name.

"This is 'Michelle' by the Beatles," Boyce said. "It was the song I was named after. And I grew up listening to the Beatles, so it had to make its mark on me."

Another music-inspired tattoo was sported by 23-year-old Zach Belfer of Orlando, Fla.

"My tattoo is the symbol on Led Zeppelin's fourth album," Belfer said. "I love Led Zeppelin. I love music and rock and roll - it inspires me to do what I want to do."

But through all the fun tattoos, some tattooed people spotted at Hangout had deep symbolism behind their body art.

Chris Shumaker, 32, of Davenport, Ohio, said that each of his tattoos has its own special meaning. His first tattoo is in memory of a close friend.

"This one I got in 2006 in memory of a friend of mine," said. "At 26 years old, he died of brain cancer."

Shumaker got a tattoo with playing cards and the entry money for the World Series of Poker.

"The last thing he wanted to do was play in the World Series of Poker," he said.

Elisha Sanks got a tattoo of elephants around her calf in honor of her family - one elephant for each member. The 34-year-old from Bay Minette, Ala., said that she got four elephants in a row to represent herself, her mom, dad and younger brother.

"Elephants represent prosperity," Sanks said. "They never forget. I got my brother on the back, because he's always got my back."

Patrick Ramsey, a 21-year-old from Mobile, Ala., got a tattoo across his chest that says "love conquers all" in Latin.

"It doesn't mean something cliche," he said. "What you ultimately want to do is what you'll end up doing. People are driven by what they love."

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