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One of the temporaries (Matt Bevilacqua)

Many a District resident is willing, on petitions and in online comment boxes, to voice support for D.C. voting rights. But does your passion run deep enough to ink it on your skin?

Several score of people gathered in Dupont Circle earlier this evening to prove they would go so far in demonstrating pride for their city. Flag Day in the Flesh saw dozens of die-hards showing off different variations on the D.C. flag permanently gracing their bodies (many more made due with temporary tattoos handed out at the event).

A few local politicos showed up, including Shadow Rep. Mike Panetta and former At-Large D.C. Council candidate Bryan Weaver, both of whom unveiled tattoos of their own last Saturday. Speeches were made, a DJ spun The Smiths and Slayer, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton herself slapped on a temporary, proclaiming “Where else is there to be tonight?” (This story originally referred to Norton as a shadow senator.)

We’ve already told you about some of the less flattering ways to wear the stars and bars. But here are some photos of statehood activists and other concerned citizens who know how to rock it:

All photos by Matt Bevilacqua

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  • Creative

    Many a DC resident probably also know that Ms Norton isn't a shadow senator. In fact she's held the same elected position for like 20 years.

  • Matt Bevilacqua

    Aaaaand that was a silly mistake. Thanks.