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2015 ELM STREET MUSIC & TATTOO FESTIVAL

By Tristan Miller and Ryan Javier

ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Tristan Miller
ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Tristan Miller

Dallas, TX – The day was glazed with the opportunities that would be conjured in Deep Ellum as the 2015 Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival commenced. Rich voices beckoned from far and wide while the city was in harvest for artistic genius.  This year’s festival was held at three of Deep Ellum’s landmarks: Three Links, Trees and The Bomb Factory beginning on Thursday, November 12th and ran through Sunday the 15th.

ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Tristan Miller
ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Tristan Miller

Over twenty bands performed throughout the four days, playing concurrently at each of the venues.  The audiences could do nothing less than indulge their hunger with what awaited them. The buildings absorbed the vibrations of the feet that paced along side them – preparing for the passionate choruses that could crumble them down to their foundations.

The dark and sleek atmosphere of The Bomb Factory attracted crowds with an essence of enthusiasm for original ink. A droning of needles resonated throughout the venue, calling the courageous to their presence.

Bravery abounded as dozens of ticket holders anxiously waited for their opportunity. The faces of costumers burned with contentment while skilled artisans exquisitely etched their skin with glory.

ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Tristan Miller
ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Tristan Miller

Crowds of participants swarmed the floor with anticipation. As the day turned into night, the live music began, breaking through the darkness in a veracity of finesse. The faces of the people, who were glued against the barricades, were light as though they were gifted with a sense of enlightenment. There were no boundaries to the extent of fierceness that kept the crowd alive.

ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Ryan Javier
ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Ryan Javier

On Saturday evening, Three Links introduced yet another form of originality to the Elm Street Festival: a punk rock karaoke show and an assortment of smashing individuals, who were anxious for their turn at the mic.

The bursting voices at the bar crafted an artifice that allowed people the courage to steal the stage. Streaming lights hovered above their fellow friends like little balls of fire that reciprocated their passionate cries. Voices of the loyal volunteers echoed within the walls of Three Links: soothing and encouraging the voluptuous minds that congregated amongst the bar.

ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Ryan Javier
ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Ryan Javier

Again, seas of people traveled back towards The Bomb Factory, for the Riverboat Gamblers attracted a preeminent crowd that created a gravitational pull towards the main stage. There was an animation that enthralled the hearts of everyone while the lead singer journeyed throughout the whole stage – keeping the crowd on their toes. His fearless personality took him from standing on the front speaker of the stage to jumping off the far left speaker on side stage. By the end of their performance, the whole crowd was weary from the physical exertion of the band, but more than satisfied with their performance.

ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Tristan Miller
ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Tristan Miller

There the night fell with the subtle car lights and the trooping groups of people, ready to return to their homes. The duration of the Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival had cured the souls of many, who were seeking yet another weekend of pure satisfaction. Many costumers were pleased with their new tattoos that burned with a radiance of delight. And there the night was released beneath the tall city buildings – a humble ending, but not goodbye.

For more information, visit the Elm Street Tattoo and Music Fest online. If you attended this year’s festival, be sure to tag your photos #elmstfest and tweet @elmstfest. let ’em know you had a great time!

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ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Ryan Javier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ELM ST TATTOO & MUSIC FEST photo by Ryan Javier

 

Ryan Javier
Co-Editor and photojournalist for Infrared Magazine
http://infraredmag.com/
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