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Bad tattoos, festival highlights, fashion & more: A look back at 2012 in photos

Photo by Jessica Pages
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2012 has been a jam packed year at Culturemap Austin. We've gone from light pods and bad tattoos, to every festival Austin has to offer. We've narrowed our favorite photos of the year.

In January the Architects of Air made a stop at the Long Center.

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Photo by Jessica Pages
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The 2nd Annual Worst Tattoo in Austin competition brought us some laughs and some head scratches.

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Photo by Jon Shapley
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Celebrating at Carnival Braileiro, the largest indoor carnival in the world.

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Cirque du Soleil let us capture behind the scenes photos and stories of Quidam.

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Every year Zilker Park turns into a kite haven during the annual Kite Festival.

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Photo by Jon Shapley
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The winners of the inaugural CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. Chef David Bull, Chauncy James, Chef Philip Speer, Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart.

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Photo by Jon Shapley
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Hundreds of fans turned out on Friday, April 20 for the unveiling of the Willie Nelson statue at its new home on Willie Nelson Boulevard.

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Getting bigger and better every year SXSW takes the city by storm. 

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Fiona Apple plays her first show outside of LA in five years at Stubbs for SXSW.

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 David Coulthard, Red Bull Formula 1 Racer on Congress Avenue.

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Celebrating emancipation in Texas along MLK, Chicon and Rosewood Avenues at the Juneteenth parade.

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Photo by Jon Shapley
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Friends and community members gathered together for Leslie Fest, in honor of one of Austin's most iconic faces, while raising awareness and funds for Hospice Austin’s Christopher House.

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Photo by Jon Shapley
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Kicking off ACL was CultureMap's Last Band Standing event at The Parish, with Chase Weinacht of Marmalakes.

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Photo by Bill Sallans
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Weezer at ACL. 

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French electronic-pop band M83 at ACL.

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Photo by Caitlin Ryan
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Caitlin Ryan reports from New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Photo by Bill Sallans
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Austin's new favorite festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, brought out all genres of music lovers.

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Mosh pit during Youth of Today at Fun Fun Fun Fest.

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Photo by Jessica Pages
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The Trail of Lights returns to Zilker Park after a two-year hiatus, closing 2012 with beloved Austin tradition.

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