When a person appears to have a tan, but is actually just covered in dirt. It occurs when people go long periods of time without bathing, and mainly effects parts of the body that are exposed would normally get tan (forearms, calves, and face). Hick tans are most common during camping/hiking trips, on people who play muddy/dusty sports such as soccer or baseball, or amongst people who live in the country with a lot of dust and dirt, possibly on farms (AKA hicks….sorry). One may notice that somebody has a hick tan because layers of dirt will be visible, or begin to crack on the surface of their skin. Also, if it rains, or if the person gets wet, they will become significantly whiter since the dirt will run off and because it is impossible to absorb sunlight with a hick tan.
Guy1: Wow. Schoolmate1 got really tan from that backpacking trip.
Guy2: No Guy1, that's just a hick tan. He hasn't bathed since he left for it.
GuyA: Girl1 had such a nice tan until yesterday. I wonder if she spray-tans?
GuyB: It rained yesterday. I'd bet she had a hick tan from working on her field earlier this week.