How to Be a Juggalo

Fans of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse call themselves "juggalos"; here are the basic requirements to join their ranks.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Know the mythology behind the music: the Insane Clown Posse's 6 concept albums are each based on a different character that represents 6 evil human traits, and those evil-doers are at the "Dark Carnival," a kind of purgatory. In the last album in the series, ICP reveals that the Dark Carnival is God, and the band urges the juggalos to find God themselves.
  • TIP: Juggalos describe their culture as family-oriented and sign their e-mails "MCL" for "much clown love."
  • Step 2: Attend the annual music festival known as The Gathering of the Juggalos, which takes place every summer. Known as "the biggest family reunion on the planet" for the "most misunderstood people of all time," it's mandatory for anyone who considers themselves a true juggalo.
  • FACT: The word "juggalo" was coined during an ICP concert, when Violent J was rapping a song called "The Juggla," and changed it to juggalo.
  • TIP: Consider covering your car seats with towels or sheets of plastic before an ICP concert so they don't get sticky on the drive home.
  • Step 3: Expect to be doused in Faygo, a brand of soda from the band's hometown of Detroit, when you attend ICP concerts. The band sprays hundreds of liters of it at their fans during shows.
  • TIP: Refer to your juggalo standing as being "down," as in "I've been down with the Clowns for 10 years now."
  • Step 4: Get face paint. Many juggalos attend ICP concerts with their faces painted to look just like the wicked clown alter egos of the band duo, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. And memorize every song's lyrics: juggalos sing along with the band and yell "whoop, whoop!" instead of clapping.
  • Step 5: Buy lots of ICP paraphernalia; every self-respecting juggalo has a large collection of merchandise bearing the band's logo -- a dreadlocked man running with a hatchet.
  • Step 6: Consider yourself an outcast. Juggalos -- or juggalettes, as female juggalos are known -- identify with the band's outsider status because the Insane Clown Posse has largely been either ignored or mocked by the mainstream music industry.

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