The 32 Most Memorable Juggalos From the 2013 Gathering

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Nate "Igor" Smith
For five magical days in August, Cave in Rock, Illinois hosted one of our favorite events, The Gathering of the Juggalos. Our photographer, Nate "Igor" Smith, took thousands of pictures at the Gathering, but some of the folks he captured stood out more than others. There was the naked BBQing Juggalo, the fire-breathing Juggalo, and who can forget the Juggalos selling Adderall to help with everyone's studies. Let's take a walk down recent-memory lane, shall we?

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This Incredible Make-A-Wish Teenager Went to the Gathering of the Juggalos, Got a Lap Dance

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Cody Morin, juggalo and Make-A-Wish recipient.
By Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes

We first heard about 17-year old Cody Morin on our way in to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, site of the 14th-annual Gathering of the Juggalos. After hours spent driving through southern Illinois, we stopped at a restaurant/visitor's lodge in the park to ask for directions, where we learned that there was a kid from the Make-A-Wish foundation staying at a cabin that she rented out to visitors. After a quick phone call to the family, we went out to the cabin and met with the young man, who has a congenital defect in his liver that prevents it from producing one of the enzymes required to do its job properly. His one wish was to meet the members of ICP, his favorite band, and he has traveled over 26 hours from Vermont to make his dream a reality.

Cody's a pretty quiet kid, but like any teenager and self-respecting juggalo, he's also psyched to see some titties.

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This Is What Juggalo Food Looks Like

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One of the true hardships that we face as a nation is the omnipresent problem of being surrounded by booze and stimulating foods. In the comforts of your own home, you may be able to curb your pizza roll addiction into having just a civilized cup of tomato soup. At the Gathering of the Juggalos, you face a different world.

Out here, it's harder than ever to think of your overall health as it becomes more about shoving as much crap into your body before a spray-painted golf cart driven by a man wearing nothing but overalls crashes into you.

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The Weirdest Things We Heard at Gathering of the Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith
by Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes

During the Gathering of the Juggalos, Cave-In Rock, Illinois becomes a sonic disaster zone. Even if you're a rap lover, it's hard to keep your mind sharp with all the noise. But within the cacophony of sounds, a few incredible Juggalo statements were somehow deciphered and recorded by our numbed ears.

The things these people said may not make a ton of sense, but when you are surrounded by a constant thundering bass drum, the maniacal shouting of "whoop, whoop," and the occasional dynamite explosion in the distance . . .you probably wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, either.

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Death at the Gathering of the Juggalos: "Four Dudes That Had Been Sleeping With a Corpse."

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More details about the fatal overdose that took place Friday afternoon at the fourteenth annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, have emerged.

The deceased was a 24-year-old man, according to the coroner, and a source at the scene says his body was found in a tent alongside four others who were sleeping.

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Death at Gathering of the Juggalos Leads to Drug Bridge Closure: Reports

Categories: Juggalo Watch

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Daniel Hill
The now-closed "drug bridge"
[Editor's note: Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois.]

The Gathering of the Juggalos' infamous "drug bridge" is closed today, following reports of a fatal overdose. Ambulances were on the scene at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois around 2 p.m. local time, according to witnesses. The substance involved is believed to be heroin. The person's name and sex is not yet known.

Since the incident, the bridge -- which is basically an open air free-for-all market for recreational drugs -- has been closed for business, with two semi-trucks parked to block its access. There have been numerous reports of overdoses throughout the first few days--according to a police officer we spoke to, there were 10 just yesterday--but none yet fatal.


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10 Must-Have Camping Items When Gathering with Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith
A juggalo photographed on Wednesday, the first day of The Gathering, 2013.
At some point in your life, you may find yourself sitting in a minivan in rural Illinois, stressed out as you wear a metal butcher knife pendant around your neck. Your ankles are covered in mysterious goo and all of your beer is warm. It could only mean one thing - you're at The Gathering of the Juggalos and you're a moron. Not because you decided to go in the first place, but because you didn't put any thought until it an hour before you had to leave. As the RFT is a respected publication devoted to helping mankind, here is a list of the ten things you should and shouldn't bring to The Gathering of the Juggalos.


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18 Animated GIFs of Faygo-Fueled Juggalos and Juggalettes Gone Wild

Categories: Juggalo Watch

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Benjamin Leatherman
Juggalos and Juggalettes gathered for ICP's recent show at the Pepsi Amphitheatre.
Wanna know what happens when you mix hundreds of raucous Juggalos and Juggalettes hyped up on hip-hop with gallons of Faygo and the wicked antics of the Insane Clown Posse? Probably the same sort of wild and sticky that ensued at the Pepsi Amphitheater up in Flagstaff when ICP brought its Mighty Death Pop! tour to the Northern Arizona concert venue recent.

Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, backed by a cadre of evil costumed clowns and other sinister figures deluged a teeming crowd with their trademark soda while blasting out some of their biggest hits, resulting in an epic rager of chaos and movement during ICP's headlining set. There was plenty of energetic moshing, Juggalos/Juggalette hijinks, and other whack activity during the rest of the evening (including during sets by horrorcore hip-hop artist Kung Fu Vampire and the country rappers Moonshine Bandits), which we captured in the following 18 animated GIFs.

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- ICP's Shaggy 2 Dope Speaks: "There's Always Been Juggalos."
- 20 Photos of Arizona Juggalos (And Juggalettes) Just Doing Juggalo Things

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20 Photos of Arizona Juggalos (And Juggalettes) Just Doing Juggalo Things

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All photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Here's how I feel about Juggalos, the Insane Clown Posse's hyper-devoted-fanbase-cum-culture: They definitely aren't a gang, but if I were the FBI, I would probably pretend they were just so I could spend all day at work reading about them.

ICP and their fans were out Flagstaff on Sunday, where our own Benjamin Leatherman didn't even need a badge to infiltrate the dark carnivalgoers. (View the full slideshow here.) Here are 20 photos he managed to get off before a Faygo blast nearly ruined his camera.

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- ICP's Shaggy 2 Dope Speaks: "There's Always Been Juggalos."
- Previously: Insane Clown Posse and an Army of Juggalos at Marquee Theatre

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Insane Clown Posse's Shaggy 2 Dope: "There's Always Been Juggalos"

Categories: Juggalo Watch, Q&A

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Victor Palagano
ICP at the Marquee in 2010.
In 1997, when a heavy, rock-influenced sound and record label meddling gave Insane Clown Posse their first brush with the mainstream, it was hard to imagine Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope remaining relevant in 2003, let alone 2013.

That's because none of us were taking the Juggalos into account. In the 20 years since the release of their first album, Carnival of Carnage, ICP has watched as a devoted fanbase morphed into a closely knit culture and a lifestyle all its own.

ICP is bringing the Mighty Death Pop tour to Flagstaff on June 2; we spoke with Shaggy 2 Dope about surprising old fans, making new fans welcome, and why there were Juggalos long before Juggalos had a name. (We also got an update on the FBI's decision to label the Juggalos a "hybrid gang.")

Insane Clown Posse is scheduled to perform at Pepsi Amphitheater in Flagstaff on June 2.

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