Overheard at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014: The Best Quotations

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Nate "Igor" Smith
By Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes

Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio. While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did make the experience seem less like being on another planet, there was still an overabundance of hilarious and strange things happening at all times.

Here are the best overheard quotations from the the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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Bare-Knuckle Boxing at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Nebraska, a personable and modest 22-year-old dishwasher from Lincoln, Nebraska, takes a punch.
As our nation's culture and economy continues to deteriorate, more and more people are taking an interest in watching people beat the shit out of each other. While, under normal circumstances, these events are highly promoted and take place in giant arenas after two opponents carefully train, there is still a place where brawls remain brutal, honorable and organized.


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Ten Reasons Juggalos Are Better Than You

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Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith

Life sucks. There is a multitude of reasons why, and no one has come to terms with this inescapable truth better than juggalos. Zen masters of nihilism and partying, they have become unquestionable experts at finding creative ways to cope with the unrelenting pain of reality.

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The 20 Best-Dressed Juggalos at the Gathering

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All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
Clearly, this man takes top honors

Juggalo fashion generally involves great big pants and T-shirts that were possibly purchased at truck stops. Hair is best when it is braided and aloft in the style of Coolio, and everything looks better coated in a thin layer of sticky-delicious Faygo, of course.



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The Gathering of the Juggalos' Night Court Helps Wicked Clowns Bury the Hatchet (NSFW)

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Nate "Igor" Smith
A young juggalo faces the punishment for his crimes.

Those in the outside world tend to view the Gathering of the Juggalos as a lawless festival of debauchery, with apparently violent clowns -- "gang members," even, if you ask the U.S. government -- running rampant and chaos ruling the day.

In actuality, this notion is far from the truth. Juggalos in attendance not only consistently treat one another with respect, but even have an institutionalized arbiter of disputes for when conflict does arise.

Have an issue with a fellow juggalo? Take them to Juggalo Night Court.

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Ten Changes to the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos After Its Move from Illinois to Ohio

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Nate "Igor" Smith

By Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes

After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos moves this year to Legend Valley Campground in Thornville, Ohio.


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We Talked to the Cops at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Juggalos on Wednesday

By Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes

What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.

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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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