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Insane Clown Posse perform in a 2007 concert to their fans, known as Juggalos.

Juggalo or Juggalette (the latter being feminine) is a name given to fans of Insane Clown Posse or any other Psychopathic Records hip hop group. Juggalos have developed their own idioms, slang and characteristics.[1]



The term originated during a live performance by Insane Clown Posse. During the song "The Juggla", Joseph Bruce addressed the audience as Juggalos, and the positive response resulted in Bruce and Joseph Utsler using the word thereafter to refer to themselves and their friends, family, and fans, including other Psychopathic Records artists.[2] Juggalos have compared themselves to a family.[3][4] Common characteristics include drinking the inexpensive soft drink Faygo and wearing face paint.[3] They view the lyrics of Psychopathic Records artists which are often violent in nature, as a catharsis for aggression.[5][6] Several well known figures have identified as Juggalos. These include actor Kane Hodder,[7] professional wrestlers Kazushige Nosawa[8] and Vampiro,[9] and rappers Chuck D,[10] Kung Fu Vampire,[11] MURS,[12] and Vanilla Ice.[13]

Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records have stated that there is no true definition of a Juggalo. In a press release from Insane Clown Posse, they say "there are no requirements to being a Juggalo. We don't care if you spend a dime on merch, or if you know the words to every song. If this music touches you, and you get some positive experience from it, we would be honored to have you consider yourself a Juggalo."[14] In a 2005 interview, Joseph Utsler explained, "you could be a Juggalo and not even listen to ICP. A Juggalo is a frame of mind and what not. And I was a Juggalo before we started with ICP. [...] You don't even have to fuckin' necessarily listen to [Psychopathic Records] to be a Juggalo. Juggalos are Juggalos."[15]

The Gathering of the Juggalos

The Gathering of the Juggalos is an annual event for the Juggalo Family put on by Psychopathic Records first staged in July 2000.[16] Described by Bruce as a "Juggalo Woodstock", the Gathering of the Juggalos spans four days, and includes concerts, wrestling, games, contests, autograph sessions, and seminars with artists.[16] The 2000 Gathering featured Kottonmouth Kings, Project Born, and Vampiro, who both wrestled and performed.[16] The second Gathering of the Juggalos was held from July 13–July 15, 2001 at the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio.[16] The event featured the same activities as the first Gathering of the Juggalos, as well as guests such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Vanilla Ice, and Three 6 Mafia.[16]

After 2002, the Gathering became an outdoor event, and was held at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park for a number of years. Following the 2005 Gathering, Quarry Park owner Evan Kelley stated that the grounds would no longer host the event. Kelly has said: "Psychopathic Records broke some of the rules set down for the 2005 event, including blasting music all night long", and: "Drugs, alcohol, nudity, profanity and trash also became serious problems."[17] The 2008 Gathering of the Juggalos was filmed by Psychopathic Video. The documentary, entitled A Family Underground, was released on May 12, 2009.[18][19][20]

Public perception and media coverage

Authorities have classified Juggalos as a gang in Utah,[21] Arizona,[4] Monroe County, Pennsylvania[22][23] and Modesto, California.[24] Juggalos have denied any connection to gang activity.[4] There have been numerous incidents of fans committing violent acts, though there is no independent evidence linking music with violence or crime.[25]

Some students are prohibited from wearing Insane Clown Posse paraphernalia while at school.[26] In Waterbury, Connecticut, several high school students were sent home for wearing Psychopathic Records clothing.[27] The following week, they were given approval to continue wearing the clothing, stipulating that juggalos work to ease tensions with other students.[28]

As the public face of the Juggalo subculture, Psychopathic Records and Insane Clown Posse have repeatedly denounced violence within the fandom. Many of the crimes, including murders, have also been noted by Alex Abiss (former CEO of Psychopathic Records) as being just crazy individuals finding an excuse for their actions.[29]


  1. ^ Mike Brown (July 2008). "Mike Brown's Juggalodown". SLUG Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin. "Ringmaster's Word". in Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd Edition ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 237–238. ISBN 09741846083. 
  3. ^ a b McDevitt, Katie (July 27, 2008). "Fans or gang? Meet the Juggalos". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Cizmar, Martin (November 18, 2008). "Insane Clown Posse’s Juggalos Aren’t a Gang — Just Punk Kids". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Stevens, Bill (March 29, 2009). "Gulf High's Juggalo Cleanup Crew displays edgy look, genuine caring". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Davila, Florangela (July 18, 2006). "Hanging with the Juggalos". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  7. ^ Eugene Morton (2009-02-12). "The Five Best Actors To Play Jason Voorhees". Attack of the Blog!. G4 Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  8. ^ Corporal Robinson (June 12, 2007). "The State of the Game". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  9. ^ Vampiro (July 7, 2006). "For my Juggalo brothers and sisters". MySpace. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  10. ^ Dansby, Andrew (October 22, 2003). "Violent J on ICP's Bizaar, Bizzar Ride". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  11. ^ Dark Jedi Hillz (December 6, 2009). "Exclusive Interview - Kung Fu Vampire". JuggaloNews. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  12. ^ Hodge. "An exclusive interview with MURS". Milenko500. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  13. ^ "I’m A Survivor: Vanilla Ice". Interviews. The Entertainment Nexus. September 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  14. ^ "PR Interview". Psychopathic Records. 2005-06-01. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  15. ^ "Shaggy 2 Dope Interview". Psychopathic Records. 2005-09-16. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  16. ^ a b c d e Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin. "Hatchet Rising". in Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd Edition ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 470–496. ISBN 09741846083. 
  17. ^ "Rappers Won’t Return to Nelson Insane Clown Posse Uninvited" (Reprint). Record-Courier. 2006-02-04. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  18. ^ Graham, Adam (October 30, 2008). "ICP's annual Halloween bash brings the insane circus to town". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  19. ^ Insane Clown Posse (presenters). (2009-01-27) (internet news). Weekly Freekly Weekly January Edition. Detroit, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. Event occurs at 7:45. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  20. ^ Fats Pepper (presenter). (2009-04-11) (internet news). Weekly Freekly Weekly April 2009. Detroit, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  21. ^ Reavy, Pat (July 30, 2008). "Two men arrested after ax attack on teen". Deseret News.,5143,700247105,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  22. ^ "Teens heading to trial for stabbing murder". Pocono News. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  23. ^ "Local police turn a wary eye to controversial band's followers". The Morning Call.,0,1702776,full.story. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  24. ^ Herendeen, Susan (July 5, 2009). "Juggalos take issue with label as a gang". Modesto Bee. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  25. ^ Mulick, Stacey (June 27, 2006). "Fort Steilacoom unsafe at night, police caution". The News Tribune. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  26. ^ ICP on the Juggalo phenomenon. The Howard Stern Show. 1 September 2009.
  27. ^ Cooper, Sam (December 4, 2009). "Juggalos posse up like clowns in Watertown". Republican-American. 
  28. ^ Cooper, Sam (December 15, 2009). "Watertown High permits band's garb". Republican-American. 
  29. ^ Abbiss, Alex (February 7, 2006). "A Sad Tragedy". Psychopathic Records. Archived from the original on 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 

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  1. Plural form of Juggalo.


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