I was a merch guy on the tour. That fact, I made fairly clear. (That’s not to say ALL Juggalos can’t read.)
Now to answer your question of “why?” - This blog was created as an outlet. For someone to come into the “Juggalo lifestyle” having no previous exposure to it, you can imagine how out of place they must feel. (Imagine a Juggalo at a library, or a bank cashing a pay check.) My first posts were strictly just documenting my days. As the tour went on, I realized how uninteresting and stagnant that actually was so I turned the blog into what it currently is: A over-generalization, close minded, stereo-typing and eye-opening piece of whatever you want to call it. I know full and well that you can’t pin down a whole sub-culture as one type of person, but it is funny when you do. The way I tear apart Juggalos can easily be done to any and all other sub-cultures. It just makes it a little easier when ICP fuels that fire. They know they are hated, they know they stand out, and they milk it for every fucking thing it is worth. They market themselves better than other band out there, that I can say in confidence.
Believe me, you aren’t the only person I have offended with this blog, and I’m not the only one who thinks it is funny. What you don’t know is the day in and day out bullshit I had to tolerate while on that tour, and I’m sure the Juggalos making my life hell thought they were pretty funny too; more power to ‘em, I guess. For every piece of shit that I encountered on that tour, I can easily say I met one pleasant person. But who the fuck wants to read about the pleasant people?? ICP didn’t make money by being a band that appealed to masses, they made money by being something interesting, something no one understood, something kind of… shitty.
Now that I’m done defending myself, allow me to touch on a bit of debate. Do not try to deny that ICP has self-submitted themselves into their current public image of low life, uneducated scum. You can sit on youtube for hours looking up interviews with them that leave you only to believe that ICP, and mainly their fan base, live on their own planet. Whether that is a bad thing or not, is not up to me. If you think that ICP needs defending, then you’re missing their point. They don’t want to be defended. They want to be the outcast, they want to be hated. So don’t be surprised when someone talks shit about them on a blog, they are only fulfilling ICP’s own prophecy.
I’m not being rude, but I’m just VERY concerned.
Funny how everything that people saw as UN cool now all of sudden is what everyone does (full sleeves, piercings, long hair, purple or orange hair) does that mean that touring people and people that love self expression were and always have been ahead of their time?…I think so.
It is happening…
FaceTime with my bud Dustin
This looks like so much fun.
I could really only put together assumptions based off of their live performing income, which really only begins to touch on the sources bringing in revenue.
They have been releasing records (at a high volume) independently for roughly 15 years. Not to mention the number of other artists on Psychopathic Records that sell a remarkable amount of records as well. Online merchandise, festivals, Hot Topic, etc., etc., etc.
All of this may not fall under the company of “ICP” but I think it’s safe to say that multiple people are getting multiple pieces of multiple pies.
Just go ahead and assume that it’s a shit load of money.
I thought about it quite a bit, however when I went back to revise them/make them readable to others, I realized that my initial entries sounded more like a conspiracy theory as opposed to me just talking mad amounts of shit. I prefer talking mad amounts of shit.
I was spending a lot of time digging into what ICP really is and how they are manipulating their fans to such a degree that they may one day trigger them to take over the world through some twisted story of a Dark Carnival; all the while believing themselves what they are preaching. I came to realize that more than likely they just have extraordinary marketing skills and have no real plan to take over the world. But who’s to say?
I think it’s safe to say that it is by no means a commonality among Juggalos to be satanist. In fact, I would go ahead and say that most of their faith/religious views/morals (or lack there of) lie very very deeply in ICP and The Juggalo Family, themselves. Why would you need Satan when you can have Shaggy 2 Dope to tell you how it is?
Regarding the stars of the show being Satanist, (ICP, Dark Lotus, Boondox, Twiztid, whatever other shitty fucking no talent rap group has found their way onto Psychopathic Records with the condition that they pretend to be clowns) I would assume no. I would pin them more as marketing geniuses.
As far as violence goes, allow me to state this one simple fact: The head clown’s name is fucking Violent J.
If your only two concerns with this backwards sub-culture are Satan and violence, then you may need to do your absolute best to try and remember what happened when you (for whatever ungodly reason) actually attended The Gathering of the Juggalos. I can only hope that a few of the happenings there struck some chord of concern with you.
I am, however, curious what your “friend” has told you about Juggalos and “the family” to make you desire to actually be a part of it. Is it the midget wrestling or your love of soda?
I’m here to help, one Juggalo at a time.
Call me what you will, but I just discovered that you can send/receive messages on Tumblr. Whoops.
Someone sent me this link:
I think we can all agree on the fact that the idea of Juggalos fucking is probably one of the worst, and undoubtedly the grossest, things that could be happening in America. I’m writing a letter to my congressman to have him look into possible laws to be put in place that could stop, or at least slow down, the breeding capabilities of anyone enjoys making low-rent clown porno with their better clown half.