Dan Cronin’s “The Gathering of the Juggalos.”

 

What’s a Juggalo?

A Juggalo is a name given to a fan of the band Insane Clown Posse. I wouldn’t be able to recognize one of their songs if I heard it, but I can recognize a group of terrific photographs taken at a gathering of insanely devoted Insane Clown Posse fans.

I asked Dan Cronin to give me a bit of background on the series.
“Say what you will about the Insane Clown Posse’s music, but you can’t deny that they have some of the most loyal and dedicated fans in the US. After shooting portraits of Juggalos outside one of their shows in Portland, Oregon I decided to venture out to their annual music festival in Southern Illinois to shoot more.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is cheap, $150 for all 4 days and that includes camping. You are allowed to bring your own food, water, booze, and drugs. This year ICP claims that they lost about $15,000 by putting on the event but they say, “It’s true. I swear to you, it’s true. We only lost 15 grand. The way we look at it, we paid 15 grand to give everybody that bomb-ass experience.” Compare that mentality with other music festivals such as Cochella, SXSW, and Pitchfork that are chalk full of corporate sponsors and VIP lounges.

Despite all the hate and ridicule the Juggalos get from the rest of the music fans in the country, I have learned to respect and admire the community they have formed. Juggalos are fiercely loyal to each other. If you want to be a part of the ‘Family’ they welcome you with open arms. They are not looking for your or anyone else’s approval. To me, this is their punk rock.”

You can see more of Dan’s work here.

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