“The Gathering of the Juggalos” is one of the wildest, weirdest events on the planet. Held in the Middle of Nowhere, Illinois, it’s the music festival put on every year by “the most hated band in the world,” Insane Clown Posse. The Gathering is five days of complete madness with no cops, no rules, every drug imaginable and a lot of nudity.
What the hell’s a Juggalo? According to legend, the name stuck after the band’s Violent J once called the crowd “Juggalos” during a 1994 performance of their anthem “The Juggla.” Juggalos have been portrayed in the media as dirtpoor, drugged-up white trash in clown makeup. A female ICP devotee is called a Juggalette, and she is stereotypically fat, scantily clad and lacking any sort of sexual morality. In my years of photographing Juggalos and Juggalettes I have found that many of them are the exact opposite of what you’d expect, and some have become very good friends. But fortunately for us, plenty of Juggalettes live up to the hype.
The Gathering is flush with females wandering around topless or willing to flash you their boobs if you ask nicely. Some of them you might not actually want to see naked, but luckily there are enough attractive ones to make the effort pay off.