MERRY JANE

Insane Cannabis Posse: Weed-Whacked Photos of the 2019 Gathering of the Juggalos

culture
Nate "Igor" Smith
Aug 7, 2019 01:54 PM PST
Insane Cannabis Posse: Weed-Whacked Photos of the 2019 Gathering of the Juggalos
Share this article!

Last weekend, the “most hated band in the world” held the 20th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. Photographer Nate "Igor" Smith was there to document the ICP diehards in action.

All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith

Last weekend, the “most hated band in the world” held the 20th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Springville, Indiana. Insane Clown Posse’s music festival is an infamous affair — a celebration of truly not giving a fuck. In 2010, I decided to check out the Gathering for the first time, and found it to be the weirdest, wildest, most incredible thing I had ever seen. Since then, I have attended the event ten years in a row.

As a photographer, it’s hard not to return when everywhere you look something unabashedly bizarre is happening. I love this festival, and everyone I’ve brought with me has fallen in love, as well. This is because you can do whatever the hell you want at the Gathering of the Juggalos.

1565200988472_DSC_3193.JPG

The first few years I attended, the Gathering was held in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, a three cop town in the middle of nowhere. The event was at a campground, miles down a dirt road with no cell service whatsoever. It was completely lawless, and featured a “Drug Bridge” where people openly sold every kind of substance you could imagine. I even heard a story that a security guard yelled at a dealer, not because he was selling drugs, but because he was charging too much for them. 

In 2013 a juggalo died from a drug overdose and the Drug Bridge was shut down. The Gathering then moved just outside of Columbus, OH. It was a short drive from the airport and hotels were everywhere. The campground had WiFi, and there was a gas station across the street. Drugs were still everywhere, but the event was policed and anyone selling was subject to arrest.

1565201060546_DSC_5683.JPG

In 2017, ICP had an idea. They would move the event to Colorado, and throw the first-ever Gathering in a state where recreational marijuana was legal. Unfortunately, the idea backfired when they couldn’t find a location for the event, so they had to move to a venue in Oklahoma City in the final hour. Police in Oklahoma weren’t messing around, and they busted people left and right for possession and public nudity. It was a very different vibe for a festival renowned for its inhibition. 

After a return to Ohio in 2018, the Gathering was moved to Springville, a town 40 minutes from Bloomington, Indiana. So this year, once again, the juggalos were in the middle of nowhere, with no cell reception, no cops, and no rules. It was a return to the wonderful chaos of past Gatherings. 

At the 2019 edition, attendees didn’t have to worry about getting arrested for possession. They didn’t even have to roll their own joints, as one of the official vendors was Bluntman’s One Stop Shop where you could buy pre-rolls for $10. Elsewhere, juggalos walked around with megaphones advertising dab hits for $5, and the sound of balloons filling with nitrous reverbrated throughout the festival grounds. I saw a girl in the front row of the main stage try to smoke out of a can of Faygo cola when a security guard walked up to her. He took her can, not to confiscate it, but to bend it a little and widen the hole so it would actually work for her. 

Below, check out more weed-friendly photos from the craziest festival in the country. It’s only a matter of time until someone makes weed-infused Faygo. Until then, the juggalos are doing just fine. 


1565201462314_DSC_3377.JPG


1565201356993_DSC_2789.JPG


1565201376949_DSC_2923.JPG


1565201393254_DSC_2957.JPG


1565201480518_DSC_3682.JPG


1565201497220_DSC_4116.JPG


1565201511557_DSC_3184.JPG


1565201577544_DSC_5675.JPG


1565201588525_DSC_3060.JPG


1565201606753_DSC_3236.JPG


1565201625226_DSC_4743.JPG


1565201659081_DSC_4816.JPG


1565201680200_DSC_3794.JPG


1565204816209_DSC_6728.JPG

Follow Nate "Igor" Smith on Twitter and visit his website here


Nate "Igor" Smith
Nate "Igor" Smith

Nate "Igor" Smith is a photographer and blogger from Brooklyn, NY. Contact.



The Latest Vids

Insane Cannabis Posse: Weed-Whacked Photos of the 2019 Gathering of the Juggalos

culture
Nate "Igor" Smith
Aug 7, 2019 01:54 PM PST
Share this article!
Insane Cannabis Posse: Weed-Whacked Photos of the 2019 Gathering of the Juggalos

Last weekend, the “most hated band in the world” held the 20th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. Photographer Nate "Igor" Smith was there to document the ICP diehards in action.

All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith

Last weekend, the “most hated band in the world” held the 20th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Springville, Indiana. Insane Clown Posse’s music festival is an infamous affair — a celebration of truly not giving a fuck. In 2010, I decided to check out the Gathering for the first time, and found it to be the weirdest, wildest, most incredible thing I had ever seen. Since then, I have attended the event ten years in a row.

As a photographer, it’s hard not to return when everywhere you look something unabashedly bizarre is happening. I love this festival, and everyone I’ve brought with me has fallen in love, as well. This is because you can do whatever the hell you want at the Gathering of the Juggalos.

1565200988472_DSC_3193.JPG

The first few years I attended, the Gathering was held in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, a three cop town in the middle of nowhere. The event was at a campground, miles down a dirt road with no cell service whatsoever. It was completely lawless, and featured a “Drug Bridge” where people openly sold every kind of substance you could imagine. I even heard a story that a security guard yelled at a dealer, not because he was selling drugs, but because he was charging too much for them. 

In 2013 a juggalo died from a drug overdose and the Drug Bridge was shut down. The Gathering then moved just outside of Columbus, OH. It was a short drive from the airport and hotels were everywhere. The campground had WiFi, and there was a gas station across the street. Drugs were still everywhere, but the event was policed and anyone selling was subject to arrest.

1565201060546_DSC_5683.JPG

In 2017, ICP had an idea. They would move the event to Colorado, and throw the first-ever Gathering in a state where recreational marijuana was legal. Unfortunately, the idea backfired when they couldn’t find a location for the event, so they had to move to a venue in Oklahoma City in the final hour. Police in Oklahoma weren’t messing around, and they busted people left and right for possession and public nudity. It was a very different vibe for a festival renowned for its inhibition. 

After a return to Ohio in 2018, the Gathering was moved to Springville, a town 40 minutes from Bloomington, Indiana. So this year, once again, the juggalos were in the middle of nowhere, with no cell reception, no cops, and no rules. It was a return to the wonderful chaos of past Gatherings. 

At the 2019 edition, attendees didn’t have to worry about getting arrested for possession. They didn’t even have to roll their own joints, as one of the official vendors was Bluntman’s One Stop Shop where you could buy pre-rolls for $10. Elsewhere, juggalos walked around with megaphones advertising dab hits for $5, and the sound of balloons filling with nitrous reverbrated throughout the festival grounds. I saw a girl in the front row of the main stage try to smoke out of a can of Faygo cola when a security guard walked up to her. He took her can, not to confiscate it, but to bend it a little and widen the hole so it would actually work for her. 

Below, check out more weed-friendly photos from the craziest festival in the country. It’s only a matter of time until someone makes weed-infused Faygo. Until then, the juggalos are doing just fine. 


1565201462314_DSC_3377.JPG


1565201356993_DSC_2789.JPG


1565201376949_DSC_2923.JPG


1565201393254_DSC_2957.JPG


1565201480518_DSC_3682.JPG


1565201497220_DSC_4116.JPG


1565201511557_DSC_3184.JPG


1565201577544_DSC_5675.JPG


1565201588525_DSC_3060.JPG


1565201606753_DSC_3236.JPG


1565201625226_DSC_4743.JPG


1565201659081_DSC_4816.JPG


1565201680200_DSC_3794.JPG


1565204816209_DSC_6728.JPG

Follow Nate "Igor" Smith on Twitter and visit his website here


Nate "Igor" Smith
Nate "Igor" Smith

Nate "Igor" Smith is a photographer and blogger from Brooklyn, NY. Contact.



The Latest Vids