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What is a Juggalo / Juggalette? Are Juggalos A Criminal Organization? What Is Down With The Clowns?

Updated on August 3, 2013

What is a Juggalo?

A Juggalo or Juggalette (a Juggalette is a female) is what fans of the Insane Clown Posse or any of the other artists signed by Psychopathic Records call themselves. This music can be considered a sort of hip hop horror.

Juggalos have their own slang, symbols, and ways of life. Insane Clown Posse are made up of brothers Violent J (Joseph Bruce), and Shaggy 2 Dope ( Joseph Ulster).

Juggalos, Juggalettes call themselves family simply because they honestly care for the well being of each other. They are not involved in any organized crime nor is there any real leadership.

There is no such thing as an entity that is known as Juggalos. they are individuals and would rather be left alone then bother anyone else in society.

The Juggalo Family!

Provided for use to help explain that Juggalos are not criminals.  We are family!!
Provided for use to help explain that Juggalos are not criminals. We are family!! | Source

How did Juggalos begin?

It was in 1994 while performing live the Insane Clown Posse performed the song "The Juggla". It was during the performance that Joseph Bruce called the crowd "the Juggalos".

There was an overwhelming response to this which ended with Joseph Bruce and Joseph Ulster using the term afterwords whenever mentioning their friends their family and most important their fans.

This includes other artists which are signed Psychopathic Records artists.

A Sexy Juggalette....

So Juggalos are just fans of the Insane Clown posse?

One thing that gets people confused by the term Juggalo is that they are all fans of ICP (Insane Clown Posse) which is a rap band from Detroit.

Although most Juggalos and Juggalettes do listen to ICP, simply listening to and liking the Insane Clown Posse does not mean you are a lo or lette.

Being a Juggalo is in the way you live your life. It is the way you were born. You could not change that anymore then you could change your eye color.

A Juggalo does not judge other individuals based on looks, what shade their skin is, or how they decide to live their life. Because when it comes down to the simple things, we are all the same.

Juggalos take pride in the fact that they do not care what others think of them, they are here, deal with it. They do what is right and do not give a thought if there are people that hate.

The Juggalos enjoy discussing "The Dark Carnival" which to a Juggalo represents something larger then themselves. Juggalos get along with each other and still consider each other family, even if they disagree.

Juggalo Babies

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Whoop Whoop | Source

When did Juggalos become popular?

The group really blew up with the fans after the release of their third CD, Great Milenko.

in the mid 1990s. It was on this recording that the group released the song "What Is A Juggalo?"

On their 1997 release The Great Milenko contained the song "Down With The Clown".

ICP explains that "Juggalos come from all walks of life, some are extremely poor while others come from wealthy families.

Juggalos contain people from all Religions and Races. It does not matter if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth or if you were born addicted to crack. Juggalos do not judge others.

They respect people as individuals, if you are a Juggalo then you are family. You will be accepted as you are, you do not have to change in order to "fit in".


What is Faygo?

One of the common symbols of a Juggalo is the drinking of Faygo which is an economical soda.

They also enjoy what can be called horor-themed rap music. Juggalos/lettes often wear face paint similar to what is worn by Psychopathic Records artists.

Juggalos enjoy the Psychopathic Records artists, which frequently contain violent lyrics. This music is used by Juggalos and Juggalettes to express their aggression. Juggalos and Juggalettes are anything but violent, you are more likely to be hugged by a Juggalo then anything else.

Most of the characteristics of the Juggalo lifestyle began during the 1980s when Joseph Bruce, Joseph Ulster, and his family were living at the poverty level. They had to get their clothing from rummage sales, and most of their food came from food pantries. Because they grew up in poverty many of the other kids in their school made jokes about them.

The Hatchetman

The Hatchetman is a symbol of Juggalos.
The Hatchetman is a symbol of Juggalos. | Source

Were they always called Juggalos?

This did not bother them simply because they were not embarressed by their lifestyle and in fact embraced it.

The name that they used for themselves at the time was Floobs. According to Joe Bruce a Floob was pretty much a scrub. The only difference is that they were not ordinary everyday scrubs.

A Floob would wear the same old shoes and grungy clothes from the rummage sales, which did not have to be cool. A Floob made their scrubbiness into something that they were proud of, not something to make them ashamed of themselves.

They did not care what the other kids thought. The only thing that mattered was that they were proud of themselves!

The only Floobs ever mentioned by name was Violent J (Joseph Bruce), and Shaggy 2 Dope ( Joseph Ulster).. Although Joe admits there were other Floobs that he never met or even knew, they all were living in the same conditions that the brothers endured.

It was the respect and acceptance that Floobs had for each other that initiated the family-like attitude of people in similar circumstances that created the philosophy still held throughout the Juggalo family.

Do we look like criminals?

Juggalos come from all walks of life.
Juggalos come from all walks of life. | Source


Even though the F.B.I. recently designated Juggalos as a criminal group?

They are uninformed and ignorant of the Juggalo lifestyle. We the Juggalos are loyal to each other. We support other Juggalos.

We do not judge people nor do we tolerate racists, bigots, pedophiles and other scum of humanity. We are all brothers and sisters in the Juggalo family and accept each other without question. If you are "down with the clowns" then you are family.

The definition of a Gang is . A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.


Respect for humanity is a requirement for a Juggalo!
Respect for humanity is a requirement for a Juggalo! | Source

Juggalos do not support criminal activity!

In no way does a Juggalo want to engage in criminal activity. We are human beings that show affection for each other. We want the best for our Country, our community our children and each other..

We call each other "family" simply because some Juggalos are considered outcasts in society.

In the Juggalo family, these same people are mainstream and do not get judged or discriminated against in any form. You can always count on your "family " to help you get through difficult times in your life.

So, Juggalos are not bad guys?

Of course there are Juggalos that break the law and become incarcerated. This happens to individuals and should not reflect on Juggalos as a whole. Every segment of society has individuals that break the law. This does not mean that all of society engages in these activities. Even law enforcement has members that violate the law! Do not judge people by a group, treat each human being as the unique person that they are. If we all did this, the world would be a better place!

This article is my attempt to explain Juggalos and their lifestyle. Hopefully you have a better understanding of this sub-culture. I also hope that those los and lettes that read this are content with my explanation. Feel free to leave your comments and opinions below. Just remember this website is PG-13, so keep it clean or I will Not be able to post it.

Whoop Whoop Ninjas!!!!!! MMFWCL!!!!!


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      Artemis17 4 years ago

      Although I'm not a Juggalo, I do like this article. I'd love to become one. I just don't really understand how it's possible. I support the Juggalos. I'm friends with two Juggalo members. I love the way they care about each other. I wish I had someone who cares about me like those two care about each other. Go Juggalo family: )

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      Artemis17 4 years ago

      I don't like what the government is doing to the Juggalo family. I'm not a member (i want to be though) but I am friends with a couple of the members. They seem very loyal to each other. I wish I had someone to care about me the way those two care about each other

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      makayladanner 4 years ago

      to all my juggalo and juggalette family WHOOP WHOOP

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      melissa zuber 4 years ago

      Tank god somebody did diz I'm so sikk of ppl askin me wat iz a lo/lette n itz hard to explain without Dem gettin Da wrong idea tank u whoop whoop mmfwcl4life

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      KiDKlown 4 years ago

      Its Great Someone did this. Now we can backstep to pasts if needed. keep records :) Love Yall Family!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!

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      Ryan 4 years ago

      Ok all you s*** talking ppl are wrong if Yo don't like us don't look up what we are! We are a family and always well be get over your selfs..

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      chye jugglette 4 lyf 5 years ago

      Whoop whoop much luv luved the article naild it couldent hav said it bttr myself.

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      Reality Bytes 5 years ago from Freeman On The Land United States of America.

      Peter, individuals are going to break the law. I can tell you stories of police officers engaging in horrific criminal behaviour, some with ties to organized crime. This does not reflect on Police in general, just the misguided options of particular individuals. Geez, there are some pretty lowdown priests out there too!

      You cannot take the actions of the individual and hold it against a spectrum of society, especially when there are no connections, no leadership, and no motive, for the group to participate in the conduct.

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      Cee-Cee 5 years ago

      WHOOP WHOOP I LOVE U HUB!!!!! I love being juggalette

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      Peter Housemen 5 years ago

      In Berkeley, CA is really different. They think they are a gang taking it to a whole other level. Disrespecting people, robbing houses and businesses. All of the street kids are saying there a gang mess with them then you will get my hatched. Kids these days join the military if you love violence

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      Brandy Whisenhunt 5 years ago

      I have bee an juggalette since i knew their beliefs. I was raped and molested form 8 til 16. Now THAT is a criminal. Juggalos are a family that take care of each other. Yes, just like any group, there are evil, sadistic that go by the same names. The one and truly jugalos are the origianal. MMFWCL4L

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      Juggalo4lyfe 5 years ago


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      kittakat 5 years ago

      Sweet...I'm not a lette I'm a scene queen in training but I understand the ideals my friend is a juggalo and I wanted to understand him a little more who knows maybe I can be a cross...(/^_^)/

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      Reality Bytes 5 years ago from Freeman On The Land United States of America.

      You are an individual This Girl, you can do whatever you choose. If you choose to be down with the clown, you are a lette. Juggalos do not discriminate against anyone. If your down your fam, give a loud Whoop Whoop anywhere you are, and when you hear some Whoop Whoop back, you know you are with family. Good Luck!

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      This girl 5 years ago

      So if you just now started bein a fan you can't be a lo/lette?

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      Reality Bytes 5 years ago from Freeman On The Land United States of America.

      (Author: I had to edit this post because the user is an ignorant jerk that does not know how to communicate in a civil manner! I am displaying the post to reveal exactly what sort of people criticize us Juggalos. You will see that each and every Juggalo/Juggalette has responded in a kind and civil manner, unlike the hating little scumbag wannabe gangster posers!)

      """""GET LIVES 13 hours ago

      you are all stupid. di*****ers, get lives..most of you are problem children or learning disabled..anti social pimples on societys a**..listening/worshipping to retards that can't rap and prob got picked on in middle/high school that thought colombine was cool so wrote sick fetish fantasys to crap beats and you wierdos made them need a self esteem book and kicked in the teeth for being such wastes of lives. support real hip hop artists snd quit d*******."""""

      Now run along back behind your mama's skirt, hater!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Ty for clearing a lot of this up for ppl i hav several friends that think im bein weird for bein a who claims to be a lo thinks that bein in the fam means u live ur life in a psychopathic state of mind an iv tried to xplain that's not quite wat yts bout love ur article an will b sure to send ppl here an bout violent j an shaggy bein called bros no they not blood but all of us on this page r bros an sistas peace out whoop whoop

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      Brandi 5 years ago

      Ya u did nail all of it we aint a gang we a fam WHOOP WHOOP!!! MMFWCL

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      Kitty 5 years ago

      WHooP!! WHooP!!

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      LSDude 5 years ago

      But, by defining the lifestyle and gathering in rally's, are you not organizing yourselves? I've no prob with los and lettes, but I see it from an outside prospective and can see where the FBI is coming from. I mean the juggalo family is huge and growing, would you stand up and tell J or Dope NO if they asked you (as a group) to march on Washington (for example) and protect each other from haters? I would say, probably not. People in masses are easily swayed when passions are high. Anyway, just a thought... Peace. ✌

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      SycoKat 5 years ago

      Thank you, very insightful. Truth rains supream. MCL. If you want to no a Juggalettes story go to If you want to try to get Joggalos off the FBIs gang list go to

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      Juggs McGeez 5 years ago



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      Bisexual lette 5 years ago

      Clown love(:

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      Cassidy 5 years ago

      WHOOP WHOOP!!!! Love Y''all!!!

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      Jwo 4 life 5 years ago

      K everything was pretty much right problem is you don't know what a juggalo is no one does it's what you wanna be it's been you if your a juggalo then you and only you know why just like I have my own reason so does everyone not how you live your life that's fucking retarded whoop whoop

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      bubblesthewicked 5 years ago

      yo this article is awesome it explains the family perfictly

      i mean i grew up in the slums, the first people to acctualy take me in and look over me were juggalos and i love em for it. but as i read these articals no one seems to talk about hatchet man and his iconic image and what he really means ik what its physcopathic records symbol but i met some people where they take the wrong way i wanna have some one post about the absolute reason why hatchet man is here and what it means so i don't have to explain it a million times but other then that i love ur article WHOOP WHOOP MWCL

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      JaxxTheClown 5 years ago

      I love this. A lil over a week ago i had some douche bag call my homie fake, cause he didn't particpate in any gang related s**t. Because of things like these, im d**n well proud to down with the clown. And im proud to call each and ever Juggalo/lette out there, family. MMFWCL

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      His Juggalette 5 years ago

      Yo this is the real s*** Whoop Whoop MMFWCL

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      juggalet AB 5 years ago

      yo yall got this right on point a juggalet/lo is a co pilot and there when u need em stay down with the clown yall MMFWCL

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      JuggaloPosseFamWicked 5 years ago

      Whoop Whoop MMFWCL

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      AliCat 5 years ago

      Its about time someone puts it in writing what bein a juggalo is about in such a way surely everyone can understand. Ive ben told the term Juggalo goes back further than ICP but what u described is all that matters to me. people think im nuts & judge ICP & juggalos by the lyrics.. i hope this helps more people understand we r more like modern day hippies & r happy with who we r.. ~much love


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      Reality Bytes 5 years ago from Freeman On The Land United States of America.

      I am a member of about 50 Facebook Juggalo groups. See you all there!

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      reva 5 years ago

      me and my friend is just be come a juggalette we need more juggalo family i love icp if u whant to be friends comment me back whoop love yall

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      Reality Bytes 5 years ago from Freeman On The Land United States of America.

      We are family! We are Juggalos and Juggalettes, we watch each others backs!

      Mess with a Juggalo and feel the wrath of the family!

      Whoop Whoop!

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      reva 5 years ago

      i am a juggalette my friends if u whant to be my friend comment me back woop woop love my jugglette family

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      Angela Dale 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio


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      Rey Jaso 5 years ago from Garland, Texas

      I would say mis-directed!

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      mwcl 6 years ago

      Whoop whoop

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      Reality Bytes 6 years ago from Freeman On The Land United States of America.

      Just Whoop Whoop, there is no age limit for a Juggalo/lette! Be yourself, be free!

      If someone does not accept your decisions, forget them. they are probably just fake azz poser wannabees.

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      MamaJo 6 years ago

      My daughter is a Juggalette and my first reaction was that they were just another gang. However after being exposed to her friends it occurred to me that they really meant no harm to others. They were just misfits who were loving to each other and certainly respectful and loving to me, that's why Im MamaJo! Its really interesting if your ever in a crowd and my daughter would whoop whoop out and several others would whoop whoop back! i find myself wanting to whoop whoop when ever I see a juggalo, but then again Im just a mamajug! Teehee!

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      juggalo J. 6 years ago


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      Brad 6 years ago

      You stated the truth and that is what it about WHOOP WHOOP

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      phsmalls 6 years ago

      you can be brothers and sisters without being blood

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      James Bickett 6 years ago

      I've been reading around. And I think that the idea of Juggaloes is awesome we are all the same and no judging, buuuuuuttt, if bad things tend to happen involving people that claim to be Juggaloes then you can't blame society for being wary of this culture. Like I said its an awesome thing when it's done how you say, but just like politics you can't expect people to turn the other cheek on the darker side of things.

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      Reality Bytes 6 years ago from Freeman On The Land United States of America.

      brothers Violent J (Joseph Bruce), and Shaggy 2 Dope ( Joseph Ulster)

      They have different last

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      Jessy 6 years ago

      Hey. A lil fyi for ya. J & Shags arent real brothers. Had an argument with my bro over this bc this site misinformed him.

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      juggalo wifey 6 years ago

      whoop whoop

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      rizz 6 years ago

      That's what's up speakn nuthn but the truth...whoop whoop MMFWCL

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      Megan Schroeder 6 years ago

      Way to speak the truth! Family is more than blood yo family is based off of love. MMFWCL WHOOOP WHOOOOOOP!

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      Valentine Diaster aka Virgillia Stevens 6 years ago

      WHOOP WHOOP You did nail it and you showed that we are a family organized group not gang. Family is more important than causing trouble. Family is more than just words, family goes more than blood. Family is about respect but yes, keep it real fam MMFWCL!

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      jumpstart a.k.a michael frazer 6 years ago

      thts wats up bro u nailed it WHOOP WHOOP keep it real fam