Tila Tequila At The Gathering Of The Juggalos

I have spent the last few days talking about pretty much nothing but Tila Tequila. It is a weird thing for me since I didn’t know a thing about her before Friday. I vaguely had some sense of who she was, but I had no idea she made music until I saw her on the Gathering of the Juggalos schedule. I still, days later, haven’t figured out why Juggalos hate her so much. Some girl told me it was because she is on MTv but so was Tom Green and the Juggalos loved him.  Tom Green actually came out on stage during her set and no one threw anything at him.  If you look at the picture of him below you will notice that the Faygo bottle flying in the air is actually going past him.

Now let me explain how I got these pictures. I had actually just left Tom Green.  I was hanging out with him before his set at the Gathering. I was a big fan growing up and I love his web TV show, so it was great to meet him and I wanted to see his set. Plus Gallagher was hanging out so the level of surrealness was through the roof. I didn’t want to leave but I was afraid I would miss something exactly like what ended up happening.

I had heard all these rumors that people were going to attack her but I didn’t really believe it. I hadn’t seen any of the Juggalos throw more than a half full Faygo bottle at anyone. Everyone was so nice to us I couldn’t really see them throwing rocks and fireworks and shit and piss at her. Still, if they did and she got kicked off stage it would be something I needed photos of for the Village Voice story I was working on.  I made my way over to the second stage and waited, and waited, and waited….

I didn’t think she was ever going to show up but I was having a pretty good time hanging out on the back of the stage.  I was the only photographer there and I was talking to Sugar Slam who is the star of the Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial which was like talking to Tay Zonday or Chris Crocker or something. I also was flirting with this cute girl with one leg who is an internet sensation of her own. Maybe an hour after she was booked to go on security came by and kicked everyone off the back stage but with my VIP pass I managed to stay on stage.

I was towards the back when Tila Tequila finally showed up. As she played people immediately started throwing things at her. I had already been hit with a glass liquor bottle and I was in the back.  She was getting hit by everything her security guards couldn’t knock down but she kept going.  She was going full steam as the juggalos tried to take her down. She got hit in the head with a rotten egg and just kept on using it like styling gel. At this point all my shots were from the back so I decided to do something stupid.  I walked out on stage.

I asked a security guard if I could come out on stage and he told me that I would be an idiot to try it but he wasn’t going stop me.  So I set up camp on the front corner of the stage while she stayed to the back and started shooting.  While I was on the stage I got hit with all sorts of shit, literally. I got covered in what was probably a mixture of beer, Faygo and urine.  My back hurt for two days from stuff I will never know. I saw on the stage rocks and dildos and garbage and rotten everything. It was so gross and the rocks were so big.  M-80s were going off and I am pretty sure people were intentionally trying to hit me with stuff.  Still, I didn’t care. I was the only member of the media there and I wanted to get my shots of this epic show. (Click here if you want to see a video of the show so you can see where I was shooting from.)

Eventually my editor at the Voice showed up with Tom Green (read her account here) and Tom came out on stage to try to settle the crowd down. It did not work. After he left it became a battle field. A guy tried to charge the stage and security ran into the crowd to take away a huge barrel from an angry juggalo. It was chaos. For some reason she took her shirt off to try to persuade the juggalos that she was awesome.  And she was awesome. She was killing it and taking so much fucking abuse. She needed to be playing in front of chicken wire or something. She is the GG Allin of reality TV or something.  Seriously, I was so fucking turned on by how bad ass she was. I have never seen anyone take that much violence with out even blinking. And she never stopped playing.

I didn’t see what hit her in the eye, I heard it was a brick and I heard it was a fire cracker. Either way she was holding an afghan scarf to her face while she sang.  She looked at me for a second and held it to her head and she played on.  A few minutes later she was hit by something else and was leaking blood out of both sides of her face.  When security saw that they basically carried her off stage, but she never relented and talked shit until the very end. It was so bad ass and I got the only shots.

The juggalos chased her into the trailer and started rocking it and breaking windows.  We left with Tom Green and crew and I didn’t see what happened but she did eventually escape with her life. It was one of the more fucked up things I have witnessed but it was pretty amazing to be part of a national news story like that.  I just want to say that as cool as the juggalos were to me, shit like this is pretty hard to forgive.  Most of the people I talked to thought that bricks went to far, but I didn’t find many people who didn’t think she deserved some of it. That’s pretty hard for me to imagine.

Anyway, Tila Tequila is a fucking bad ass in my book. I would go see her any time and I will have her back any time anyone is talking shit.  That girl is a bad ass fucking front woman and she has my respect forever. The juggalos are still mostly cool in my book but this was by far the low point of the trip.

But let’s get on to the pictures finally: Click here to see pictures of Tila Tequilla attacked by juggalos at the 2010 Gathering of the Juggalos. NSFW.

For complete 2010 Gathering Of The Juggalos coverage please check out the Driven By Boredom GOTJ archives.

Tila Tequila At The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Tila Tequila At The Gathering Of The Juggalos

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Tila Tequila At The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Tila Tequila At The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Tila Tequilla Topless & Bleeding At The Gathering Of The Juggalos.

Tila Tequila At The Gathering Of The Juggalos

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  1. August 18th, 2010 | 9:48 am

    third pic down it sorta looks like tom green went out to appease the juggalos with the old levitating faygo trick.

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  5. Really?
    August 19th, 2010 | 1:59 am

    Your reporting is a joke. We get it, you want to have sex with Tila, she was warned and told she didn’t have to perform and was still going to get paid, she went out there with a purpose. Why didn’t you mention her shouting “I ain’t going no where” I’m sure that didn’t help the anger of the crowd.

    But hey, she’s back on pain meds (which she claims she sought help for addiction from) and bragging about how strong of meds she got. So yay, way to inflate her ego as she spirals down towards the bottom again. This woman is milking this for everything she’s got. She didn’t go to the police station to file a report, she didn’t seek medical attention in the state she was injured. She sold the pics to TMZ and flew back to CA before seeking help. That’s not what a badass does, that’s what fame-seeking manipulator does. But you wouldn’t know about that because you’re thinking with your genitals. I hope this gets you laid, just remember to take your valtrex afterwards.

  6. August 19th, 2010 | 2:00 am

    so disgusting. no thanks.

  7. August 19th, 2010 | 2:57 am

    Um. What?
    I don’t know or care anything about this woman other than the fact she fucking killed it on stage.
    I mean I think if she didn’t make a big deal about the whole thing after it would have been way more bad ass.
    Whining about it and suing people takes a lot of that away… but while she was on stage she was fucking awesome.
    The crowd fucked with her and she fucked with them back. Thats what rock and roll is all about.

  8. Horayio
    August 19th, 2010 | 3:38 am

    You didn’t know a thing about Tila before Friday? You wonder why she has so many haters? It’s not just the Juggalos. Do a search on Tila’s fake pregnancies, fake accusations of domestic violence and stalkers, drugged out Ustream videos. See for yourself what a lying media attention whore your “badass” little Tila is. She’s loving you for taking all these pictures of her but you didn’t need to because Tila used her own cellphone to take pictures of her face and then sold them to TMZ. Who does that? Tila is a Z list reality show has-been who has never even performed before an audience as big as The Gathering because she usually performs in small clubs with a stripper pole. Maybe things got out of hand but just take a look at her blog and see how much she is loving all this attention, Yeah ..she so badass!

  9. Dan
    August 19th, 2010 | 4:14 am

    Good on your for sticking it out during the show, Igor. Great coverage!

  10. August 19th, 2010 | 4:33 am

    Why does this person have any impact on your life in any way? Her haters seem to give way to much of a shit about her. If I think someone sucks I just do something else, I dont attack them on message boards.
    Also, for the record, last time I got the shit kicked out of me I took lots of pictures. I looked fucking awesome with black eye.

  11. waylan
    August 25th, 2010 | 7:52 am

    holy fuck YOU were the one photographer that was mentioned in the URB post: http://bit.ly/boU4uO. and apparently, the ONLY one with the shots and story. I didn’t know what happened or bother to find out… but it seemed heavy.. and since i was on DBB already looking at this stuff…

    you did exactly what you should have, as a photographer. mad fuckin props for powering through.

  12. August 25th, 2010 | 8:32 am

    I dont see me mentioned in that post, but I did see they stole one of my fucking images. I am pretty pissed off about it so thanks for the link…

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  14. Diablita
    July 13th, 2011 | 2:07 am

    Just hopping in here to point out that in the 5th picture from the top, there is a dildo lying amid all the Faygo bottles and whatever the fuck else. A DILDO.

  15. July 13th, 2011 | 4:46 am

    Oddly enough it was dick shaped soap. And there were a lot of them….

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