Untold Festival – Part 1

Less that two weeks ago I got an email from my friend Dave who runs the music blog Brooklyn Vegan. I was shooting a Gathering of the Juggalos gallery for him and he pitched me on another idea. He wanted to know if I wanted to go to a EDM festival in Transylvania. “I got offered a free trip to Romania to cover this festival. Do you want to go for us?” Obviously I had no choice but to say yes and here we are.

After a 20+ hour trip with an upsettingly long layover in Istanbul I made it to Cluj-Napoca, the capital city of Transylvania which is an actual place that exists and from what I can tell the locals have zero interest in talking to you about vampires. By the time I finally got to my hotel I had been awake for more than 30 hours. It was about 11pm in Cluj and I decided the smart move would be to miss day one of the festival completely and just get some damn sleep. I had three more days of the Untold Festival to attend. 

The team from Untold were great and offered all the media people a tour to see Transylvania during the day so the next day I jumped on a tour bus and got to see some of historic Cluj and then we headed out to a famous salt mine that for whatever reason has a sports complex/ amusement park in it. It was completely insane and I would talk about it more but I want to get these photos up and get back down to the festival, so you are just going to have to imagine if the Batcave was 300 feet deep and at the bottom a bunch of families were playing ping pong and rowing boats around the lake at the bottom

I finally got down to the festival around 10pm and had plenty of time to shoot considering music goes until after 5am and the festival is open 24 hours a day for the four days of the fest. They are not fucking around. I spent most of the night with one of the festival media guys Ioan and my friend Lina who I brought with me as a writer and another New Yorker who works for Tumblr. We pretty much just got the lay of the land and explored the festival. I didn’t shoot a ton, but I still came back to the hotel with more than 300 photos on my memory card.

By the time I finished editing photos it was after 6am and I was completely dead, so much so that I slept through my alarm today which I never do. It meant missing another media tour to check out Transylvania which I am honestly pissed about, but at least I had some time to get these photos up.

I am going to talk more about the festival when I post more pictures, but honestly I am not going to pretend to know what I am talking about when it comes to EDM (which is why I brought Lina with me) but I will just say that I got to see Hordor from Game of Thrones (aka Kristian Nairn) DJ and when I was in the media area Jason Derulo walked by me and he was wearing a t-shirt that said Jason Derulo on it which is kinda perfect.

I probably won’t post any more pictures from the festival until it’s all over which is why this gallery is called part one instead of day one (also it was day two of the festival so that’s confusing) but maybe I will get a chance to get more photos up tomorrow. There’s no tour tomorrow, but I have a feeling I am going to want to sleep in again…

Now click here to see my photos from part 1 of the Untold Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania.

Untold Festival

Untold Festival

Untold Festival

Untold Festival

Untold Festival

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Aiden Ashley

Many years ago I met Aiden Ashley at a party. We talked about shooting when she came to visit NYC. It didn’t happen because of some drama that honestly had nothing to do with either of us, but it became a whole thing and we sort of avoided each other for a couple years until our mutual friend Samantha Bentley crushed the beef (when they were staying together when I shot these photos) that didn’t really even exist and then we became friends and everything was wonderful. 

So back in 2016 I was in LA and Aiden and I met up at her super spooky and amazing place to shoot some photos. It was night time and she was packing to go on tour the next day so instead of taking nice pretty photos we just fucked around and shot a bunch of random funny shit with a flash. The photos aren’t very good, but it was honestly a ton of fun. We got along really well and it was a blast just bull shitting and taking photos. We probably would have taken a ton more but her adorable dog got sick and she had to take care of the pup and that was the end of that. I hope she doesn’t hate me for forgetting about her photos for two years and we get to shoot again soon!

I discovered these photos and a few other lost sets when I was working on my Best of 2016 update and this is the second to last one to go up. I still have some photos of Dahlia Sky to go up from 2016 and I promise I will get to them eventually. My bad. A lot of this stuff got lost because it was in the same folder with my West Coast Road Trip and I forgot there was LA stuff in there and not just the actual road trip stuff. But hey, at least I know why I lost them instead of those photos of Ava Dalush that I edited and still forgot to post.

These Aiden Ashley photos have been on Girls of Driven By Boredom for like two weeks now and there are some extra explicit shots in there. I also am going to update Girls of DBB with something else before I head to Transylvania. Oh right, I am going to Transylvania for three days to cover an EDM festival for Brooklyn Vegan tomorrow. Yeah, I don’t know what the hell I am doing with my life either but I will be back the 6th which what I assume will be some insane photos. Follow me on Instagram in the meantime. And then go look photos of Aiden.

Click here to see a ton of absurd NSFW photos of Aiden Ashley hanging out in her super creepy home.

Aiden Ashley

Aiden Ashley

Aiden Ashley

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The Rest Of The 2018 Gathering Of The Juggalos

I had planned for this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos to be seven posts, but it turns out it’s only going to be six, but at least we got everything up before the weekend. This will be a good place to come back to and check out all my coverage from this year’s Gathering. 

The seventh post I was waiting for an article on Vice about the Bunk Police who are people who go around to festivals and test people’s drugs for them. They sell kits so you can test your own drugs and maybe end up saving your life. Apparently the juggalos actually have really good drugs and almost all the MDMA they tested was real which is very unusual. There was some fake acid and terrifyingly they found some cocaine with Fentanyl in it which is really scary. The article should be out Monday and I will update this page to include the link, but it’s not really about juggalos anyway and the photos I took for it were mostly just photos of them testing drugs so it wasn’t that interesting. I pulled my 10 favorite shots and just threw them in this already massive post, but make sure you check out that article when it comes out because it’s really interesting. Check out the Bunk Police here. 

Anyway, the rest of this gallery is just everything else. It’s just 200+ photos of juggalos that didn’t make sense to put anywhere else. There’s a bunch of crazy shit in here. A lot of nudity and madness and juggalo tattoos and Faygo flying and general chaos. Just tons of stuff to look at. And remember if you wanna see all the nudity from the fest including a bunch of way too NSFW stuff for here you should probably go over to Girls of Driven By Boredom and check the GOTJ 2018 gallery out. It’s a lot. 

I don’t really have much else to say but I hope you guys have enjoyed another year of juggalo madness and hopefully you guys will be excited when my juggalo book finally comes out. I am so ready to start really working on it finally.

Now check out all my coverage from the 2018 Gathering of the Juggalos below:

VICE:
Juggalo Couples Tell Us How They Fell In Love
We Embedded With Vigilante Drug Testers at the Gathering of the Juggalos
Juggalos Tell Us How They’ve Been Affected by the Opioid Crisis

Noisey:
Thank God For Juggalos 

Brooklyn Vegan:
Gathering of the Juggalos 2018: NSFW pics

Kerrang!: 
Gallery: Gathering Of The Juggalos 2018

Driven By Boredom:
The Gathering Of The Juggalos Returns
Music Of The 2018 Gathering Of The Juggalos
Mike Busey At The Gathering Of The Juggalos
Random Events At The 2018 Gathering Of The Juggalos
2018 Juggalette Wet T-Shirt Contest

And finally click here to see the rest of the 2018 Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, OH!

2018 Gathering of The Juggalos

2018 Gathering of The Juggalos

2018 Gathering of The Juggalos

2018 Gathering of The Juggalos

2018 Gathering of The Juggalos

 2018 Gathering of The Juggalos

2018 Gathering of The Juggalos

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2018 Juggalette Wet T-Shirt Contest

Every year the Gathering of the Juggalos has a Faygo wet T-shirt contest and for several years I covered it because nudity and juggalos both bring a lot of traffic to my website and the combination is pure gold. But the contest is a lot of work between trying not to get gear destroyed by Faygo, getting to the Gathering early in the day (the contest is usually one of the first events) and trying to deal with some questionable “media” trying to take photos as well. I just had done it a bunch and I didn’t need to cover it again.

This year however I had to do more daytime stuff because we got their late on the first day and left early on the last day and I wanted to make sure I had enough photos for all my clients. I actually just sort of ran into the contest and it had already started. Mike Busey and his crew were hosting it, but the photos are so wild I felt like it needed it’s own post instead of putting it in the Busey gallery I posted yesterday

The light was rally harsh in places so these photos aren’t particularly good, but they are very not safe for work. In fact some of them were way too NSFW so I had to make them exclusive to Girls of Driven By Boredom. So if you want to see all of the photos sign up for that.

In other news, currently I am writing this whilst working as an extra in the new Troma movie. It’s incredibly boring for no pay but being in a Troma movie is a long time bucket list and I get to update my website while they are shooting scenes that I’m not in. So yeah, go look at photos, and I will go back to being some sort of rich asshole in a fat suit aka a pillow. 

Click here to see the NSFW photos from the 2018 Juggalette Wet T-Shirt Contest!

Juggalette Wet T-Shirt Contest

Juggalette Wet T-Shirt Contest

Juggalette Wet T-Shirt Contest

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Random Events At The 2018 Gathering Of The Juggalos

Okay, let me dump one more Gathering of the Juggalos post on you today. This one is sort of a grab bag where I put photos that didn’t make much sense anywhere else. The Gathering has a ton of events during the day and then at 6pm the main stage band start. They end sometime after midnight and then the after parties start. The issue for me is that during the day the sunlight sucks and people are kinda hung over so it makes more sense to show up around 4pm and work until 2am or something, but then at night the light sucks too because you are shooting with a flash and the people you are traveling with talk you into leaving early.

So long story short is that I have a handful of photos from a handful of things. I think there are maybe two photos from some sort of Prince themed party and a few from a “Juggalo Yacht Club” party because that’s a real thing that happened. There’s a few other shots from some other after parties too but the gallery is honestly mostly fights.

I have blogged about the Juggalo Fight Club a lot. It’s a day time event thrown by the band Wolfpac who run one of the day time stages. It started out with juggalos on roller skates boxing and then over the years devolved into straight up bare knuckles boxing before eventually becoming a little more organized with a makeshift ring and MMA style gloves and things like that. 

This year I only got to see two matches (well 2.5) and I had to leave before the championship round but I did get to photograph the first ever female juggalo fight club fight which lasted about 15 seconds before one of the girls hurt her ear and quit. Fortunately another juggalette jumped in and actually won in pretty convincing fashion. The girl who lost bloodied the winner but then got her own head blooded by the ring and ended up having to quit after one round. She looked a little concussed but seemed fine shortly after. Let’s hope she is and let’s hope there are more juggalette fights next year cause feminism.

Oh and the ICP seminar is in here but the photos suck because they held it under a red tent so not the greatest lighting situation around and I am not gonna convert my photos to digital black and white like some hack. You heard me.

Click here to see the photos from the random events from the 2018 Gathering of the Juggalos. 

Shaggy 2 Dope

Juggalette Fight Club

Juggalo Yacht Club

Juggalo Fight Club

Gathering Of The Juggalos

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Mike Busey At The Gathering Of The Juggalos

This is the 5th year that Mike Busey and his “Busey Beauties” have been at the Gathering of the Juggalos. They seem to be loved by both juggalos and fans of this site. I even went to visit his traveling sideshow of strippers and freaks at their massive compound outside of Orlando. They are a bunch of lunatics (and an Obama impersonator) and they fit right in at the Gathering and I have a bunch of photos that are a solid mix of “sexy” and “horrifying”. You will enjoy it.

This gallery is a mix of a few things. There are the photos I took on their bus with CKY and some of the Beauties just being drunk and fun on a bus and then there are the photos from their set up on the campground where they spent all week giving lap dances to anyone who bought a t-shirt.

There are also pictures from their stage show on Saturday night which at one point involved a “butthole beauty pageant” which is exactly what it sounds like. The judge was Flip Flop the Clown, a notorious weirdo, rapper, and foot fetishist who actually performed anilingus on one of the contestants leaving a perfect clown face make up stain on her which was easily one of the funniest things I have ever seen and when I Tweeted about it the photo went viral (very NSFW!). 

The stage show also featured to men taped dick to dick and have sausages shot out of a cannon at them in order to win tickets to next year’s Gathering (they both won) and a veteran getting a naked lap dance from all the girls (he was the naked one) and a ton of other horrifying things, many of which are too graphic to post on this website.

That being said, if you do want to see all the real graphic stuff, you can go to Girls of Driven By Boredom and pay a couple dollars to see all the shots (and a lot of other exclusive high res content). You can always cancel right after. Just saying.

Lastly, the Buseys also hosted a Faygo wet t-shirt contest which you can see right now on Girls of DBB, but will be up on my website soon (minus the truly graphic moments). 

Okay, that’s all I got for now, but there is a lot of wild stuff in this gallery so you should go look at it or whatever.

Click here to see Mike Busey and the Busey Beauties take over another Gathering of the Juggalos.

Mike Busey & CKY

Flip Flop The Clown

Bronx Obama, Natasha & DJ Paul

Busey Beauties

Big LA

Busey Beauties

Mike Busey & Busey Beauties

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Music Of The 2018 Gathering Of The Juggalos

This post should be a fairly quick one because The Gathering of the Juggalos is the only festival that I get sent to where people don’t want photos of the bands. In the past the festival has had some huge headliners but the last few years the festival has stuck to more juggalo friendly bands instead of big national acts. Clients of mine don’t really want to see photos of juggalo rappers so here we are.

I did shoot some music though and I will go through the gallery real quick. When I got to the Gathering Immortal Technique was playing. I would have shot him but I missed most of his set. The first photos in this gallery are of the day one headliner ABK. Unless you are a juggalo you have no idea who that is, but I assure you juggalos love him despite his lisp. I photographed some girls named Glitter Money on one of the late night tents but we were leaving so I don’t even know what they sounded like.

The next day I shot Ouija Macc cause I kinda know that dude and his old group Swag Toof was from NYC and so it’s cool that he’s now on Psychopathic records. Gwar also played that night which is always awesome except when they cut Donald Trump in half I got covered in his blood and I am not sure I will ever get it all off me. I have no idea who the one photo of one woman in a No Lives Matter shirt is, but my friend Contessa was listening to her and I took one shot as I was meeting up with her before we went back to the hotel.

Day three photos include some of RA Da Rugged Man who I actually think is a great rapper but also he hit my hat while I was trying to take his photo which seemed kinda unnecessarily agro so I’m n0t gonna hype him. The person I was most excited to see was Esham who invented horror core rap. Pretty much everyone who came out of Detroit was influenced by him. I assure you Eminem and ICP wouldn’t ever have existed with Esham. He played the Gathering once before when I was there but it was late at night and I missed it. He was punk as fuck. Hopsin played that night but I was doing some shit and didn’t get down in time to shoot him. TechN9ne played after that and I love that dude but I also have photographed him at every Gathering so let’s move on.

Lastly, we left early on Day 4 so we didn’t shoot ICP or Yelawolf (I have photographed them both a bunch so I wasn’t worried about it), but I did get to shoot my friend Contessa aka CuntMafia. Contessa just decided she would come to the Gathering with me and it was clear pretty quickly she belonged there. Whenever we would stop in middle America on our road trip, people would stare at her, but at the Gathering of the Juggalos she blended in. I asked the dudes in the Wolfpac if she could perform on their stage and they were all about it and she played 4 songs and kinda killed it to be honest. My new goal is to actually get her booked next year. It was awesome.

Okay, that’s all I got. This was longer than it was supposed to be and I got 5 more updates to go. Be back tomorrow with a couple more. Whoop whoop, etc.

Click here to see the music of the 2018 Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, OH.

Ouija Macc @ GOTJ

Gwar @ GOTJ

Hopsin @ GOTJ

Ehsam @ GOTJ

Cunt Mafia @ GOTJ

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The Gathering Of The Juggalos Returns

I have now photographed 9 consecutive Gathering of the Juggalos. If you don’t know what the Gathering is, how did you even get to my website? I keep telling myself I am going to retire after 10, but I said that after 5 too. Hopefully this will be the year I finally do my juggalo photo book but then again I have been saying that for years too. Whatever the case I took 3000 photos of jugalos which I have edited down into seven galleries that will be distributed to you throughout the week along with some articles/galleries I did for other clients. 

This first post is sort of a “best of” gallery in that it’s my favorite portraits from the festival. Obviously there’s some crazy fun stuff in here that isn’t in this gallery, but it’s a good place to start. A bunch of these are in the Noisey article that came out today but there is stuff in here not in there and vice versa. There’s also a few photos in here that are also in other galleries but it serves as a good teaser of what’s to come.

I should also mention that I had a VERY NSFW tweet go viral from the Gathering, and if you want to see the high resolution photo from that Tweet I put it and a bunch of other NSFW juggalo photos on Girls of Driven By Boredom.

Lastly a couple things I should mention about the actual logistics of my trip and the festival. The festival returned to Thornville, OH where it had been for three years previous to last years last minute Gathering in Oklahoma. I drove there with fellow juggalo journalist Camille Dodero and my friend Contessa Suto who performs music as Cunt Mafia (more on her later). We rented a car and drove there to save money. Camille couldn’t leave Tuesday so we got to the fest late on Wednesday and had to return the car early Sunday morning so we missed most Saturday. We did spend a couple hours there on the last day and I was actually pretty productive so I don’t feel like we missed out on too much.

Okay so now let’s go look at some juggalo photos already.

Click here to see my favorite portraits from the 2018 Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, OH.

Gathering Of The Juggalos

Gathering Of The Juggalos

Gathering Of The Juggalos

Gathering Of The Juggalos

Gathering Of The Juggalos

Gathering Of The Juggalos

Gathering Of The Juggalos

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Best Of 2016

Another year down! My photos from 2016 are properly organized and I have already moved on to 2017 although I am only a couple months in. Here is a gallery of a bunch of my favorite images from 2016 that you get to look at if you want. It’s over 200 images so it should last you a while as I travel to Ohio to take a bunch of photos of juggalos like I do every year. I will be back Sunday with far too many juggalo photos, so rejoice.

Meanwhile, let’s see how quickly I can write about an entire year worth of photos so that I can start packing for this trip. 

There are a ton of girl photos in here (even more than normal) because I had started working on my Instaxxx book towards the end of the year. There was also the release of my book Public and a topless bar crawl to promote it. Some of this girl stuff is unpublished even and I have two galleries from 2016 that still haven’t been posted. Coming soon. (One of them is already on Girls of Driven By Boredom!)

Update: I forgot to go through all the photos from my West Coast Road Trip so there’s a ton pics missing. Sorry.

One of the more impactful moments of 2016 was the night that Prince died. Spike Lee went threw a block party in his honor and I made my way to the front right as they played When Doves Cry and everyone was singing a long. It was a really amazing moment and I uploaded a video to my Instagram and somehow Good Morning America found it and bought it which made the day incredibly bittersweet. Just to keep it depressing, visiting Stonewall after the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting was incredibly moving for me, and the closing of the bar Jarome’s was another nail in the coffin of downtown NYC nightlife. 

Some events seem to have better photos than others: the Sailor Jerry Fleet Week party, the BBQ Films Ghostbusters party and Fool’s Gold Day Off all have more than their fair share of images in here. One of the weirder things I have covered in my life was the Kid Rock Fish Fry in Nashville (and that’s saying a lot) and even weirder news I got hired to shoot something for Teen Vogue. Oh, and I also shot a halloween party for babies. Seriously. And as always there are a ton of photos from my normal yearly gigs, AVN Awards, SXSW and of course the Gathering of the Juggalos.

Speaking of which, time to go back. See you guys in a few days.

Click here to see a bunch of my favorite photos from 2016.

Best Of 2016

Best Of 2016

Best Of 2016

Best Of 2016

Best Of 2016

Best Of 2016

Best Of 2016

Best Of 2016

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