Friday, July 31, 2015
Recently we had the opportunity to speak with Bozly The Clown, Founder and operator of Big Top Creations, about his experiences at this years Gathering of the Juggalos, a huge multi day festival organized by Insane Clown Posse and their record label Psychopathic Records. As an artist himself we asked him what he thought of the artwork, music, and community there.
Starving Artist: What kind of art did you see at this years Gathering?
Bozly: I saw all kinds of art there, lots of different styles and mediums. They had claymation art, and I saw a lot of pinwheels, the kind that you spin around in the wind. Of course they were ICP style though. The prize for the art contest this year was a hand made staff that was carved out to look like a Joker face. I did see a lot of unique art with glow sticks, they'd have them all laid out at night spelling out different messages. It was really cool though because you'd be walking in the middle of the darkness and then you see these giant murals of glow sticks.
Starving Artist: You got to perform with Bulletproof and the Fool on stage at this years gathering, how did it go and what was the experience like?
Bozly: The show was really good, it was fun. The fact that we performed at The Gathering period was great. I've been telling people that this past year that I've been really blessed. I've been able to do a lot of shit that people take almost a lifetime to do.
Starving Artist: How was the main headlining performance by Insane Clown Posse?
Bozly: It was good, I wouldn't say it was the best performance I've seen of them but it was the best of them all at The Gathering.
Starving Artist: Did they have a theme to their performance?
Bozly: Yeah, it was a The Missing Link theme since this was the drop of the Found album, part 2 of The Missing Link. That stage was fucking tight. It was all decked out like a haunted forest, so the barrels were all stumps, they had these twisty tress on stage, and then at the back of the stage they had this giant animatronic Found head. They also released a ton of those paper lanterns and you'd look up and you'd see the fog and the sky just filled with them. There were so many of them, and then they had the fireworks going off and all the rides going at the same time. It was fucking beautiful, a good ending to a good weekend.
Starving Artist: What would you say is the main difference that separates The Gathering from other Summer Festivals?
Bozly: I would say the the main difference is that there is complete and total freedom there. Now there is whats called "Juggalo Justice" but that's usually when you're caught in the act of fucking up bad. Stealing something or just being a complete jerk, and just not being cool with the flow.
Starving Artist: With all of that freedom did you see people get crazy or was it more of a friendly thing?
Bozly: Definitely more of a friendly thing. Honestly I think it's better to have those freedoms because then you have the opportunity to determine for yourself if you want to have that freedom.
Starving Artist: Given the fact that there was so much wildness going on there did you see the cops messing with people at The Gathering?
Bozly: No. I heard about some of them but I wouldn't say it was more of the cops harassing people but more of them handling people sneaking in and people just being stupid and drunk and starting fights.
Starving Artist: A lot of times it seems like people misunderstand the Juggalo community. From what I've seen it's all about family and respecting each other, but a lot of people hear about Juggalos and they assume it's just going to be a bunch of people getting crazy and fighting each other. Where do you think these misconceptions come from?
Bozly: I think that hatred comes from those people having the lack of that same freedom.
Starving Artist: What was your favorite experience from the whole weekend?
Bozly: Probably seeing ICP's set. Mainly because I like to collect the memories of those shows in my head. Don't get me wrong, performing with Bulletproof and The Fool was fantastic, it's a huge back and forth battle between those two. But that memory of seeing all of those lanterns and the carnival at the ICP show was incredible.
Starving Artist: What advice would you give someone who was thinking about going to the Gathering who has never been?
Bozly: Go. If you don't care about the music then fuck the music, you don't have to watch the shows. Go for the people, the parties, the girls, the guys, for anything you want. You don't have to paint your face, I've seen people in Abercrombie and Fitch shirts there. Just go to have fun, it's a giant party 24/7.
A huge thank you goes out to Bozly the Clown for giving us his time for this interview.
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