Face Paint

Needs:

  • mirror
  • good lighting
  • good makeup from a costume shop
  • a design

 

 
     
     
 

At the time Dog Beats came out, Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope and Alex were talking in Alex's mom's basement about the reason nobody was buying Dog Beats. Maybe because they were doing old gangsta rap like everybody else. They needed to be different. That night they changed the bands name from Inner City Posse to Insane Clown Posse. Everybody like the clown guy on stage and Violent J had a dream about a clown. Violent J said "Let's all paint our faces like clowns and be the Insane Clown Posse: clowns who murder and kill people who deserve to be murdered or killed." That night was the birth of the Face Paint.

Insane Clown Posse had a big influence on their fans and from that day on, the fans also wear the face paint. Even similar acts adopted the use of face paint such as Twiztid, Blaze, Boondox, etc. When attending concerts featuring face painted groups, Juggalos often paint their faces in the same style of the artists, or create their own style.

How to do a juggalo face paint?

If you're ready to sport your own juggalo face paint look, it's easy. You'll need, first of all, a mirror and good lighting so you can see what you're doing.

You also need special makeup to apply juggalo face paint -- regular drugstore cosmetics won't be opaque enough or stay put. For juggalo face paint, you need to visit a costume shop or other place that sells matte theatrical makeup of the kind used by actual clowns.

The basic colors you will need are white, black, and a silvery gray. Other colors are rarely used, though some juggalo family members sometimes like to add touches of a few other colors, like orange, purple, red, or yellow, for accents.

Once you have your paint, you may wish to sketch out a design ahead of time so you can make sure to leave rooms for the different shapes. You may also choose to freestyle it, of course.

If you're planning in advance, you can get some ideas from other juggalo family, but definitely don't copy anyone else's designs. Above all else, juggalo family is about individuality in self-expression, so don't be afraid to try out your own artistic ideas.

If you need help starting out, you can, however, mimic the designs used by Insane Clown Posse themselves. Juggalo family considers that a tribute, not a ripoff.

Once you have a rough idea of your desired design, it's time to actually apply the juggalo face paint. Most designs use a white base, so cover your whole face with it using a sponge. You may also choose to leave this blank and just draw designs on top. If you use the white base, give it a few minutes to dry and set before you add more.

If you're going to use the silger-gray color, use that next and block in the large areas, then outline them with black. If you're just using black, pick that up next. You want to keep the design simple, focusing on your eyebrows and a large mouth design. These should be stylized and dark. If you block these in with black, you can trace the outlines with another color for accents.

Step back often to check your work so you don't overdo it. When you're satisfied, head out to an Insane Clown Posse show or another gathering of Insane Clown Posse fans!

 

 
     
   

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