A juggalo, or a fan of the Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse, is one of the most hardcore music fans you’ll ever meet. Juggalos are known in the underground music world, and among each other, for being fiercely devoted to ICP and all the other related juggalo acts.
So it makes sense that if you’re a serious juggalo, you might want to commemorate your fandom with an ICP tattoo, maybe specifically a hatchetman tattoo.
In fact, if you go to any serious juggalo concert or gathering, you’ll notice that seemingly every other fan has a hatchetman tattoo or another kind of ICP tattoo. But of course, since tattoos are permanent and highly individual, you’ll want to carefully consider the design for your own juggalo tattoo. If you’re ready to get an ICP tattoo, here are some ideas for inspiration:
The Hatchetman Logo: Of course, this is one of the most popular ICP tattoo designs. A hatchetman tattoo could be done in a number of ways. You could get a hatchetman tattoo pretty straightforward, using the classic logo, or you could design a hatchetman tattoo that incorporates the logo into a larger design.
Consider adding some personally meaningful ICP lyrics around your hatchetman tattoo, or adding a colorful background of your choice to your hatchetman tattoo.
Portraits: Don’t want a hatchetman tattoo, or have one already? Are you the most dedicated juggalo you know? Why not consider portraits for your ICP tattoo?
A portrait-centered ICP tattoo can either be photorealistic, depicting Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope in great detail, or it can be a more stylized version of them in their face paint. Check out your favorite photos of the group and take them to a trusted artist — portrait tattoos are tricky!
Album Artwork: ICP is known for its highly thought out album artwork, and this plus the design of liner notes and posters can offer a wealth of ideas for your ICP tattoo. You might try the design of the joker card corresponding to your favorite Dark Carnival album. Or, you could have a talented artist make up a new design based on your own idea of the Dark Carnival.
Lyrics: Maybe certain lryics about the juggalo lifestyle, or any other aspect of life, have touched you. Why not consider getting some of these inked on you for your ICP tattoo? You might get the lyrics on their own in a fancy script, or you might incorporate them into a design involving more graphic elements.
Although script and lettering seems easy, make sure you trust your artist, as it’s harder to get right than it seems. And of course, double-check the spelling and punctuation — you wouldn’t want your prized juggalo tattoo to be a source of embarrassment instead of pride!