Face painting is the artistic application of cosmetic "paint" to a person's face. There are special water-based cosmetic "paints" made for face painting. The images, in most cases, consist of a body of white painting with black shapes and figures. Black and white face paint is the most commonly used, although color face paint is also present.


On April 15, 1991, Esham released the album Homey Don't Play, which marked the debut of the persona "Homey the Clown." The EP's cover, which depicted Esham wearing clown paint, inspired the gangsta rap group Inner City Posse to use a clown-painted hype man with their act.[1] After the group underwent a change to become Insane Clown Posse, they decided to don face paint due to the success of their former hype man.[2] As Insane Clown Posse grew, they began to influence similar acts who also adopted the use of face paint, such as Blaze Ya Dead Homie[3] and Boondox.[4] The group later coined the term "wicked clowns" to describe their new evil clown personas.

Face painting in Juggalo cultureEdit

Face painting is an activity done largely throughout Juggalo culture.[5][6] When attending concerts featuring face painted groups, Juggalos often paint their faces in the same style of the artists, or create their own style.[5] The craft is practiced in music by Tech N9ne, several members of Slipknot, and the entire roster of Psychopathic Records. Face painting has also been used throughout the history of professional wrestling. Some wrestlers who have identified themselves as Juggalos are known for their use of face paint, such as Vampiro and occasionally Kazushige Nosawa.[7][8]

See alsoEdit


  1. Bruce, Joseph (June 25, 2004). "Weekly Freekly: 2". Psychopathic Records. Archived from the original on 2002-09-03. Retrieved on 2008-08-17.
  2. Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin. "The Dark Carnival". in Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 174–185. ISBN 09741846083. 
  3. "Blaze Ya Dead Homie > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
  4. "Boondox > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mike Brown (July 2008). "Mike Brown's Juggalodown". SLUG Magazine. Retrieved on 8 July 2009.
  6. McDevitt, Katie (July 27, 2008). "Fans or gang? Meet the Juggalos". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved on 4 April 2009. 
  7. Corporal Robinson (June 12, 2007). "The State of the Game". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved on 2009-04-07.
  8. Vampiro (July 07, 2006). "For my Juggalo brothers and sisters". MySpace. Retrieved on 2009-04-07.

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