Whoop whoop: Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition

Juggalo makeup, worn by fans of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), has been found to be a particularly effective way of blocking facial recognition.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation invested in a military-grade facial recognition company last year. Concertgoers who are concerned about such technology may want to consider becoming a Juggalo/Juggalette.

Twitter user (@tahkion) describes himself as a ‘Prominent Security Juggalo’ and found the black-on-white facepaint tricks most facial recognition technologies.

The majority of facial recognition systems work by detecting areas of an individual’s face such as their jawline. Because of the black bands used for Juggalo makeup redefines facial features, these areas are misread by the system.


Before Juggalos say their famous "whoop whoop," not all facial recognition systems are fooled by the makeup. Those which use depth sensors, like Apple’s Face ID, would require full masks which alter the actual depth of facial features.

Juggalo makeup is also one way to draw attention to yourself, especially given the FBI has classified Juggalos as a “loosely organised hybrid gang". The search for a less conspicuous method of avoiding facial recognition continues.

(Image Credit: Juggalo March by SullyDC under CC BY 2.0)

https://www.iottechexpo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/iot-tech-expo-world-series.pngInterested in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this? Attend the IoT Tech Expo World Series events with upcoming shows in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.

Related Stories

Leave a comment


This will only be used to quickly provide signup information and will not allow us to post to your account or appear on your timeline.