Illustrated Thoughts VII; Child-like Ravers
Having had the pleasure of attending a fair number of “raves” in the Seattle area, I’ve found myself perpetually fascinated by the sheer amount of fur, feathers, glow sticks, body paint, stuffed animals, beads, glitter, wands, blow pops, candy necklaces, highlighters, rainbow socks, and pacifiers that feature in the nights. If it weren’t for all the pantless women, you can almost imagine you’re mistakenly attending an overblown, spoilt third-grader’s birthday party.
A few rave-specific concepts to add to your lexicon, courtesy of Urban Dictionary and the trolling of some rave forums:
- Kandi – Bracelets made out of chunky beads or pony beads of many colours given away or traded as friendly gestures between people who meet at parties and raves. ”Kandi Kids” swap kandi by holding hands, performing the hand gestures for their unofficial slogan “Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect (PLUR),” and interlocking their fingers to slide the bracelet from one person to the other.
- Raver Name – An alias one goes by at raves, often silly and frivolous. Given to you by someone you meet at a rave, who then becomes your “rave parent” (these can turn into elaborate “rave families,” bonded groups who attend events together). Examples: Kitty, Energy, Smurf, Starbright, Beat, Virus, Blacklight Luminescence, Glowpaint Spazz.
- Raver Goo – When a lot of people are packed into a space with poor ventilation dancing all night, their collective body heat creates a mini atmosphere called “raver goo”. Essentially, the sweat evaporates off their bodies and condenses on the ceiling. This then rains down on the venue in a foggy-cloud. Mmmmmm, yum.