Lets start off with three facts about Coral:
1.) I am a coffee addict; I must have it every morning before and after work, and all day long
2.) I’m a fire performer
3.) I’m a gypsy at heart-I’m from Salem, Mass (the witch town) and I now live in Detroit, and I travel a lot gypsying around, seeing all of my friends across the country.
How/when did you get introduced to Juggalo culture?
When I was 11 years old, me and my friends used to do backyard wrestling in the woods in Salem. I remember hearing “We Don’t Die,” and thinking that it was the freshest thing ever, and made it my wrestling entry song!
What special talents do you have?
My talents include, but are not limited to: fire hula hooping, fire breathing, fire eating, fire fleshing, and making a pot of coffee disappear in under an hour.
What would you tell someone interested in fire dancing?
I would ask them what prop interests them. I would also explain that it does come with lots of practice, determination, patience, love, bloody noses, bruises, and fat lips (ha ha). But, if you have the love for it, go for it. It has become such a part of me and who I am. It’s a wonderful thing to share.
What would you recommend to someone preparing for their first Gathering?
Get ready to have the time of your life! The Gathering is a magical place and there is nothing like it in the world; just everyone being themselves in the most raw form. It’s so beautiful. Bring what you think is necessary to express yourself freely, enter in a contest, and enjoy being surrounded by Juggalos from all over! P.S. Bring hand sanitizer and TP!
What album could you listen to forever on repeat?
The Great Milenko! I love that album so much! ‘Under The Moon’ is my favorite ICP song. It’s actually just my favorite song ha ha. I have a moon tattooed on my middle finger, cause – ya know – fuck you and the moon! ha ha
What are some of your hobbies?
Drinking coffee, and hula hooping, hands down. Also, I like making beats, going to shows, and making crafts: sewing, making dream catchers, bleaching shirts, and making stencils.
Do you collect anything ?
Skinnnnnnnn (jk – lol) Yes I do. I collect healing crystals and other trinkets in my gypsy travels. Close people give me things like artwork, charms and crystals. I have a little shrine set up of all of these small, yet so meaningful trinkets. It started by me and my best friend getting each other crystals from the witch shops in our hometown (Salem, Mass), and once I started traveling, it got bigger than that, and I have a great collection going.
How long does it take to prepare for a fire hula-hoop performance?
It depends on how long you are looking to do it for, but choreographing is like song writing. Sometimes it just comes to you and get it right away, and you got a routine in a few hours. Sometimes it takes a few weeks to get the flow right and to remember the whole routine. Either way, its consistent practice and counts of 8, ha ha.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Before a show, I stretch to make sure I don’t pull any muscles, and prepare my body. Other than that, I like to smoke a cigarette to calm my nerves. It doesn’t matter if it’s 5 people or 5,000 people, I always want to put on a good show.
Who is the coolest person you’ve ever met?
The coolest person I’ve ever met isn’t someone that is famous. At my first ICP [show], I remember meeting two amazing people that changed my life forever. One in a bright orange jumpsuit and a painted face (Cody), and the other soaked in Faygo with the most genuine smile I’ve ever seen (AJ). A few days after meeting them, I spent a few weeks in CT with them, and we became very close friends. The way that they live and lived their lives is one of a Hunter S. Thompson manner – “too weird to live, too rare to die.” I admired the way they treasured things in life and saw the magic in the Juggalo music, forever inspiring me. Cody isn’t with us anymore, but he remains one of the coolest people I have ever met, and bring his bandanna to every ICP show so that he can enjoy it too.
If you had to choose one outfit to wear every day for the rest of your life, what would it look like?
Well, I would pick my full-sequin hoodie (it’s a Victoria’s Secret fashion show exclusive). I’m just such a lover of glitter, and it is definitely one of my favorite possessions. To go with it, probably some leggings for comfort, and my black boots to be prepared for all sorts of journeys.
How old were you when you went to your first concert, and who did you see?
I was 8 years old at my first concert. My father took me to see Shania Twain ha ha
What song title best describes your life?
Incubus – Wish You Were Here
I feel all the imagery in this song (“the ocean looks like a thousand diamonds strewn across a blue blanket”), the idea of this beautiful place and wishing you were here to see it. Living the gypsy life, you always wish that you had certain people with you in certain places, to have these experiences with you. Seeing the sunset from the mountains of Colorado, wishing my family was with me, or certain friends – knowing how they would appreciate the view. I spent Christmas in Detroit; I didn’t see my family; I wished they were there. Being a gypsy is fun, but no matter where you are or who you are with, you will always miss those that are far away.
What’s your favorite memory from 2015?
I always enjoy performing the Gathering, but my favorite part was being in the Faygo Armageddon at the Gathering. It so magical being surrounded by Juggalos while it’s raining diamonds! There is nothing more magical that those moments, and I highly recommend it if you haven’t done it yet!
What would you like to change about yourself in 2016 ?
I would like to change my hooping habits: to practice more, and work at it more as a profession, hopefully turning my talents into my day job. Also picking up new talents, such as sewing, to offer more as professional performing artist – making my own costumes and being able cater to my clients’ needs. And as always, staying positive and focusing on the light in the life.
What does being a Juggalette mean to you?
Being a Juggalette or Juggalo means everything to me. Being a part of this family is my world. I haven’t had the easiest life, but who has? When I had nowhere else to go, the Juggalos opened their doors to me, metaphorically and literally. From being an outcast in today’s society, to literally having nowhere to live, my Juggalo friends and family have always – without a doubt – always – been there for me: Rift, The Scrubs Crew, The Dickheads, I love them all. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for this crazy magical family that is so misunderstood. Life is so much more of a great adventure being a Juggalo. The people you meet from all over the world, there is magic in the music that draws us all together, and creates this space for all of us to be and fit in. I just couldn’t imagine how stale life would be otherwise. I love all you crazy beautiful Juggalo souls.
What is something you suck at doing at doing, but wish you were better at?
Making beats and producing! I really enjoy creating beats; I love music. I’m just not that great at it yet! I’ve been working on it, ha ha. I love creating something that is my own, then listening to it, like, “Hey, I did that!” It’s very empowering.
How does being a Juggalette impact how your live your life?
It has impacted and changed my life forever: the way I see life and how I live it. No matter what things are going on in life, good or bad, I have the most amazing people to share it with. If things are bad and I feel low, there’s always a show around the corner with beautiful smiling faces to cheer me up. It helps me to see the light at the end of the tunnel a lot. Being in this community has helped me to be a better person, and to embrace who I am. This community has allowed me to express myself freely, with no judgment and I am so grateful for that, and truly blessed to be a part of this world.
Messages to anyone reading :
Thank you to all who have supported me in this crazy magical journey we call life. Love and light to all of you beautiful souls.