Whats up family? I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk to y’all. As Menace posted on facebook earlier, today is my birthday. It’s a milestone birthday of sorts. I turned 30 today. Ever since last night, I’ve done a lot of reflecting. Looking back at the past and looking at the future. I’ll get to that in a minute.
For those who don’t know me, I am NaptownMike. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. My actual name is Mike. So that’s where I get my writing name from, my hometown and my actual name. I guess you could say I’ve been a Juggalo for 20 years, although I didn’t come to realize it until 12-13 years ago. I have a WIDE range of interested. Many of them I share in common with Juggalos. I love video games, wrestling, horror movies, comic books and shit like that. I also love some things a lot of Juggalos don’t as well. Racing, soccer(as seen in the picture above and the one that Menace posted earlier). I won’t lie, at first I couldn’t stand Juggalos. It was a situation where the only ones I knew weren’t exactly setting the example of what a Juggalo really is. I moved to The Colony, Texas in 2002. I met one of my best homies, and the ninja that really gave me a glimpse of what a Juggalo really is, Reggie Conley.
Fast forward to today. I am a staff writer/editor/I do a lot of shit for True Juggalo Family. I started with TJF a few months after the page went live. Some of you might remember me, some might not. I’ve seen this site and our community grow from less than a hundred ninjas to nearly 238,000 ninjas. It’s overwhelming at times. However it’s amazing too. I stepped away for a few years, for reason I won’t get into. I like to keep things positive. However, one late January/early February night I received an email from Menace asking if we could just talk. I added him on facebook and we talked for a couple nights. I eventually agreed to come back on what was originally going to be a limited basis. I work and go to school, so for most of the year, I have a very limited amount of time to put in work.
That brings me to what I wanted to say to y’all. I just want to say from the very bottom of my heart, Thank You. I want to say that to a few people. First, I want to say thanks to Mr. Hatchet. He was the original owner of TJF. One fall evening he sent me a message on the original TJF forum asking if we could talk on the phone. A couple hours later I was on the staff. Mr. Hatchet brought me on the staff, and we became close friends to this day.
The second, I want to say thank you to Menace. He talked me into coming back, well he didn’t have to pull my arm or anything, but he assured me, and proved to me that it was going back to what I loved. We are also becoming close homies through this. I am having a blast bringing y’all the news on the underground and other shit we all know and love. We both have Mr. Hatchet and Menace to thank for it. Or blame, however you want to look at it 🙂
Thirdly, I want to thank my family.. I dedicate most of the day I am not at home to helping run True Juggalo Family. Be it looking up articles, doing behind the scenes work, or just shooting the shit with you ninjas on the facebook page. I take a lot of time away from my family for this page, and they both understand and don’t hold it against me. I will never be able to show enough appreciation for that.
Finally I want to thank all of you. All 237,856 of you. I know not all of y’all will see this, but I want the message out there for all of y’all. I want to thank and show my love to all of you. Thanks to you guys and everyone I mentioned above, I have go to experience and do some really cool shit. I got to drive to Detroit a few years back and go to the Big Ballas X-Mas show and bring y’all a fresh review and some pictures. I got to go to some dope shows to review for you guys. I’ve gotten to listen to a lot of music and do reviews of records I probably wouldn’t of had a chance to listen to for y’all. It’s thanks to all of you, Mr. Hatchet, my family and Menace that next month I will get to go to my very first Gathering Of The Juggalos. That in itself is a dream come true for me. Something I would not have gotten to do without all of you. As I sit here on my 30th birthday, I have been thinking of all of this. And with a few tears in my eyes(I won’t lie, I’m a softy at times), I think about this and send this out to y’all. I can’t wait to go report on the Gathering Of The Juggalos for you ninjas that can’t make it. I can’t express how much I love y’all and appreciate y’all. Mr. Hatchet, Menace and the staff of True Juggalo Family, and my personal family. I love y’all. Thank you. Here’s to another 30 and hopefully many more years.
Much Wicked Clown Love,
Mike “NaptownMike” Williams