Everything to Know About Festival Totems

Everything to Know About Festival Totems

If you’ve been to or are going to any festivals this summer, you have most likely seen or will see numerous totems of different shapes and sizes abound! What is a totem, you might ask?

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A totem can be a flag or other artistic creation, which is generally attached to a pole of some sort that is used as a beacon for lost squad members, as well as a way to show off a bit of your personality amongst the massive crowd at a music festival.

This post serves as a homage to some of the best we’ve seen out in the field and to provide some inspiration for any of you out there looking to make your own kick-ass totem for your next festival!

Before we go any further, there are a few pieces of totem etiquette that are super important. They are as follows:

-       Never block anyone’s view of the stage

-       Keep it lighthearted, nothing political or offensive

-       Don’t go [too] overboard, the show is the main attraction

There’s nothing more infuriating than waiting hours to see your favorite artist to only have someone blocking the amazing spectacle with their massive totem. So please, if you’re gonna bring your own to an event, stand far enough back in the crowd so that people can move around you for a better view. That’s it! Onward…

We’re not ranking these in any particular order because we’re not pretending to be the authority on all things totems, so without further ado:


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Everyone remember to call your parents- it’ll make their day!

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Oh Tina, you nasty…

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No better place to make friends than at a music festival!

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This one goes out to our man, Ray Volpe. He makes us feel extra special ;) If you’re in Boston this weekend, come check him out at Sonia in Cambridge Saturday night!

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Would probably get stuck looking at this one for a bit…

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“Oh jeez Rick, things are starting to get pretty weird here!”

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This giraffe probably boarders on breaking the “don’t go overboard” rule, but who are we kidding, that’s pretty impressive.

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The rare basshead-elephant in its natural habitat.

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*Macaulay Culkin scream*

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The pug life is the life for me…

There ya have it, hope we gave you some inspiration to create something cool for your summer outings! If you make something awesome, feel free to submit it. Maybe we’ll feature you, who knows???

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