Written by Kat Bein.
There have been a lot of changes at Ultra Music Festival.
The audience is over 18 now. And many of rave culture's familiar accoutrements -- finger gloves, glow sticks, rage totems, etc. -- have been banned under the fest's new Prohibited Items policy.
There are those of adult age who still cling to the furry-boots-and-tutu combo (essentially the boring, basic Barbie costume of the EDM age), but lots of party people took some serious sartorial risks at Ultra 2015.
Some of these experiments proved adorable, some of them not so much. We prowled the festival grounds, camera in hand, looking for the best of the best and a bit of the worst.
Worst: Shirts About Your Dick You're kind of setting yourself up to fail here. Also, it's kind of creepy to wear clothes describing your genitals, whether extra large or teeny-tiny. Still we had to ask: "Just how big is this dick of yours?" The answer: "Sometimes it hurts." Ouch.
Best: Stand-Up, Stand-Out Hairstyles This is not just a hairstyle. This is a lifestyle. If you want to get a Mohawk as legit as this dude's punk 'do, you'll have to put in real time and effort. Every day for three years, he's been sticking this sucker up, even if it means driving with his head tilted to the side. The key? Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray. The benefits? "Everyone knows me. I was just on the live stream, and my friends are texting me like, 'I see you! I see you!'"
Worst: Sexy Space Kitten Costume Kits We were initially excited when we saw these trippy babes. Most of the time, space is some shit that just can't be fronted on. But then we found out these girls bought their outfits from iheartraves.com, one of the more popular EDM attire websites. And honestly, if you can't make up your own scantily clad get-up, that's just unforgivable laziness. All you need is a bikini and some ribbon, it's not that hard. Do it yourself.
Best: Putting on for Your City This man comes from Asakusa, a district of Tokyo famous for its temples. Brilliantly showing off some hometown pride, he pulled together bits and pieces of each temple's traditional garb, creating a unique and inventive way to represent his city and culture. It's fun. It looks nice. It beats those damn flags too.
Worst: Chaining Yourselves Together On the one hand, it's kind of cute that you want to be bound forever. On the other, it's kind of weird that handholding isn't enough. Yes, this poor couple did learn the hard way, when they lost each other all day at Mysteryland in New York, and we feel for them. But doesn't being chained to another person for three days get kind of uncomfortable? There's no reason to treat your lover like the people of Walmart treat their kids, or how everyone treats their dog -- unless you're into that sort of thing.
Best: Synchronized Schemes It's lame when you get too matchy-matchy. But we've got nothing except respect for folks who plot a flawlessly coordinated fashion plan for their crew and pulling out all the stops to bring it together. That just screams: "We are a group you want to party with!"
Worst: Tutus Good god, people! Have you not had enough?!
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Best: Making Your Own Rave Costume Remember those sexy space kittens? This woman just crapped all over that duo's steez. She made this devil costume herself with nothing but free time, a creative eye, and basic materials. If you're gonna go full rave babe, put a little time and effort. Take pride in being DIY, party people.
Worst: Basics Trashing People Being Basic According to this woman, in order to not be basic at Ultra, you've got to wear something crazy. Looks like she needs to go back to the drawing board.