If you’re planning on going to EDC 2017 with a large group of friends, one fun and functional trend you’ll want to jump on board with is the festival totem. These colorful and unique festival accessories have been a staple at EDC in the US and, more recently, the UK.
EDC totem poles are not only a great way to keep tabs on the people in your group (it’s hard to miss a 10-foot daisy), but they’re also a way for festival-goers to express themselves and bring a bit of flair to the carnival grounds.
There are several guidelines to keep in mind when deciding what will serve as your ‘pole.’ In addition to the festival’s guidelines, which dictate the materials of and length that your totem pole can reach, you also want to keep in mind practical aspects in mind like how you’ll travel with your totem before and after the festival.
Some of the first totems we saw at EDC were made out of pool noodles; on its site, festival notes that totems made out these light-weight water toys are easier to get through security as well. If sturdiness is a concern, PVC pipe can be used instead of or in addition to the noodle; by slipping a plastic PVC pipe or broomstick inside the hole of your pool noodle, you can reinforce your totem to ensure it lasts the entire festival.
Pro Tip: Although it may be a few bucks more, it’s a good idea to opt for the thicker pool noodles.
Although less flexible than its noodle predecessor, PVC pipes are a lightweight and sturdier option as a totem pole. However, because PVC pipe doesn’t collapse down easily, you’ll have to make sure you have a way to transport yourself and your totem. If there are any PVC joints used in your totem creation, you’ll want to make sure you have a means of securing them, so your totem pole doesn’t fall apart when you’re dancing around with it.
Pro Tip: Duct tape is a great solution for this.
If you’re willing to invest a few more dollars into your totem, these lightweight options are perfect for EDC as long as they’re not solid metal. DIY Tip: if you have a pool cleaner handy, just make sure that the stick is hollow and lightweight, and you’re set to go. The frame of the net on your pool cleaner can even be used to support a sign after the net has been removed.
Now that you know what you’re going to use as support and transportation for your EDC 2017 totem, the fun begins.
EDC is one of the most inviting and accepting festival environments in the world, and its organizers are committed to keeping things that way. That’s why they invite festival-goers to let their imaginations fly when it comes to their EDC gear—totems included.
Colors: EDC is all about lights and imagination, so the brighter your totem, the better. When designing your totem, try to pick colors that compliment each other and, if your totem has words, make sure they’re easy to read from afar.
Designing your totem can be exciting, especially if you’ve never been to EDC before. But, take consideration of how much your creation is going to weigh. The heavier your totem is, the tougher it will be to carry all night. Ideally, your totem pole should be light enough for you to walk and dance with comfortably. If you’re with a, group, you may even want to take turns with the totem, so you all get a break from holding it.
Pro Tip: EDC 2012 was shut down because of high wind. Although the desert winds aren’t always a problem, keep in mind that signs can be very wind resistant and difficult to manage when winds are at their peak.
As the festival is called Electric Daisy Carnival, light plays a major role in the culture of EDC. Having lights on your totem will not only set it apart from other totems, but it will also make yours easier to see in the evening when a lot of the signs become illegible. The options for lighting are endless; all you need is a bit of ingenuity and time.
Some ways to light up your totem include:
If you plan on making a totem pole for EDC 2017, take a moment to review the guidelines for totems as published by the festival:
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