So you got yourself tickets to that amazing new rave everyone’s talking about, and you’re in the mood to be raging all night. You’ve heard stories about the good vibes (and amazingly attractive party goers) that your buddies have experienced at a rave, and you’re excited as fuck.
Fast forward to rave day, and you’re head banging your brains out to RL Grime. As you take a breather, you look around and notice a number of people wearing funky bracelets made out of pony beads. What the fuck, this is a thing? Yes my friend, yes it is.
Just don’t let anyone catch you calling them “beads”. They’re called Kandi, and that’s what you’re here to find out more about. Kandi is a pretty unique fashion trend that you see ravers wearing on their shoes, backpacks, wrists, and even as face masks.
But wait, why would anyone want to wear Kandi? Well, my young padawan, while you might have only recently found out about raves, they have in fact been around for a very long time and rave culture is actually a thing.
Once upon a time, drugs at raves were referred to as Kandi , where dealers would don these pretty pony beads as a way for druggas to identify them. These boys were the original Kandi kids and lived by the PLUE creed - Peace, Love, Unity, Ecstasy. Fans of these music festivals thought the bracelets were cool, and it gradually became a widespread rave symbol.
Kandi is typically hand-made with pony beads and elastic string that you can easily find on Amazon, and contains a unique phrase that describes the wearer. An interesting accessory aside, Kandi is also an amazing way to make new friends at a rave.
What typically goes down is that a raver gifts one of their Kandi to someone who doesn’t have any, welcoming them to the family. The newly initiated raver in turn makes their own, and continues the tradition at their next rave. Over time, ravers began to replace the old PLUE creed with a new one based on PLUR - Peace, Love, Unity, Respect. The gift of Kandi represents the bond you have formed with a new friend, and perfectly summarizes everything that a rave should be about.
Now that you know what Kandi is, go get some for yourself and create amazing memories.