How to be a Junglist: Body Language

You’ve seen the hand signs, you’ve seen the head nods, you’ve seen the hugging. There’s a whole lot of body language going on in the junglist territories.

Obviously, it’s a clever choice of communication when the music is loud or you’re just out of breath from dancing. Hand signs and over-enthusiastic jumping is the only way the dj can actually clock that you heard the mix and really like that new release from Ram Records. But it’s also a quick escape from the uncomfort of the Blitz Moment. Throw a quick hand sign, and you’re safe again.

Let’s dive back into the physical world and have a look at the grimaces, the waves and the poses in the Body Language Special.


Chriszka the Time Traveller does a “having a good time” pose at the Byens Bedste Awardshow 2007.

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Svingsen performs a masterly double handsign at the garden party of the Jungle Monster.

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Liquid, despite hanging out with two red-eyed jungle monster maniacs after sundown at Sonar and thus clearly being in imminent danger, strikes an “everything is cool at the beach” pose.

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Casparados explains something important to Breakfast on the dance floor of Culture Box.


Chriszka the Time Traveller performs one of her versions of the Over-Enthusiastic Pose.

What you see performed here, right in front of the dj-decks, is the massive-appreciation-of-the-sound move. We’re moving slightly into religious boyd language territory here, but that’s how it is with trance. Rare pick of fluorescent backdrops in Nadsat, caught by

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Chriszka the Time Traveller does a See Ya Later-pose at the Burn Party, 2006.

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Chopper stops and poses for the blitz at the Pandemonium party in Huset. Scan from the 90s, courtesy of Mariiii.


Beach party pose by Chriszka the Time Traveller and Mariiiii – at the beach, 2009.


The Catastrophic Pose, performed by Svingsen and Lewis, at Roskilde Festival 2010.


Rockstars exchanging hand signs in Chriszka the Time Traveller’s kitchen.

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The All Set and Ready to Go dj-pose at the jungle hut before kickoff of a Private Party People session. Vinyls! Disco ball! Rare scan from the 90s!


The Tired Junglists pose. Very rare. Big up the Junglists Movers Crew!


Dominik strikes a pretends-to-be-thinking-pose next to a tousle-haired Tom Collins while dj Lab does some kind of Superman move in the shadows. I have no idea about what’s up with the The Ring-style hair weirdness in front. This is RAW, 2009.

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Massively awesome pretends-to-be-thinking pose by Svingsen.

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You know these hand-signs well by now. And the junglistic sun-cap. Roskilde Festival, 2006.

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Awesome vinyl pose by Tue Track at Statens Museum for Kunst.

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The I’m-too-lazy-to-use-a-glass pose performed by Feltman, Stella Polaris style 2006.


Ten points for this extreme spazz out, Bateman.


Chriszka the Time Traveller has another go at the Over-Enthusiastic pose.


Blitzed. Hand signs are thrown at the reopening of Jolene, Kødbyen 2008.

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Extreme duckface pose by Chriszka the Time Traveller and jonask. Morning style.


Chriszka the Time Traveller and Elisabeth pose properly at the Byens Bedste Awardshow, 2007.


A colourful mixed signals pose at Jolene 2008.

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Svingsen and Asen do a double beer pose at the Depeche Mode party at Culture Box 2005.

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It comes in many shapes and levels of difficulty. Here’s a beautiful double beer pose performed by Svingsen and Chriszka the Time Traveller in Shanghai, 2004. Ten points.

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Local variants: The Snaps Pose. ‘Tis the season!


And on that note: The even rarer Gløgg Pose performed by 2xChr and Thomas at Chriszka’s Birthday Bash.

I don’t think we could end this on a more christmassy note today, so enough of the posing and onwards with the pouring of wine and other christmassy countdown things.

Oh, but hold on: Did you miss yesterday’s post of fabulous costumes? Check out Blasts from the Past: The Dressed Up Junglists.

More body language, but in print? Have a look at the magnificent How to be a Junglist: The T-shirt Special II.

Did you skip a day of JUngLE? Go here for the complete collection of #JUngLEkalenderen, both past and present.


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