When people look back at gloving history, Davis Duong (aka Skittles) will be remembered for putting gloving on the map. He was the first glover ever to eclipse 1M+ views on YouTube, allowing the art to reach new eyeballs around the world. Skittles is one of the few glovers to pioneer a full-blown style and movement, and currently leads The Impact Asylum–a Facebook group of light show enthusiasts dedicated to Duong’s very own style calling impacting. As one of the first EmazingLights Sponsors along with Mimik and Gummy, his contributions to the gloving community, his thought process behind gloving, and his “OG” flow continue to inspire both new and old generation glovers.
Fast forward to 2017, Duong is now the Brand Manager here at EmazingLights. With 9 years of gloving and community building experience, he is fully committed to growing the community that supported him through his young adult years and made him who he is today. As a winner of the Golden Glove Award at IGC 2014, Skittles’ style and gloving brand have withstood the test of time, making him one of the few living legends that is still highly active in our community. It is undisputed that his experiences throughout the existence of gloving properly equip him to guide its future.
I sat down with Davis to get his take on what it takes to become “legendary” within the gloving scene, and what it means to be an “OG” glover.
Doc is one of the newest Emazinglights Sponsors for Orbiting. Even though he’s new, he quickly built a reputation as one of the most technical & quick learning individuals we have on the team, teaching us a few new tricks as he came along. Since then he’s been making heavy moves and honing his craft, with next week being slotted for his 2nd takeover of LED Anniversary VI as part of the Facemelt Crew. We invited him in to film his first feature, and try out a few new designs we had been working on. Here’s what he had to say:
Who are you, and where did you come from?
My name is Devin Magnusson; I’m 20 years old, and from Vista CA. I’ve lived here for pretty much all of my life. I’ve moved around here and there but I haven’t left the city. Before I even started doing flow arts I was an all-styles dancer, with my main focuses being krump/house dance. Some of my favorite types of music are House & Future Bass, but now I’m really getting into Trance after i went to Dreamstate in SoCal last November. Continue Reading
I had the pleasure of talking with [3M] Jestafter his last featured video dropped. Getting to pick his brain on his super advanced concepts & thought process during his shows was pretty awesome, and needless to say he’s definitely lightyears ahead of the rest of the gloving world when it comes to creative new moves. As one of the most established members of [C]oncept [C]reators, the crew who’s sole focus is creating new and exciting concepts for gloving, Jest has some serious clout in the light show scene. A (GGN) Global Gloving Network Leader for Minneapolis, he’s not only pushed the Art of Gloving forward with his insane style, but also helped grow his local community and has helped spread the love of light shows for years. Here’s what he had to say: Let’s start with the basics – What is gloving to you?
My definition of gloving is this: Gloving is a performance art that utilizes LEDs as focal points on the hands, which are then used to create persistence-of-vision illusions *as well as shape-shifting puzzles. These puzzles, when set to music, make the illusion that the visuals are “creating” the sounds.
As the year comes to a close we can’t help but look back and be grateful. At our jobs, we get to spend every day finding new ways to bring the beauty of light shows to more and more people. Who could ask for more?
This year we directed that gratitude into laying new foundations and taking new directions. All of it was in the name of uniting all types of light show artists together under one roof. With that in mind, we narrowed down our highlights into this top 5 list.
Top 5 of 2016
It’s no secret that glovers and light show artists love to hit up kickbacks and flow jams. Collaboration and friendships within the community are key. When we launched GGN in May, we wanted to make it easy for anyone to find the closest light show community to them. Today we support 40+ active GGN communities around the world, including almost 20,000 light show artists.
Working together with Brian Lim 6 years ago as one of EmazingLight’s first sponsors was an unforgettable experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world, and I’d like to personally thank him once again not only for that opportunity, but for allowing me to come back and contribute on a professional level.
Yes, I am now officially working full-time with EmazingLights and joining them in a vision for gloving that aligns with mine–spreading gloving as far and wide as possible so that it can be viewed as a legitimate art form & sport. This allows a wider audience the opportunity to reap the benefits and joys of gloving that we have all had the fortune of experiencing, and then some. I have no doubt that my experience here will be exceptional, and I’m looking forward to continuing my story within the gloving world at a different capacity.
Ever since I was picked up by the Emazing sponsorship program, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel the country learn all about the best glovers and their styles in person.I take great pleasure in visiting and experiencing new scenes and meeting the glovers that I often only see through a computer screen. Two weeks ago I was able to go to Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, and I had the pleasure to finally meet the Outlaw.
The lightshow community has seen massive growth in the past few years. Going from a strictly California scene, to tons of new communities popping up everywhere you look, gloving is spreading its reach across the coasts and creating powerful new scenes. No community is a better example of this than Chicago. Having grown from a relatively small group to a powerhouse in gloving, boasting tournaments, stores, and sponsors, Chicago is the shining example of what gloving can become. And almost no one has had as big of an impact on a scene than the lovable Materia.
With Chicago BoSS coming up, and a legends spot at IGC up for grabs, I thought it would be nice to hear from the main man himself Materia. Materia has helped evolve Chicago in so many ways, and has been present for so many leaps and bounds in the community that it would be near impossible to separate his name from success. He’s one of my best friends and a massive inspiration in gloving and in building up your city.
Inside the mind of one of the scenes most creative and unique artist
Gloving has, over the years, produced some of the most talented and innovative artists. With near limitless possibilities at, quite literally, their fingertips, glovers have been able to easily create their own distinctive style that separates them from the rest of the scene. No glover has personified this more than Rhapsode.
Rhapsode has been, for many people, a source of massive inspiration. His technique and control are both top class, and his concept creation ranks among the best of the best. His style has evolved throughout the years, moving from raw and deliberate tech to smooth and hypnotizing liquid, yet still staying at the top level of gloving in any style he chooses. I was so ecstatic to be able to hear his unique views on the current gloving scene, as well as his thoughts on style, newcomers, and his own gloving career Continue Reading