The International Gloving Championship has been a staple in the world of gloving & light shows since its inception in 2011. We’ve run IGC once per year here in Southern California, which brought roughly 500-800 people on average, and offered up some of the largest amounts of prize money to be offered in competitive light shows.
Our mission for gloving has always been to pioneer and pave the way for professional light shows via competitions for everyone across the world. This year, the tough decision was made to take a step back from IGC in-person competitions, so that we could really build the foundation we need to get to that mission.
We had to accept that running an event that only 500-800 people could access per year was not the best way to provide an “international” experience to the entire gloving population that exists out there. We had to accept the cold hard truth that we are not good in-person competition organizers. We had to accept there were concerns across the board year after year–legitimacy behind the judging, things not staying on schedule or meeting expectations, limited access to glovers around the world due to distance, work, school, etc., along with a list we could all go on and on with.
What does all of this mean? What happens now?
Since we announced the “Lights On!” competition a few weeks ago, there’s been one common concern that has come up–the competition being a popularity contest. We heard you loud and clear and we’re making the changes you’ve asked for.
As many of you know, I joined EmazingLights 3 months ago as their Brand Manager with the vision of spreading the art of light shows as far and wide as possible, and I’m here to let you guys know about what we’re doing to make this happen, how we were able to make it possible, and why it’s important to us.
We’ve decided to permanently lower the prices on all of your favorite products across our site so that it is easier for all people, old and new, to get their hands on high-quality light show products. Now, you’ll be able to shop on EmazingLights with the confidence of knowing you’ll get the best price possible from us every single day. Many of our prices will be even lower than what we’ve had in our sales previously.
No more waiting for that sale to drop to get your set of gloves or orbits!
Our team has been working hard for the past few months to solve this before the 2017 festival season is in full effect, and after countless hours of negotiation with our vendors & manufacturers for better rates, we’ve been able to make this possible.
If we’re getting better rates on our products, then so should you–plain and simple.
Lights are expensive. Music festivals are expensive. Life is expensive. We understand that and we feel it too. Remember, we’re also light show artists ourselves who have to go through the same struggles as many of you guys do. As the company has grown throughout the years, we’ve always held on to the core of what we initially set out to do–anything and everything to help this community grow.
We actually give a shit because we’re one of you, and everything we do is meant to be enjoyed together with you guys.
Hope you can appreciate this one from us. If you’re as excited about these changes as much as I am, then just wait until our next massive announcement over the next couple of months! Can you guess what it is?
Davis “Skittles” Duong
Brand Manager, EmazingLights
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.
With the next FNL Level Up happening in just a few short weeks, I wanted to share my experience from the first event with everyone, and encourage you to attend so you can see it for yourself!
The first FNL Level Up occurred just a few short days after I released my blog post about bringing the roots back to gloving, so I figured it would be good for me to be present at the event to not only interact with the new generation of incoming talent, but to witness first-hand how much the scene has evolved over the last several years.
I’ve attended many different variations of glover meetups and events—all the way from the very first FNLs in random parking lots, to the packed & sweaty events at the first EL store in West Covina, and of course IGC, the largest gathering of both recreational and competitive glovers from around the globe. FNL Level Up was easily one of the best gloving-based events I’ve attended so far.
Things have positively progressed since I last stepped foot into an event like this, and it was extremely well-organized and fun. I definitely will attend again, and wish glovers around the globe could experience this—I have high hopes that we’ll get there in due time as our community continues to grow!
Anyway, let’s get into some details.
“It’s over. I’m done with this stupid scene. I’m laying ‘Skittles’ to rest. You’re never going to see me again. RIP ‘Skittles’. What’s the f*cking point? I’m done with this sh*t.”
I lost it. I completely lost sight of what gloving was all about–why I started doing this whole thing to begin with.
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve officially made my “comeback” into the gloving scene, and I’ve had some time to observe the many changes that have taken place since I first hung up the gloves in 2012. I’ve been able to soak things in, and figured now would be a good time to shed some light around the following:
- My thoughts regarding the state of the modern day gloving scene
- Why I decided to make a comeback
- How I’m approaching things differently now