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
A look into the mind of one of DMVs premier lightshow artists
Gloving, like any art form, has its titans. These artists are seen as the best of the best, and who act as idols to those just entering the scene. Often times we forget that, while they may seem larger than life online, these are just normal people. This interview series will focus on the person behind the gloves, and you will be able to see how a top class glover views gloving as an art, their own style, and many other aspects of the scene (both online and in person).
In honor of the beginning of the FABLE Chapter 2 Competition, I decided to bring in the winner of the last FABLE competition as the first to be interviewed for this series. Considered one of the current top glovers, Outlaw has made his mark on gloving with a kind heart and a style which is equal parts unique and ruthless. He was more than happy to answer all the questions I had for him, and his humble personality always makes it a joy to be able to talk and discuss anything with him. He’s a dedicated glover, an amazing teammate, and a fantastic influence on the scene.Continue Reading
“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
My initial plan was to go to the Philippines and wow the locals with my light magic. Turns out I was a more than a little late to the party! There was already an established gloving scene in Manila, and some glovers had as much as 3 years of face melting experience.
As a testament to gloving’s progress in the Philippines, URBN Nightclub and Rave N’ Flow in Manila hosted the first ever major gloving competition in the Philippines and possibly the first tournament outside of North America.
The power of the lights we play with can produce a much more permanent image when captured in photos with slow shutter camera lenses. These pictures are a testament to the artist’s control over his lights and spacial awareness.
We took some of the trail art shots that spoke to us and posted them below. Brace yourself for some wild “paintings” if you will. Flow comes in all shapes and sizes. Check it out.
There is something occurring in most of your minds that is hindering your gloving.
We all have a perception of how our art looks to others around us, whether it be positive or negative. With that perception, we construct a portrayal of how we are perceived by others, that we believe to be accurate. This self-perception, that occurs in our minds, is what we call the ego.
Not only is this sense of self-perception completely inaccurate, it is also limiting your ability to grow as a glover. Learning about the ego and the limitations it brings is the first step in the right direction, when finding balance and maximizing the potential in your showmanship.
I don’t care if you’re a painter, writer or dancer. The worst part about being an artist having a lack of inspiration.
This lack of inspiration is often referred to as a “block”. Glovers have it easy compared to other artists because we can create our own inspiration and avoid this block all together. It just takes a little bit of hard work. There are a few very good roads to take when navigating around glover’s block, and I’ll be taking you down one of them today.
There is always a lot of talk among glovers about what a real light show is. In my opinion, there is no wrong way to throw a light show, and I credit [PM] Pro Heavy for pointing it out a few years ago. Gloving is a type of personal expression, and there is no way to tell someone how they can and cannot express themselves.
The two most common types of light shows are competition and festival light shows. With the passing of IGC and another festival season, let’s take a look at the difference between the two. Shall we? Continue Reading