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.
Insight from glovings rubber-wristed whip king
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
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.
“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
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.