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.
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.
“Glovers give me a smile when you are ready!” …These were the words I heard as I smiled anxiously walking across the room. I knew everyone was ready, but was I? I carefully watch as I saw a group of glovers breathe in deeply while the others yelled out their team names for support. You could feel the crowd’s energy in the air. I gripped my scoreboard tightly, nervous of what could be this year’s outcome. I remember seeing a glimpse of a pink flamingo dancing around in a corner. I caught myself chuckling at it and turned my head to see Mary laughing about it as well. From that point on, I knew this Miami BOSS was going to be one for the record books. With many unexpected guests from out of state like Blitzen, Brian Lim and Krusty, I knew that many glovers were anxiously awaiting for this day.
Being at FNL Level Up was amazing to say the least. Fire was being thrown and people were having fun, this is what gloving is about.
“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
If you are a glover active in the online community, chances are you’ve heard of or are a member of the infamous Glover’s Lounge. Glover’s Lounge is the biggest gloving based Facebook group with over twenty thousand members. It’s a staggering number, but a recurring trend we see is that a handful of glovers dominate the group with their posts. This got me to thinking: how do we encourage beginners to join the conversation without feeling intimidated by the space?
“Light Academy is a haven for like-minded individuals to share a passion with the notion that all scrutiny will be constructive and considerate.” -Chad Morris
I’m a huge #trancefamily fan and we’ve actually had Tritonal perform at the first ever IGC back in 2011 and they actually awarded [PM] Munch with the grand prize for winning.
With the opportunity to work again with Tritonal and their management team we really wanted to impress them and showcase how far gloving has come in the past 5 years! We’ve spent at least $5000 creating the first official Tritonal gloving music video. Expenses include securing rights to the track, gloving choregraphy, actors, location renting, videographers and tons of time.
I wanted to make a post addressing some of the things you’ve been seeing over the last few months about our products. I’d like to personally apologize for anyone who has had a bad experience with any of our lights. Last year we hit some serious snags in production and I want to show you guys everything we’re doing to make our lights more awesome than ever.
Before I get into it, a few things you should know.
I started this company in 2010 because at that time, companies had bad customer service and were known to ship out low quality lights, and I knew I could do better. So nobody has been pained more than me these last few months seeing all the posts about our top end products not living up to our quality standards. My goal from the very beginning has been to provide top quality light show products to serious, passionate glovers, and that value has carried us to where we are today.
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.