Hello Gloving Universe!!!!
IGC is THIS WEEKEND! Are you excited? You know I am since I’ve been mentioning it in every piece you’ve seen from me recently….
But now, IGC is here. It’s the event we have all been waiting for, the big one, the SuperBowl, the World Series, GloverMania if you will. This is the time when the best glovers in the world step up for their chance to show the world what they can do and have a great time in the process.
Yes, IGC is a competition, but it is more than that. It is the fruits of the labor that we perform to make this lifestyle as real as it deserves to be. So many people from around the country are connected by these silly little finger wiggles in one place. I can hardly contain myself, how are YOU managing to keep so calm?!!?
Let’s take a quick look back at some epic BOSS and IGC Battles, just in case you are not hyped enough already.
(Ayo?) Stunna vs. (Ayo?) Boo – BOSS Invitational 2011
Stunna and Boo were innovators from Day 1. Boo is still going strong, representing Are You Okay? (Ayo?) and the Southern California gloving scene, while Stunna’s legacy speaks for itself. His shows still remain timeless to this day. When these two titans clashed in the finals of the first ever Invitational Tournament, there was a unique feeling in the room. It was like everyone was about to witness the birth of an era or the resolution of a war. At the same time, it was just two good friends trading light shows… two really, really, really good light shows.
[PM] Gummy vs [TM] Physic
Speaking of epic matches that everyone was begging for at the time, let’s go back to IGC 2012. This was the final year that IGC was really only a “Socal thing” because aside from a few people coming out from Arizona or from Norcal, it was all home-turf collisions. This particular collision was between Gummy, who was the ambassador for the gloving scene, and Physic, who had taken the entire community by storm with his unique delicate-but-precise style. I know he has definitely influenced my shows, how about yours?
Turtle vs. [PLL] Lokey
Finally, I want to look at one match that is truly unique. This is between two people I know very well and have known for many years. For those of you that do not know, Turtle and Lokey are two glovers that are not the most well known, but anyone who is a serious glover knows who they are and what they stand for. These are two glovers who never once considered themselves part of the norm, never once chased the fame and never once sought to outperform anyone or outshine any other star. They simply love the art and stay true to their own style of expression. This video is two true artists battling it out and having a blast… how can you not get behind that?
You may notice that all of the glovers featured here today are not competing in IGC this year. That was no accident. This is the first year that IGC is truly going to be a national competition. After [S>] Parrot made some serious waves last year by taking home an Open Bracket title, out-of-state glovers started winning BOSS titles. It has really stirred up the pot and added fuel to the fire, as many glovers are driving or flyingout to sunny Southern California. This weekend marks the beginning of something new and very familiar. See you there
I haven't been good at these things since the PlurLife.com days when everyone just put their "festival resume" with all of the events they have been to. Long story short, I have been gloving since November 1st, 2008 and I have seen gloving go from finger lights and glow sticks to international publicity and Shark Tank notoriety... and I have an opinion about everything. (You have been warned)