New York: the Empire State.
The state of New York is made for light shows in all its creativity and artistry. The city is best known for its captivating lights and magnificent art culture, paralleling our own world of light and art.
One would think that gloving, something synonymous with the representation of these aspects, would already be flourishing in this neon concrete jungle. But yet, it hasn’t been, until this year.
January, 2015: the small beginnings of a community that would come to be known as the Empire Flow. A community that would come to embrace household names like [NL] Finger Wiggles and TriggaHappy, teams like the east coast’s Northern Lights and the DMV’s Candy Lights, and special guests from the fingerstyles world Tiny Love and Nick Sektor.
Currently, the Empire Flow boasts an active community of over 300 members. Providing and organizing local gloving related events, the NY empire stands tall. As grand as its current status is, the NY community endured a rough upbringing.
Until this year, New York glovers were unaware of the concentration of talent and peers. They were vastly spread out and uncoordinated in the city of lights that many light show artists call home. There was no unified community.
Cue in [TNT] Havok. Havok was familiar with the well-established west coast scene, thus he was able to see the potential of a thriving community in New York. Having a vision for the region, a determined leader came forth.
Through his creation of the Facebook group Glovers of NY, now known as Empire Flow, Havok was able to meet other like-minded, passionate community leaders. With the strength and wisdom of a new-found and zealous committee, an empire began to rise.
At the start of this momentous year, the Glovers of NY Facebook page was struggling to stay afloat. There was little activity and no commotion. With merely fifty members, the group was practically non-existent. Havok, with personal and academic priorities, was barely able to create the necessary forward motion to execute his vision.
It seemed like a difficult journey was ahead, but things were about to turn for the better. One by one, Havok met the members that would come to create the leadership that stands strong today in New York. If I hadn’t met him on Northern Lights, a Facebook group that represents the entire east coast, there’s no telling where our scene would be today.
My brother [FB] Kronos and me, [FB] Vulacn were ready to set this scene on fire. Together we birthed a miniature scene in our hometown of Flushing, Queens, NY. Havok had no idea this underground community existed.
We began to communicate our interests on gloving in its entirety. Once we realized our similar passions, Havok brought me on board as an admin to the Glovers of NY page. With my availability, he was able to apply his experience on a larger scale. The group began to grow and develop, but we seemed to be missing the glue to hold the project together.
Out of the blue, Zero would come to impact Empire Flow’s grand scheme. Red with passion, he joined up and became the backbone of the admin staff.
With the help of his friend Astroboy, Zero organized a small, but successful FNL at the renowned Highline Park. Even with a small turnout, the admins realized the flame was ignited. All that was left was to fan the flames.
Regular Meetups Grow and Unite the Community
I helped continue this new momentum by establishing the FNL as bi-weekly. Meeting bi-weekly at Union Square, the Empire Flow lights up the iconic NY landmark, rounding up between 30-50 glovers at every event.
A unified community started to take root. However, the community, increasing in size but not in vigor, needed fresh blood. Then came [ION] Youngblood.
I met Youngblood at an FNL back in March. We clicked instantly and brought to light the ideas the admin staff had been keeping in its back pocket. With Youngblood’s energy and drive, we created a new tournament series: B.A.S.S. (Big Apple Showdown Series). With that, Empire Flow began to snowball into what it is at the present day.
The empire had finally risen.
Standing tall as one of the dominant communities in the Northeast, the admins now work with community leaders throughout the area. They strive for the best development of the east coast scene.
We will always strive to further the east coast movement. You can expect big things from us now, and we will show you even bigger things in the future. Watch the storm that is brewing in the east coast. This is now the rise of the Beast Coast Empire Flow.
If you would like to support the movement, please donate to our GoFundMe!
The admins not only work hard, but we throw some fire!
I'm the unknown glover making huge moves in the Northeast. I represent the Empire Flow and the rise of the Beast Coast.