In 2004, Takeshi sent me a Bootleg Monkey with free-spinning sidecaps. I broke it almost immediately. But before I broke it, I came up with this combo, a few more that I’ll get around to filming eventually, and some counterweight tricks that were the infant beginning of my 2007 Worlds routine. The burst of creativity I had with that yo-yo was absolutely insane, and I was pretty jealous (but excited) that YoYo Factory got a reliable yo-yo with spinning caps to market with a design that was infinitely better than the one I left at Duncan when I quit. (I still have no idea what they did with that design, since it’s never been released. Although they fired the engineer who was working on it shortly after I left, so it’s probably in the bottom of a desk drawer some where…or it just got thrown away.)
The day I first held a YoYo Factory G5 in my hands with T-Stacks was the day I realized I could never out-engineer Hans and Ben. It was also the day I realized I didn’t want to, and I was pretty content to just be the guy playing with yo-yos instead of trying to design them. That was a big day for me, personally, and I felt a tremendous weight lift off my shoulders.
Yo-Yo used is the G5 by YoYo Factory.
Song is “See You In Hell” by Small Brown Bike. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
My favorite thing about this project, hands down, is finding old tricks that are 10 years old, still rad, and I’d COMPLETELY forgotten about. Found this one on a 2001 Mid-Atlantic Regionals clip video that only has like 80 views on YouTube. So not only had I forgotten about it…I’m not sure anyone else even saw it.
Yo-Yo used is the Glow Die-Nasty by YoYo Factory.
Song is “Overconfident” by J Church. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
This is one of those tricks where you feel bummed for coming up with it, because it’s just so much better than most of your other tricks. And it’s super obvious. To everyone.
Still rad, though.
Song is “Dead Season” by Anniversary Club. They appear courtesy of their own bad selves.
One-handed bottom mount? My trick.
Shoulder pop? My trick.
Shoulder throw? My trick.
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Song is “Never Say Goodbye” by Leatherface. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
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I made this up last night. I’m feeling really good about it…it’s got an interesting flow, it feels really smooth to do, and it’s got some moves that look like they kinda come out of nowhere. Success!
Song is “Scimitar” by Floor. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
This is one of those tricks where you say “Hey, check it out!” and everyone says “Cool!” and then no else ever does it but you. Ha ha ha…I have a lot of those tricks.
Song is “Bitethecurb, Bitethecurb” by Dillinger Four. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Inspired by Guy Wright. Like, instantaneous inspiration. I watched his newest video and immediately got up out of my chair and did this. Thanks, Guy!
Song is “Everyone’s And Idiot (Except For You And Me)” by Annalise. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Sometimes I actually surprise myself with tricks, and this was one of them. I was fiddling around one day a few years back and my hands just sorta….did this. No idea where it came from or why, but this is another trick that feels really nice to do, and it’s a move that you just don’t ever see since it’s hard to work into a freestyle.
Song is “Tonight We Are Gonna Give 35%” by Against Me! They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Another old one, from way back in 2000. This is one of those bummer examples of a trick name that was entirely too awesome for any trick to live up to it. Ha ha ha ha ha.
Song is “Dead On Holiday” by Fifth Hour Hero. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.