Being someone that makes headspin beanies, means I've learned a few things about bald spots. One of the most knowledgeable about this was Flexum. Understandably, he has some of the best ideas about what makes a bald spot haha. Here are the things he said that we agree with:
I hope this helps you guys get some girls!
SilvaAll day, every day
This crew name generator is the (hilarious) inspiration for this post (go check it out):
Now that you've had a good laugh. What makes this so funny? Because it's real. I’'ve heard so many crew names that sound just like these. But breaking is about being ORIGINAL. Be yourself. Draw inspiration from other sources. It's what you've been taught in breaking all along.
Here are some common themes to be aware of (and maybe avoid) when it comes to creating your own crew or bboy name:
Alliterations – This is identified by a repeated sound of the first part in a series of words. Here are some examples: Funky Fresh, Solid Soul, Super Sayians! One of my favorite crew names I've heard in the past (other than my own) was an alliteration: Hardwood Heroes. I never did meet this crew. I think a crew that did this well and kept a similar sound ("e") in both words is: Supreme Beings.
Changed Spelling – Other common forms for crew (and bboy names) are exchanging the proper spelling of a word with letters that still match the sound of the original word. For instance we generally know that in English language, you make most nouns plural by adding an “s” at the end of the word. However, we sometimes change “s” for the letter “z”. Other more common forms of this are changing “er” to “a” and “c” to “k”. For example: Killer Kings >>> Killa Kingz. This may be an over used practice, but, if you use it, just try to not be to cliché! If Killa Kingz is who you are, then rep it well. Great crews that use this technique: Soul Mechanics Krew and Skill Methodz.
Acronyms – Another thing crews are doing that I don't get. Lots of times people enter their crew name as an acronym. Acronyms are a form of abbreviation using only the first letter of every word of a proper noun. So, “Super Fresh Krew” would be SFK. I bring this last one up because I personally enjoy and remember hearing a crew's actual name, why not rep it at an event? Just a side thought.
If you want to be original as possible, and you don't have a name yet, think it through. Draw inspiration from outside of breaking. My crew name, Amida, comes from the Japanese name for Amitābha Buddha, also called "The Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light". The name reminds us of the philosophy behind the crew: our unlimited potential through longevity.
Moral of the story: Think through your name. Don't just follow the basics, switch it up and be yourself. Come up with something dope like: Supreme Beings, Roxrite, etc.
All day, every day
To do that, you need to become a master at spinning. Spinning is all about Momentum. Momentum is all about Power, and Power is all about Freedom! The freedom to be able to do what you want, when you want #spinlife
Our gear can really help you achieve #spinlife freedom. We always say it, but if you don't believe us, that's why there's a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Try our head spin gear for instance, for yourself and experience the difference.
We use a high performance commercial grade acrylic mesh. It is that simple. How did we find this phenomenal mesh? We basically ordered mesh from all over the world until we found something that was made of the right stuff. Now we know our mesh is legit and so we are not afraid to sell it all day, every day. However, we will not stop trying to perfect its quality, because we know #spinlife is a journey and not a destination. #spinlife is a constant search for perfection of momentum.
We picked the kind of mesh we use because we found it has the longest "spin life.” Our beanies last for a long time, contributing to your successful #spinlife journey. Our material is also easy to work with and flexible. It doesn't have patterns, or clashing colors, it is pure, fresh, clean, and it's simplicity speaks to us. It knows it's the best, it doesn't need to prove anything. It just is.
#spinlife is not just a way of life where one strives for perfection of momentum.
In terms of beanies, "Spin Life", is a term we created that tells us the durability and quality of the mesh and how long it stays that way. We want to know how long a specific mesh can have the qualities of a brand new headspin beanie. This is long before the fibers unravel and reveal a bboy's head. We have not created any sort of scale or complex way to categorize different beanies' "spin life", but rather kept it simple and when we try a beanie, we know that it either has a long and fast spin life, or a short and slow spin life. When determining the spin life of a beanie, it really comes down to it's frictionless qualities and how long can it stay frictionless. Ours have the longest and fastest #spinlife of any beanie we've come across. There are only 3 stages of a headspin beanies #spinlife. 1.) Super Spin Phase. 2.) Useful Spin Life. 3.) Trash.
Our beanies have a unique initial ‘super spin phase’ where the headspin beanies are VERY smooth. This is because our mesh has a unique laminate coating. This ‘super spin phase’ generally lasts only about 1 month. After the laminate wears off, the beanie has a phase of regular useful life.
The second stage is, useful spin life, which can last dramatically different from Bboy to Bboy for many reasons. One of the main reasons is the type of floor they spin on. Generally this stage is about 10-18 months for a hobbiest head spinner and 4-6 months for a focused head spinner.
The last phase is when a bboy refuses to throw a beanie away and the mesh has worn through! We suggest bboys buy at least 1 headspin beanie a year!
We have tested our beanies against other mesh and headspin products. We found out that ours generally spins on more variety of floors than other beanies. It is sturdy and dependable. The best quality is what we strive for. This flexibility, durability, frictionless-ness, allows you to maintain freedom, perfect momentum, high power... enjoy the #spinlife
We promise that WANTED ✖ 1v1 Breaking Duels ✖ Denver, CO will be one of the best 1v1 competitions in the Midwest. With the help of UDEF and Silverback Bboy Events, we are starting this event off with a BANG!
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Voted by 303 Magazine for Best Venue! This is such a great venue. The floors are fantastic and there is just the right amount of space. The stage lights make the crews feel like they're they've reached super-stardom.
Denver’s best live music & events venue! City Hall is built to suit the best of the best. This unique events venue is a stone’s throw from the Denver Capitol building, across the corner from the Denver Art Museum, and across the street from the new Denver History Museum right in the heart of the city.
Here is the trailer from the last time we used this venue for King of Hearts 4! If you're not HYPE for WANTED then maybe you're just not ready for it.
See more here: http://www.coclubs.com/city-hall/#about
Check out this awesome mix tape from our facebook fan Ismael Telepathy Rivera, straight out of brooklyn, NY. He has been making beats since '95. He has done MANY things in the hip hop culture in his hometown, not to mention hosting bboy battles. Stay tuned for the final release of this lp as this is just a sample.
From the creator: "Peace party people, I cant stop and wont stop. Hip Hop is my way of life. This beat is off the Rammellzee project. This is a ruff draft. I could not mention all the crews that inspired this because the track will end up being like 12 mins long. So, I'm paying homage to the elements of hip hop and a few graff and b-boy crews...enjoy! - RUFF DRAFT"
Good head spins, bad head spins, we all see a bit of both sides. I want to address a few points most people will not consider. Most of the time when you see head spins, they are really good. I don’t think I know anyone who will attempt a head spin outside of “practice” unless they were somewhat continuous head spins.
When I first started training head spins I was in my basement on a folding table down on the ground and a helmet. Even with a helmet I still went through some pain and frustration. The key about head spins is that everyone including the bboys with the best head spins has to go through pain, tenderness, flaking of the scalp, soreness and then more pain! there is no bypassing any of it. no pain, no gain is still the model. If you can endure it all? only then will you have a chance to have good head spins.
Lets put it ALL into perspective. Helmet or head spin hat, no matter what. “beginners” once your on a head stand, all your weight and pressure is on your neck and the top of your head. If you begin to tap for your first rotation this will be the most painful part of the learning process. After about a few days and a few attempts, most bboys would have called it quits due to little or no progress for the amount of tenderness. If you can suck it up and let the pain take its course you’ll get past the first few taps within days. I like to look at this point as “hard work paid off”. Now that your in rotation most of the pressure on your neck and the crown of your head is now moving outwards. kinda like spinning on one foot with your arms out to the sides as fast as you can, all the blood pressure is felt in your hands and fingers.
Now for the riders? SOLID is key.. Ive witnessed a lot of people in my days trying to correct there own head spins once they are in a ride by trying to catch there balance. this is a big NO NO!!! My advise is to let the mistake fix itself. as long as you stay firm or SOLID your ride will continue. by trying to catch your balance, your probably doing more harm than good. By locking your body’s position whether it be drills, bicycles, 7’s, mushrooms, etc. Your wobble will correct itself with a little bit of effort once you hit a few rotations.
Another mistake I’ve seen a few people make is learning bicycles (one leg in front and the other in back) before learning what I like to call “chairs” (both legs in front as if your sitting in a chair). The reason behind this is because once your used to doing bikes, its extremely hard to learn any other head spin positions. Most of the other positions besides drills consist of using your neck for counterbalance. 7’s for example consist of reaching for your toes, legs straight and together while your head tilts up as if your sticking out your chin. A position which is nearly impossible to learn without learning chairs first.
I learned taps within 2-3 weeks. took almost a full month to just begin to ride hitting 3-4 spins each time. If i could do it? anyone could.
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- Generation BBOY Crew
We wanted to give a mad shout-out to Dance2Live for organizing King of Hearts 6. This 3 day event was incredible. Congrats to Havikoro for taking the 1st place. StrifeTV has put together an awesome trailer, check it out here:
This event was great!
We are super excited about this event. Our friend Airsick is introducing a "1 round killer" concept and it sounds interesting! We will be at the jam in full force with our Colorado fam! We will only be able to bring a few things. So, check us out ahead of time and message us if you have a special request.
Presented by Silverback Bboy Events & Sanctioned by UDEF
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January 18th 2014
6 PM - 12 AM
ALL AGES EVENT UNTIL MIDNIGHT. 21 up after midnight. DUE TO THE AFTER PARTY!! Details on that soon! Flyer also coming soon!
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE (Main Event)
1st Place = $750.00
2nd Place= $500.00
3rd Place= $250.00
4th Place= $250.00
5th Place= $50.00
6th Place= $50.00
7th Place= $50.00
8th Place= $50.00
ALLSTYLES CYPHER KILLER AWARD
2 Dancers will receive this award
Cypher Killer 1 $100.00
Cypher Killer 2 $100.00
SPECIAL SHOW BY: FLYBOYS INTERNATIONAL
Great Venue with very nice floor! The venue will be created into a party vibe type of atmosphere! This way there will be a lot of cyphers! And hopefully call outs!
For those who are flying into town. You want to fly into Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO! There are many hotels near the airport! However, if you need housing please contact me so I can notify some people so you will have a place to stay!
MC: Flyboy Doc (Flyboys International)
VENDORS: 50 dollars per vendor. Nice areas to vend! Please Contact: Erick Airsick Billings
Damage: 15 Dollars (It will be worth every penny)
Camera fee: $5.00 (We will have our own videographer)
Online payment is no longer available. It ended December 31st, 2013.
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE FOR $500 CASH!
This will NOT be just like every other event that you go to. All the rules to every battle will be noted! The Judges views will be posted on the event page and then again clarified at the event! All the Judges for the Bboy Battle will have at least 10 years of experience under their belt and are respected within the breakin community. Judges will be posted very shortly as they confirm. We have interviewed each and every judge we select to make sure they not only are good bboys but they also understand competitions and the art form. Lastly, we are trying our hardest to stay away from being biased toward competitors. Originally we weren't going to allow anyone to battle if they were in the same crew as 1 of the 3 judges. We decided if one of the judges crew members enters the competition that judge will be replaced with our substitute judge during that battle so we can eliminate as much bias as we can.
On the wheels of steel:
DJ: SoulRane (Las Vegas)
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE JUDGES:
Judge #1 DIZZY (Motion Disorderz, Milwaukee, WI/ Tampa,FL)
Judge #2 SWELLZ (Fallen Kingz Sacramento, CA)
Judge #3 FREEDOM (ENI, St.Louis)
Substitute Judge: TYQUAN (Mighty Zulu Kingz)
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE RULES:
1) There will be no preliminary round. If you sign up you will get to battle. If we have 85 bboys to enter then all 85 will get to battle. No questions asked.
2) You will only get 1 ROUND per battle all the way to the finals(see rule number 3). This will promote no holding back! This also allows room for bboys who don't have big names to take out a bigger name if they mess up and you do great!
3) The final battle will be 5 ROUNDS! It will be pretty impressive to see someone who can kill it in 1 round and in a 5 round battle at the end!
4) If one of the judges crew members enters the competition that judge will be replaced with our substitute judge during that battle so we can eliminate as much bias as we can. If both bboys entering have a crew member on the judging panel then both judges will stay in their seats and judge the battle.
5) Ties: We will not be using "majority rules". If judge A calls a Tie, judge B calls a Tie, but judge C votes for the guy on the left then the guy on the left will be the winner of the battle with 1 point. Also, if the battle does end up being a tie. The only way this can happen is if judge A says the guy on the left won, judge b says the guy on the right won, and the last judge calls a tie(or vice versa). In this case the judge that called a tie(who was undecided)will be the only judge in the tie-breaker round.
ALLSTYLES CYPHER KILLER AWARD RULES:
1) There will be a 1 hour segment of all cyphers with a variety of party music. Whoever kills the cypher the most in that time will be crowned cypher killer. There will be secret judges watching who is killing the cyphers during that time.
1) Generation Bboy (Denver, CO)
Because this event is now sanctioned by The Pro Breaking Tour we will need ALL COMPETITORS to register as a Tour Competitor onwww.UDEFtour.org. This is very easy and only takes about 5 minutes or less! Less than 2 weeks away! GET HYPE!
First check out The VocaB's trailer for some dope footwork you've never seen before! This crew, The VocaB, won our sponsorship spot for August. They put together a crew trailer together for us. We love this crew because they are heavily influenced by African culture and focus on unique footwork as they emphasize the rhythm and mood of the music. They shared some stuff about themselves and you can read it here. Thanks Gnaarled for contacting us and sharing your style with the world!
Tell me more about your crew. How did your crew get together? The Vocab is a crew that was created October 2012. Our crew consists of three brothers. We always trained together and we decided we should be a team, so we took the step and made a name for ourselves.
Have you won any battles? We have just created our crew a few months. We participated in one battle together and we lost in the final.
Who are the bboys that have influenced you? We are influenced by African dance culture. But, we watch some of the old bboys in the world like machine, alien ness, ken swift, mr wiggels, lil zip, k mel, frosty freez, aby, trac 2 and some of the old bronx bboys crew.
What work do you do on the side or are you in school? We are all in school. Cj is studying in a local university. Gnarled, myself, is in high School. Sknrock is at Technology Institute and in his free time he work in publiciti impremirie.
What are things you DO NOT like to do? Our crew has three rules: First rule is no biting! Our second rule is don't loose the rhythm. And our third is don't live a lifestyle without music.
How would you describe your style? We totally define our style as a rhythm of any thing or any sound we hear. We are African so, like our country, our style is a rhythmically based.
What are your goals for the next year? We are planing to go out for international battles and develop our style and dance. Also we want to use our knowledge to create a school here in Morocco, North Africa to teach bboys and share our beliefs and also our culture .
Anyone you are grateful for in your scene that you want to acknowledge? We are grateful for any one on the earth in this planet that respects us, our style, culture, beliefs also the way we dance. Also, we are really grateful for Generation BBOY. It was really interesting for our crew to do this trailer and it helps us and can define our crew and style to the world.
peace. love. unity. having fun.