For our 10 year anniversary, we’d like to share some things we’ve learned about how breaking makes life seem easier and how life and breaking are similar.
1.) Breaking makes life seam easier
We have all heard that “breaking ain't easy”, and that's because it is not! Not at all! Breaking is the hardest thing I've done. It makes everything else EASY.
I've worked my whole life at it (14 years) and I still wouldn't consider myself a great bboy. It is a life long learning process. I know that if I keep pushing, keep focusing, keep having fun, keep training day after day, keep going to workshops and linking up with great bboys and picking their brain, and continuing to immerse myself in this culture, I'll continue to improve and grow. What's great about this method?
YOU CAN IMPROVE AND GROW AT ANYTHING YOU APPLY THIS METHOD TO AND NOTHING IS AS HARD AS BREAKING.
Do you want to play guitar? Start a business? Speak another language? Talk to more girls? Do good in school?
Well then you've already got it figured out! Apply HOW you've learned breaking, to that other activity and you'll be a superstar at it in to time!
2.) 10 ways breaking and life are similar
“Spin-life” is a fancy term I made up to describe the useful life of a headspin beanie. We have tested all the major brands on the market and have found that, of course, ours are by far outlast the competition.
(Yes, I have actually tested the spin life of Generation BBOY headspin beanies compared to others and we ROCK!)
For a headspin beanie to “last” it cannot unravel; have loose threads; or have any tears or holes in the mesh. ALL beanies will shrink a little and lose their elasticity due to washing and just general wear and tear, which we also have a solution for with our Quick Strap.
I can tell you that one of our beanies will “last” a legit head spinner about 6-7 months. This head spinner I am referring to is THE person in your state/hometown/area that you think of when someone asks, “who has the best headspins in this town, cowboy?”.
Most bboys don't headspin this much, but if you ask them, they'll tell you the joys of a brand new headspin beanie. If THEY haven't been using one of ours, it's probably because they don't know about us yet, TELL THEM PLEASE!
For the average bboy a Generation BBOY headspin beanie can last for YEARS. We have had guys contact us up to us years later saying they bought a beanie at “Freestyle Session 12”, and they just now need another one. Holy Cow!
For comparison, I recently bought a $30 headspin beanie from a competitor that UNRAVELED AT THE SEAMS and the MESH TORE IN 1 MONTH of use... Don't get ripped off!
We are the ONLY brand that seriously uses headspin beanies AND makes them.
Off on another adventure,
All day, every day.
Why do we continuously pursue something that seems ridiculous? After all, sometimes it will take a year to see progress. Sometimes you will have an off training day and you cannot make any of your sets work. It gets frustrating. Here at Generation BBoy, each of us train. We know what success and what failure feels like. We push our community to grow though events like the Rocky Mountain Breaking League.
With this in mind, it is a big deal to succeed at a difficult move. It is rewarding to do something so unique and hard. Something that makes people stop walking on the street and gasp in awe. Just like any other hobby, competing (battling), is rewarding within itself. I remember vividly the first time I moved on past preliminaries. While I did not win, I knew that I was not crazy. I knew that this passion of mine was a talent too. I knew that there were other people in the world who found this whole hip-hop scene just as enticing as I do.
Not only is it unique and rewarding but it also gives us a community. The breaking and hip-hop community in Colorado is inclusive, talented, and enthusiastic (among many other things). People come together under something that is so hard to do. That creates a bond almost nothing else can.
There are many reasons we break. There are many reasons besides being unique; rewarding; and having an amazing community. In fact, there are so many reasons it is not possible to fit it all on this blog! Why do you continue to break? Comment below and share your motivation!
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
Here in Colorado the excitement was high the rainy morning of Saturday, June 8th. Why you ask? Denver, Colorado was chosen as the host for the mid west region BC One Cypher. Walking to the event I noticed the great amount of dressed up socialites going to events next door. BC One was going on right next to where Wicked was being shown! Hosted at one of the most prestigious event halls (where the Colorado symphony plays) it was not only a great event but a wonderful venue.
Let's get to the actual event. Ivan the Urban Action Figure was the host and did not stop bouncing around getting the crowd hype. There was not one lull in the cypher with Ivan around. The judges were RoxRite, YNOT, and Asia Yu. Skeme Richards was the DJ and did a phenomenal job.
Terrific Terry, a member of the same crew (Amida) as our CEO, Silvish, was in the battle and that was one of millions of reasons Generation BBoy showed up to the event in full force. Terrific Terry, among others, kept the crowd reminded of what amazing footwork, threads, and musicality looks like while others, like Kid Cruz, kept the crowd astonished with his power and pzazz. It was cool to see the the individuality and expression of each dancer. The final ended up being between Data from Soul Mechanics Krew and Kid Cruz from Bedtime Monstaz. The winner: Kid Cruz!
Thank you Red Bull for supporting the scene.
- Generation BBoy
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!
Presented by the Pro Breaking Tour & Sactioned by UDEF - Pro Breaking Tour - UDEFtour.org
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"