I got into yoyoing when I was 15 on my birthday, Marc 6th. I basically had really bad grades in high school, so my mother and father wasnt going to give anything for my birthday, but sister bought me a little Duncan Imperial, to give me a little something for my birthday, and I havent put it down ever since. So really got to thank my sister for getting me into yoyoing lol. Before I was just this ordinary guy, trying to findhis place in the wold, wanting to learn all I can from the universe….. yoyoing is my universe.
What I found in yoyoing was fun, adventure, unlimited boundaries of excitment. All I wanted to do from the moment I picked up a yoyo was learn every trick known to man, and to also create some of the most difficult tricks. But when I realized it akes ALOT of thinking to do that, I just make really fun, awkward tricks. I also found a new group of friends that I can talk to about something that we all love…. YOYOS!
I am a up and coming artist. I was self taught growing up. I taught myself how to sing, and a variety of instruments. I really want to master the piano. Some of my relatives, back in the day use to work with alot of artist Like Jay-Z and DMX. As of right now, I am talking to my relatives about making an EP in the summer called « Me, an Ipod, and a YoYo » I want to be the first artist to incorporate trance music and R&B. It will be very difficult, but there is no such thing as impossible.
For the yoyonation vid, I asked Pat in March if I can do a pomotional vid. She was sure. I got alot of respect for Pat. He hooked me up with one of his employees Duncan Saylor. I was suppose to do it with John Aaron Gould, but he had alot of projects he was doing for yoyonation at the time. So me and Duncan met around the yoyonaton office and talked about what are going to do for the video in a coffee shop. I told him, lets do it in « Times Square and run all over the place with the camera ». So on April 8th, we shoot the video, and like hundreds of people around the block were looking at me, little kids was running up to me going « HOW DID YOU DO THAT? » It was fun. I felt we could have done alot more with the video, but it was really cold that day, and I had to go to a party for a friend that night, so we had to cut it short. I really like the video, and I truly want to thank Pat, John, and Duncan for everything they have done.
There was a time when I was first starting out yoyoing, alot of girls would come up to me in school and ask me « Your a yoyoer » and I would be like « Yeah baby ». Basically the yoyo was my wingman, AND still is. When I was 17, I recently broke up with my girlfriend at the time, and I was this newfound single man enjoying life. Word got around the school about my break up and EVERY girl in school felt bad for me. They wanted to take me out, go to a movie, or dinner, walk in the park etc. SO I asked this one girl out, and we hang around Union Square, which is a real nice area to hang a the time. And we are sitting on the bench, and not one of us is talking, it was just dead silence for like 3 minutes. So Im like « Im yoyoing forget this chick » I start yoyoing, and she goes » OMFG you yoyo?! » and I was like « yeeeeeah? » then all of a sudden, the whole conversation starts shifting towards my yoyo, and by the end of the night, were laughing and drinking. She took me home that night and the rest was history.
Interview by Emmanuel G.
Photography byJoseph Chea
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