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  1. 2 points
    I cracked a pair of sticks last night for the first time since 2011 or 2012. I really don't understand why I quit practicing freehanding on the norm for so long. Perhaps its because I started listening to other genres of music that don't inspire me to dance so much. I love those other genres, but they don't have that beat, flow and beauty of EDM that drives me to move to the music. I love glowsticking so much. It's such a great way for me to express myself and it's so beautiful and feels so freaking fantastic - and it's great exercise to boot. Once I cracked the sticks last night I found that I just couldn't stop. I practiced for hours. I remembered why I put so many thousands of hours of practice into this art. It's a part of who I am. Just like painters can't help but paint, bodybuilders can't help but work out, etc, glowsticking is something that's embedded so deep in my soul that once I got going it all came back to me and I did not want to stop. I'm a bit rusty now, and sore too from so much exercise I'm no longer used to doing regularly. My left hand doesn't want to hit the angles I worked for years training it to do. But that will change. Once I shake some of the rust off I'll start posting videos again. Just thought I would share my excitement at diving back into this wonderful art.
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    hey what's up youngins!(: i as a n00bie decided to pull out my needle and do some "THEARDING"(....not the best play on words). So I've been a member for a month now, and the word on the sticks is that US newbs tend to sign up, post a vid, then bail out never to be seen again. Now to me that'sa buncha jibba jabba, see im new to this site, but my passion for this art has been growing inside me for about a year now(10months as of yesterday) and im HERE to STAY! for years to come trust me. Getting to the point i decided to make this thread for US newcomers to show these vets that we're here, we understand what we stand for and want to be a part of this family. I feel that we are the Most passionate ones b/c we are virgins to this {we all know what that first time feels like....addiction} i know the feeling i get while stringing is impeccable. So us as newcomers are gonna have to reignite the flame, if you will, and carry on the culture once these geezers become old&brittle.xp jk So just post a little something regarding reassurance to these vets that we AINT goin nowwhere, and that we understand and are passionate about what we love doing, that is glowsticking and this gsc community!! -hope that sounds right, when i read it back, it sounds like Texas slang....ehh
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    I am writing this many years later after so much has happened on a site that I have no clue if anyone will ever read.... Glowsticking.com was the number one website for the art of glowsticking. It linked up people all over the world and allowed people to learn, love, and respect each other all over a 1$ piece of plastic. It was a place where we could have fun, we could be free, where we can learn and be part of something when some had nothing left. This was the safe haven for people who might not have anything in the world..... So what happened? Where did we all go? Why did the people who gave their all just...vanish... Let's go back to a time...lets say 2006/2007. The Meetups were powerful, the ultra circles were meaningful, the love for each other was at its peak. This was the family anyone could ever dream of having or being a part of. We were a crew, we were a family. We woke up, we practiced, we couldn't wait to show each other how we grew. We looked up at people as mentors, and some looked at others as their own little brother and sister. For example: I remember the First time meeting Azzie and one of the first things I saw was a motherly nature in her. She took care of everyone in the east coast as if they were her children, gave advice, showed pride in everyone's skill if they were new or veteran in the art. I remember going to my first meetup in central park and seeing just everyone was there having fun, people who I never met opened arms and it didn't matter your background, it didn't matter about looks, style, nothing mattered. Just pure love. This is what made glowsticking.com flourish. I remember when Sparrow and Photon came to NY for thanksgiving, my house was opened for thanksgiving dinner, since in my eyes, through a 1$ piece of plastic that connected us on this site, they were family. I remember a time when the love was so real others were flying in from other states for meetups, to see other members of this Family we once was, to learn and grow, to appreciate and love. So where did we all go? Yes we all grew up, we all moved on to careers that kept us away from the art...but what about the "youth" of the site, why did we not have successors to keep this site going? Where is the new blood in the community that was supposed to keep this art, this site, this family alive? I saw someone in another post state the following This site was never a ghost town once, you could spend hours a day checking on what others did, said, viewed videos, critiquing and giving advice on what a person should work on to be better then they already was. Then I stumbled on a post by Photon labeled "Are we elitist". As much as one can argue that we were not, It was a double edged sword. We monopolized the glowsticking community. There was no other site like us. There was no other safe haven for people to be themselves. From club heads, to house artists, this was at one point the biggest most badass website out there. We knew it, no one from anywhere else could tell us otherwise. We had the Ultra circles, we had the meetups, we had it all. We had members pay out of pocket for studios for other members on the site to practice, to join together, to share and experience. We had rules and philosophies deeper then the catholic church. We had beliefs and morals that were as simple as just saying "just be a decant human being and show love for each other." Damn I miss those days and would kill to relive every memory I ever had with every member I was able to come across again. But at the end of the day, the site turned into another Jonestown Massacre. But who actually made the Kool-Aid for us to drink? I know I am making some real cult labeling references, but at the end of the day the only difference between us and a cult was that...well lets look what merriam-webster has to say about what a cult is: Well I'll be damned.... The only difference was I guess we weren't a "small group". Then I remember That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named. A new glowsticking site which was becoming popular, whose morals and philosophies were a bit different then ours. A site that was more laid back on the rules and didn't care much but just was about glowsticking. But wait other sites have done so in the past? History does always repeat itself. Let's see, String-E People....and they loved their crews and battles. We didn't close then, and honestly this site was still remained strongest on the internet...but still we failed somewhere? Did we not install a failsafe on this website in case an "O shit" moment pops up? The wall around this website became higher, the rules became stricter, and there was more protective measures put into place to keep everything in its purist form. But is to much protection always good? Did the site shut its doors in fear the wrong people would join? This site always had lurkers, bad seeds, the site always had poisonous people in the community that were eventually weeded out. But how come the site didn't continue to grow? We say we weren't a crew, but we became so about ourselves we saw nothing else as "good" in our eyes. Anything else was our enemy and either they joined us or they fell. This goes back to being "Elitist". One website pops up and the site became so wrapped up in itself it choked out. #MakeGSCGreatAgain Close the borders! We only support one thing! China! Mexico! MS13! (Sorry had to throw in a trump meme) That was the last I saw of GSC. All my love and devotion was pushed away over the "needs of the good order of the website". Yes I posted in That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named, isn't that what love was about though? Supporting other people for their love of glowsticking? Even if they weren't part of our family? Still support them under a 1$ piece of plastic. All I remember was others were also behind me in a whole #MakeGSCGreatAgain movement. GSC was always great though. What happened at the end...GXG died out...GSC died out....What is left out there? The art of glowsticking nuked itself to death over nothing. I post this never knowing if it will be read, I post this with hopes that one day this art will become alive again, that meetups will occur, that a family double the size of what we had will happen, that the love and care we had for each other will be reborn. So how do I feel now looking back at glowsticking.com? Yes we were elitist. Yes we showcased and performed, we didn't do it for attention yet 50 of us would create a circle using Ultra's and move a whole crowd so we could perform, so others can see, so we can showcase what we learned that year and that we progressed in our art. A painter can put his paintings in a gallery and make 0 dollars which is essentially what we did. We went to the clubs, we showcased and performed, we had our own clique our own family. Doesn't that go against all our beliefs and values? We Kept the mantra of "Fuck crews and Fuck battles", which to this day even as I still practice at home I still keep that value, but at the end of the day...all we were was a crew so big that we stretched across the globe.... and I would give my all to see that family one more time....This is where I met some of the greatest people in the world, and even after all that happened with me, I still have love for every member I ever came in contact with. 12 years later and yet I still find this place a home for myself.... Icy Out.
  4. 1 point
    people have lives to live. most people went into other props, shit happens. why overthink it? what are you doing/have you done to keep the scene or art going? i'm sure life happened for you, which is why i can assume you haven't been active or done anything. post up a video. lemme see some content. i wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the community. gsc made me the sticker i am today. a place to meet likeminded prop artists, have a little fun and to learn and teach with content sharing. but if this is the community now, just a circlejerk, then i want just about nothing to do with that. (i know it's not a circlejerk) 12 years later and yeah, you want to feel nostalgic, but when was the last time you picked up some sticks or pushed a concept. looks like from your post history you just like to pop in every now and then, and leave. no consistency. before that,you made a thread about coming back...and then you left again. i get it, you want to come in here and feel nostalgic, flex on "newer" members. no one cares man. if you want to keep it alive, put out some content, start a meetup, teach someone at an event. threads like this sure as hell don't help your cause. unless you just want story time, then hell yeah brother, keep it up. let's go down memory lane all day instead of stick. just because you may feel like it died, sure as hell doesn't mean that it died. glowsticking is and will always be a daily part of my life.
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    I'm in the third one. This community means so much to me and everything you said was true icy in one way or another. You where one of the first sinor members I met at my first meeetup in 08. I don't get out much anymore unless I'm working or DJing a event. But when I do I'm normally the only freehander there. I feel so alone at times being part of a dying breed.
  6. 1 point
    Dave must still be paying a few bucks a month to keep this site running I guess. Or maybe he moved it to an old computer he leaves on all the time in his bedroom.
  7. 1 point
    Hello all! We recently got together to make a video in the Northern California Region. Please check it out! =)
  8. 1 point
    Omg I forgot how much fun it is to glowstick it's been about 6yrs since I've been on here.
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    Hi all! Brooms is the name of a glowsticking retreat held over the weekend of July 8th in Indio California. The event was organized and run by Nitro and Demo. It was a three day long event that some 50 glowstickers attended where we practiced, performed, and taught glowsticking all weekend. In addition, we held LEDstick making workshops, held a Gala Show, and had an Ultra Circle! The video I linked is part 1 of a compilation of footage from the Gala Show. Please enjoy! More videos will be released in the coming weeks.
  10. 1 point
    Yeah... I know you guys might not like this, but I agree with Osho. These rules are dumb. Glowstick at a school dance if you want.I don't care about the culture. I just want to dance and have fun anywhere. What do you mean people in high school are going to understand? What is there to understand? He's dancing with glowsticks. That looks cool and it's fun. Who cares if you perform at a talent show? Everybody's going to see it and think it's awesome. Nothing bad is going to come from it. All of this stuff in your heads.
  11. 1 point
    DOPE sick stuff man! i havnt been on in like 6 years XD but holy good to see ppl still going at it and doing amazing things
  12. 1 point
    I decided to film a video and post it on here. Haven't filmed in a while, and I'm kinda out of practice. But it really was fun to pick up my sticks again.
  13. 1 point
    this was a cool thread to start. +1
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    and some other stuff =3