mr. john higby has been a hero of mine for some time. the metaphorical superfecta of his extraordinary yo-yo skill, performance, visual art, and sense for ‘yo-yo history’ placed him up on a pedestal in my mind from the moment i was exposed to him. to have developed a friendship with him over the years has been both humbling and wonderful.
so, obviously, the opportunity to collaborate with him on a project would be dream come true…
in november of last year, i wrote down a list of ‘rules’. these were intended to be both amusing and challenging, and most of all, an invitation for yo-yoers to take a ‘benevolently critical’ glance at themselves; to determine what qualities of yo-yoing THEY believe to be important. some people read them, and some people liked them. a lot of yo-yoers have asked me about the ‘rules’; why i wrote them - why yo-yoing needs them. i’ve thought a lot about it, and i think they hold up okay, if only to provide an impetus for questioning ourselves.
one of those people who noticed them was john, who contacted me pretty much straight away and asked about creating something together. needless to say, i was up for it. so, over the past month, john has worked like crazy to draw and ink a comic book which records the 66 rules, illustrating them in his own indelible style. he did this amidst the insane backdrop of doing 50+ shows in like 60 states (or something) over the past month, and i’m afraid his efforts make me appear way cooler than i actually am.
alongside the comic, john is offering a special ‘66’ version of his handpainted clear duncan proflys. they look stunning (i have to say, the pog art is ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE), and are a total joy to play. a lot of people have asked me lately about good, consistent wood axle yo-yo’s and and these painted proflys look smart and positively sing.
john’s got em up for sale at the link below (sold as a set), and i hope that if you’re inclined to pick one up, you find the comic and yo-yo as immensely fun and representative of john’s unique style as i do.
please check out the video we made:
and get your ‘66 Rules for Yo-Yoer’s’ COMIC and ‘66’ ProFly here: