I think a good spin off topic in general would be the whole “image” of yo-yoing. I go to contests and look around the room, and everything looks so “squeaky clean,” nothing too edgy in the room. That’s my opinion and my observation. I think there is some room for diversity, such as the group of yo-yoers who are tattooed and have something in common, I think that is rather cool (I forget the name of the group).
I was also curious about the bandana, and a small part of it is culture, I’m sure. Most people here wear them on their head, hanging from a pocket, or even around their neck…before wrapping it around their face. There aren’t many people yo-yoing here wearing them, so if someone does, I can understand why they would ask about what it might represent (if anything at all). Frodoslair obviously posting from South Africa, about an article published in South Africa, and sharing it on a board owned and operated in the U.S.A., to be shared with members majority living in the U.S.A. was bound to generate some questions whatever they might be. That should be no surprise really. Beyond “congratulations” the discussion can have more value. That is the benefit of taking advantage of the diversity we have here on the board. It turns out the meaning of the bandana was not that deep at all, just a bandana.
But, as frodoslair mentioned, he will get more attention wearing the bandana than without it. I have to admit that if I was not familiar with yo-yo, and I was flipping through the pages of a newspaper and stumbled on a masked man (so to speak) holding a yo-yo, I am more likely to read on to uncover the mystery. Journalists make headlines and choose photos that will grab your attention, and it is something we see all the time.
The option to go with that photo, and tell the story in that way, is up to the writer. Frodoslair as the subject just tells his story, and probably does not see what photo or words they decide to run with until it’s done and published. I’m sure they had options, and they made the final decisions. Anyone with further inquiry about his group will go to the link he provided in the thread and see that it is just another yo-yo club type atmosphere like anything else we see. For those who don’t like the bandana, they have a right not to like it. I have tattoos, and I have friends who hate tattoos. They have their right not to like it, and I have my right not to care. That’s life I guess.
By the way, the Mortal Kombat yo-yo style video was pretty cool. I haven’t played the game since Sega Genesis, but it’s a classic.