Interesting thread idea.
I find that as I go through my daily yoyo life, I am sometimes influenced with concept ideas from other players I see around, and I am sure for many of you its the same.
Keep in mind its not “copying” or “trying to be” them, but you just take subtle inspiration from style, technique, and elements.
So pretty much, share who inspired you to throw today, maybe some little concept you saw in a vid that you liked quite a bit and took to heart to try to figure out.
Ill start this out with this video I found the other day.
Its quite subtle, but if you notice at a tiny bit after the 1.06 mark, he does this little slack thing out of the combo. At first it doesnt look like much, but after a closer analysis, and a few attempts, I found this to be a bit of a difficult element, especially to string into a combo so effortlessly, and making it look good is a whole other story. Its one thing to pull if off, another to make it look smooth and classy.
Also around 1:27 was an interesting little concept where he gets into a red gt via a slack from the throwhand and dropping a string. I was experimenting with this and ended up actually finding an entirely different whip from there completely. Sometimes error and lead to new findings.
Anyways, continue on, post examples of something from a video or freestyle, a concept that jumped out at you and led you to create something of your own.