Do you think about yo-yos on a deeper level than just “Trick landed, nice”? Then post ya’ random yo-yo thoughts here. I’ll start.
There was a topic with this same title that I found, but it was just another DK joke… but it got me thinking about a conversation I recently had on Instagram about whether yo-yo design is still progressing.
I think it is.
There’s a lot going on with yo-yo design right now: obviously the DK is just weird, although there have always been weird yo-yos around; A-RT is making unique “made by players with good taste in yo-yos for players with good taste in yo-yos” thing; Duncan, while producing yo-yos mainly aimed towards a broad audience, is melding uniqueness and playability into one (that often goes unappreciated by sophisticated yo-yo players who only use niche American brands); One Drop continues to make really different yo-yos that push the envelope; YoYoFactory always makes experimental and great designs while also catering to the general appetite; the list goes on and on.
The question is: do you think yo-yo design has or ever will stagnate?
My idea is that it isn’t, because the types of tricks that people do are constantly changing. Yo-Yos are all about tricks. As I yo-yo more and more, I realize that the “it’s not the yo-yo, it’s the player” stuff is nonsense. Yo-Yos do make you better at yo-yoing. There are yo-yos that are bad, and tere are yo-yos that are good. When you use good ones, you do better tricks and you are inclined towards inventing tricks more often (what makes a “good” yo-yo? I could go on and on…) Certain yo-yos are better for certain tricks and types of tricks and flows and movements and all that stuff, and as tricks continue to be innovated and as meta tricks continue to develop into different and new things the demand for yo-yos to accommodate this never-before-seen style of play will increase and SHAZAM, you have a new yo-yo design.
But will these tricks, these tricks that push the innovation of yo-yo design itself, ever stop being innovated? It’s a good question, one I can’t really answer. Tricks will stop being innovated when people stop innovating them.
Recall that modern yo-yoing is pretty much like 20 years old. Very young, very new. I think about what it will be in 20 more years and I have no idea what image comes to mind. Blank whiteness, emptiness. I have no imagination about where yo-yoing will go, and that makes sense. I control the tricks that I do, but not the tricks that everyone else does. So I innovate baby steps, and everyone else innovates baby steps, and it’s a big yo-yo society revolving around baby step tricks.
Anyway, I think yo-yoing is really interesting to think about with a societal mindset, thinking about the implications of inventing new yo-yo tricks and the importance of yo-yo design and what it means for the community at large…
Discuss! or bring up a different thought about yo-yo that you’ve had on your chest (yo-yoing is mathematical, yo-yoing is linguistic, the yo-yo community is a mini society that should be rigorously studied, etc…) I’d love to hear what random thoughts about yo-yoing you have. And if you don’t have any, I do. I have lots. And I’ll post them here.