The New York YoYo Club is one of the most consistent and popular groups on the East coast. They recently decided to start doing video player profiles, highlighting some of the regular attendees and their style. Pretty cool concept to promote the club and help spread the word on players. With two videos out already, be sure to keep any eye out for more on their YouTube channel. Check the first two videos below.
I got a chance to talk with the man behind Freshly Dirty, Alex Morton, about the beginnings, inspiration, and the new new of what to expect from this fresh new company.
How did y’all get your start?
So we started out last year in March taking a shot in the dark at making fixed axles, they were terrible in the beginning but we knew that we had to get something off the ground and begin building a fan base. That’s when Coffin Nachtmahr started supporting us! He actually has quite a few of those first fixed axles. After the first fixed axle design I started on the one that really got us going, which was The Traveller. Super simple in design, but with some good thought behind it and some good wood that we sourced here in Indiana. It just kept growing and we put a lot of time into the design and feel of what we wanted. At first I started alone then added my good friend Gerald Bass, everybody kept calling him ‘Lil Bass’ at worlds this year. Going to the World YoYo Contest was what really propelled us into building a team and really committing to this idea of a small yoyo company.
So Coffin, helped out with major moral support? cool cool. I’ve seen the Traveller in just pics and clips from Alex Curfman. You just woke up and wanted to try it? The supportive feel at contests (especially Worlds) will do that for sure.
It was my first Worlds event and I met and networked with so many people. OhYesYo is amazing, I shot and edited that grungy VHS video for them and then out of nowhere I received tons of OhYesYo guys and other throwers that want to support Freshly Dirty.
At Worlds we grew into a full effort, Gerald Bass, Arthur Foley, Charlie Byers, and after worlds we didn’t even have a bearing design and I offered Alex Curfman to join the team, I was stoked when he wanted to join! Dude loves his fixies haha.
Truly a great beginning story of the freshly dirty underdogs. So how about the name? What inspired you to name it all “Freshly Dirty”?
Underdogs for sure, but we like where it’s going. Sticking to small run stuff right now and learning how to do this from the ground up is what we do! I would describe things as such, “Dude that jacket is so Fresh yet Dirty” “Freshly Dirty” was how I described my style/tricks Cool, but kinda dirty or sloppy. Definitely a work in progress always.
Right on, I feel you. good stuff. You wanted to do fixed axels, so what got y’all to make the jump to Cardboard Dreamboat?
During Worlds last year in Cleveland we started talking about doing something beyond our fixed axles. Arthur Foley goes to school at Georgia Tech and has all the CAD magic, over Skype and a lot of input from the Freshly Dirty family we started a prototype that had aspects of our favorite things in a yo-yo. It had a lot of silly names in the beginning. Left Turn, El Crusty Doro, Dust Bunny, but we all kinda just went with it and everyone liked the name of Cardboard Dreamboat.
One last thing, before I let you go, got any words for the community?
There will be more crazy names/colorways and content in general, also looking to expand the freshly dirty family this year. Keep it fresh, stay dirty. Gear, apparel, and future collab in the works 😉 forgot to mention that. Thanks Johnny!
Before we ended our conversation, Alex gifted mewith specs of their newest yoyo, the Cardboard Dreamboat:
Weight: 65.9 grams
Width: 43.6 mm
Diameter: 58.4 mm
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187 in)
Response: 19mm Silicone Pads
This beauties drop on their website January 27th at 8pm EST.
In the last year or so, there has been a surge of interest in a skill toy called Begleri in the last year. Begleri consists of one or more beads at either end of a short string or fine chain. The toy can be flipped and twirled around the fingers to perform tricks. MonkeyfingeR was definitely where I first saw it. Now they are starting up their own Begleri team. Interested in joining up with them? Well head over to their website and hit them up by emailing them a short 30 second clip and a brief “Who am I” video.
Hey gang its time MonkeyfingeR Expanded our Minions Begleri Team. If you think you have the flipping chops to join us. Drop us a 30-second vid and tell us about yourself in an email. Head on over to mfdyoyo.com Video quality counts! Good luck!
Daniel “Zammy” Ickler brings Christmas presents early this year. On top of unveiling his signature model, designed by G Squared and dropping next Wednesday, he gifts us this slick new video showcasing his unique style of 1A and Möbius. Great soundtrack, great tricks!
The Wolf has been in the works for almost all of 2016. G2 has been working closely with Zammy to create him a signature yoyo.I have been making some of the highest quality yoyos for almost 5 years now. This time I wanted the challenge of making a yoyo for someone else’s preferences instead of what I wanted. Zammy was the perfect fit for this. Trick Innovator of the Year in 2014, and one of the best known players in the world, it only made sense to set it up as a collaboration.Zammy told me everything he wanted in his perfect yoyo, and I did my best to create a yoyo for that. Slight changes to the first proto, and we have done just that with the Wolf. The Wolf is a big comfortable H shape yoyo.The Wolf is expected to be released on Wednesday, November 23rd.
GSquared Wolf Specs:
Diameter: 56 mm
Width: 44 mm
Weight: 66.4 g
Bearing: Size C (Boss Rage and Boss Wrath)
Suggested Retail: $115 USD
The boys from up north, A-rt, just dropped this cool little gem online of Charles Haycock spinning a return top. Wow…Simply just a mesmerizing edit of Charles doing some of his best return topping. The best thing about Charle’s style is how skillfully each trick flow into the next.
Music is NSFW.
Rising from the depths of the dark ocean, Radical Seas has given us a first look of their latest yoyo, the Oracle! With bi-metal designs flooding the market, Radical Seas wanted to approach their newest design in a unique way by producing it with either brass or copper ring. Check out full specs below, and keep an eye on the Radical Seas’ Facebook and Instagram pages for more details.
The oracle was a copper bimetal idea, deciding to sub out different metals to show character of materials. The final design ended with a flush pressed ring that varied in material, restated design aesthetics and made the cup standout. The finish is a light beadblasting with 180 mesh media. The densities of the metal play a big factor in individual performance of each model, it’s pretty cool to feel
Radical Seas Oracle Specs:
Diameter: 55.4 mm
Width: 43.4 mm
Weight: 66.6-67 grams (based on rings)
Gap: 4.4 mm
Bearing: Size C
Response: 19mm slim pads
The Middle Eastern community has been steadily growing and it is fantastic to watch. I definitely look forward to seeing some more stuff from these guys in the future.
It doesn’t take much to make a great yoyo video. At the very least you need to have a camera, a yoyo, and some fun. In this entertaining video, Yoshinori Kawamura & Daiju Okamura throw down while having some fun.
YoYoJam had one more surprise hiding up their sleeve since after closing their doors. They just announced on Facebook that they filmed a spot for Science Channel’s Machines: How They Work television show. Be sure to check it out tonight at 10:00 pm EST. They honestly couldn’t have picked a better fitting yoyo to showcase in the promotional picture.