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The Art of Paul Escolar (In Memory)

A flier for an art show in Paul Escolar's honor. It shows a self-portrait of Paul in a Method Made shirt and a chain link going from him to a can of beer. The flier says: "Method Made SF Presents: The Art Of Paul Escolar (In Memory) - Saturday 4/20/24 from 4:20 to 8:20 PM at Method Made SF Gallery. Limited prints of Paul’s work & his collaboration with the Method Maker available for pre-order."

Paul Escolar was an extremely talented yo-yoer and artist who passed away in 2021. Though I met him through yo-yoing, I was always a huge fan of Paul’s illustrations and line work. The dude was a genius with a sharpie.

I’m excited that the folks at Method Made are putting together a show based on Paul’s work. The show opens tonight, April 20th, at 4:20 pm at 2544 Mission Street in San Francisco.

More details and artwork here

A self-portrait of Paul Escolar walking past a line of people. The people are all in corporate attire and looking at their phones. Paul is in a t-shirt and looking ahead hopefully and relaxed. The artwork is black and white. Paul's character pops out from the busy background by giving more black fills to his hair, pants, and shoes.

I had always hoped to film an interview with Paul about his art and the influence he had on the yo-yo community, but I missed my chance. I regret that, but I was able to find a rare interview with Paul about his art (which is republished here with The Method Makers approval)

And here is a great video about Paul’s influence on yo-yoing:

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Inverted Boingy Boing Tutorial

Pink text with sparkles that says "Boingy Boing", but the text is written upside down.

Ever since Yuta Ogawa debuted Boingy Boing in 1998, the trick became an instant classic. Every yo-yoer tried putting their own spin on the trick, like MarkMont’s “2nd Gen Boing” from 2004 or Rei Iwakara’s “Boingy Boing Switch“. My personal Boingy Boing goal was to be able to invert the Boingy Boing and keep it going. I struggled on this for years because I assumed that I’d need to switch the motion from my throw hand to my non-throw hand. I spent years trying to refine that motion, but finally figured out that I could easily do the trick without switching my dominant hand.

Here is my tutorial for Boingy Boing.:

And here are some other Boingy Boing variations from around the web:

And here is a great tutorial on the basic Boingy Boing: