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Miya Song Top 5 DAMA Setups

 

CCS tamaKeyaki Ozora Ken
The CCS•keyaki is a very sentimental setup to me. I used it to compete in MKO which was my first real event. Not to mention the colors go extremely well together.

Natty Classic
I’ve been jamming my natty classic non stop and has grown to become one of my go to setups. I love seeing the work and break in put into a Kendama, especially natty’s.

Green Ozora
A green Ozora was my first Kendama and is still one of favorite Kendama to play till this day. I love the classic feel of an Ozora and it always brings back memories of my first tricks.

Half Split Kaizens
Half Split Kaizens are one of my favorite Kendamas from Kusa. They’re extremely jam-able and colors always come correct.

Zebrano tamaTk-16 Ken
The zebrano•tk-16 is probably one of the best natty setups I’ve played to date. It breaks in perfect for stalls, durable, and looks super clean in my opinion. A solid jammer forsure.

 

 

 

 

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Catch & Flow 2016 Recap

Catch & Flow 2016 was a smashing success! Congrats to Jake Fisher for taking 1st place. Our very own Wyatt Bray took 2nd and KROM’s Bonz Atron took 3rd. The event was full of shredders from around the world showing off their style and flow in this freestyle event. It was awesome to have Nobu and Jake MC the event again this year and bring that extra energy to the stage.

Here is what Kenyatta and Dave thought of the event:

“Catch & Flow was definitely an experience of a lifetime! Everything was beyond memorable from seeing Friends halfway across the world to meeting new Japanese players I didn’t think I would ever have opportunity to meet. I loved the vibe of the competition. Awesome to have Harold DJing the event. I genuinely felt love from everyone I was fortunate enough to let and spend time with. I truly look forward to next years event.” – Kenyatta

“This years Catch & Flow competition was another epic one for the history books, the talent and skill level just gets more and more insane every year.” -Dave.

 

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Artist Spotlight: Painted Bluu

“I never want to stop creating.  I hope I get to spend every day being an artist.” – Madison Morabito aka Painted Bluu

Madison Morabito aka “Painted Bluu” just dropped her newest custom “The Kaleidoscope”.  We took some time to talk about her life as an artist and to get to know her a little bit better.

What inspired you want to paint this design on a tama?

Painted Bluu: As an artist I’ve always tried to expand the surfaces I’ve worked on and to me a tama was the perfect challenge. Whether it be painting, drawing, wood burning. I wanted to apply my medium to this less common surface.

How many different designs have you done on damas?

Painted Bluu: I’ve done about 10 design lines since I started painting kendamas about 2 years ago, and I’ve painted countless customs!

How did you begin painting?

Painted Bluu: As a child I watched my father painting comic book strips, his talent made me want to be an artist. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I picked up a paint brush and it’s been my passion since

Are you in school?

Painted Bluu: I’m currently a printmaking major at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR.   

What drives you to create paintings, drawings, and tattoos?

Painted Bluu: The endless possibilities. As an artist your job never stops. Everyday I am inspired to create something new, something better. While I do paint and draw nearly everyday, I’m excited to begin my tattooing journey!  Lately I’ve found my biggest inspirations in tattoo artist John Larsons work, and some of my favorite printmakers. I’ve been very into American Traditional style tattoo work, learning how to convert everything to that style. I also am heavily influenced by middle eastern art, I use a lot of organic shapes in my mandala works.

What’s the craziest thing you painted on?

Painted Bluu: The craziest thing I’ve painted on is either a saw or a skate deck, both were crazy sick to do! I love painting on unique surfaces! 

Do you have a muse?

Painted Bluu: Right now what’s pushing me to be my best is so rise above and beyond in the tattoo community, I want to hone in on my painting skills and be able to produce perfect flash pieces. 

What has to be going on while your creating?

Painted Bluu: Music for sure! Brand new and Tiny Moving Parts all day, nothing pushes me more than that! 

How would you define your style?

Painted Bluu: Id say currently my style is aimed towards the American Traditional tattoo style, but overall I’ve always had a very middle eastern art style to my work. Creating mandalas are a huge passion for me. The symmetry is comforting.

What is your Pokémon go team?

Painted Bluu: MYSTIC FOR LIFE, in my free time I run every gym I encounter. Often with P0WAH0USE 

When your not Painting or drawing, what are you up to?

Painted Bluu: In my free time I am hiking. I love being submerged in nature.

Favorite Players?

Painted Bluu: My favorite kendama players… Stephanie Lussier, she’s my favorite person on earth, Wyatt of course, and my DKT boys ️ 

What’s next for Painted Bluu? 

Painted Bluu: I never want to stop creating. I hope I get to spend everyday being an artist. 

 

 

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Joris Schweppe feat. B&W Kaizen Half Split

The Black & White Half Split Kaizen is one of my favorite Kendama’s from the Kaizen line.

Its perfect for tracking the tama during juggle tricks and when it gets honed in, its perfect for various stall tricks. I tried to combine both juggle and stall tricks in this edit and add some of my own creativity. I hope you enjoy it!

- Joris

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Cook’s Customs Contest 2016

KendamaUSA and The Cook have teamed up once again to bring you the 3rd annual Cook’s Customs Contest

Dates:

Start: October 1st

Videos due: October 17th

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Upload your video to Youtube with the title “Cook’s Customs Contest 2016: (your name here)” by 10pm EST on October 17th
  • Send an email with your name, Youtube link, an address you would want your prize sent to, your phone number, and email it to cookscustomscontest@gmail.com before 10pm EST October 17th

RULES:

  • Your edit should only have THREE of your best Kendama tricks (no more no less)
  • The theme of your final trick (the third trick) is originality. The more creative the better. Try to think outside the box and develop a trick or line that is your own. This trick may make or break your edit.
  • Your edit should be no larger than 90 seconds (1:30)

JUDGES:

Edits will be judged by the KendamaUSA crew & The Cook

Your edit will be judged on: Skill, rhythm, creativity, flow, trick technicality, music incorporation, videography, and style.

PRIZES

  • First place: As usual, the winner will collaborate with the Cook to create their own Custom line to be sold on the KendamaUSA website. You will receive two of your customs…one to play and one to keep. Your edit will be posted to the KendamaUSA website and social media. In addition, you will receive a care package from the Cook consisting of one-of-a-kind Kendama, a one-of-a-kind Jumbo, stickers, tshirt, and more.
  • Second place: You will receive two of any Cook’s Customs product on the website plus a care package from The Cook.
  • Third place: You will receive one of any Cook’s Customs product on the website plus a care package from The Cook.
WINNERS:
  • Will be announced on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Thanks,

Good Luck!

Check out last year’s winning edit & custom model here:

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Bryan Scagline: My top 5 songs to jam to and why

Jamming dama always seems more fun when you are listening to some of your favorite songs. Here are my top 5 songs to jam to and why. Give them a listen and see if they inspire you like they inspire me.

Keep House – Ball of Flame Shoot Fire

What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber

Antidote – Travis Scott

Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye – A$AP Rocky

Father Stretch My Hands, Pt.1 – yeezy

*BONUS TRACK*

Opportunity Cost – G Eazy

“Keep House” is the perfect song to just go in on. From the comfort of his own home(s), Sander produced the timeless Edit #9 using this song and it has forever just sent me into a cozy but vulnerable place to really center in on dama. s/o colin <3

I have always been a shameless Bieber fan- and with the single “What do you Mean” it just puts me in a discoverable feel for dama with new tricks that can really pop!

Anytime TJ and I are together, one of us starts to hum Travis Scott randomly until we both catch on and just go IN. Boys got BARZ (not at all*) Just a fun fact that always gets me / TEEJ extra hyped!

A$AP Rocky was used in the OG GT Prospect edit featuring 2 Bears, Aynedter, and Stodd.  Specifically, with Aynedter’s part, everything just clicked with his trick choice, flow, and of course the red/white/black color way from his prospect mod. Just a memorable edit for me, Aynedter and Wiens know my love of the steez!!! #10fttall #100lbs

Kanye does nothing but get me stoked for any occasion. With his newest album “The Life of Pablo” – the single “Father Stretch my Hands” has always stuck out to me as a song I look forward to playing and just vibing out to.

….and lastly for a bonus track, I have to place G Eazy up there with “Opportunity Cost” as one of my most relatable and vibrant tracks to play kendama to.

Thanks!

-Scag

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