Punk is a style of music that's about expression, freedom, and a refusal to be constrained. This yoyo was designed to match that idea.
Designed for performance, especially with 5a, it defies current design trends with the old-school spike hub. The accompanying counterweight reflects this design choice, a ball of doom covered in spikes, lovingly named "Fluffballs". (Note - this is a display piece only, the counterweight is NOT to be played with. We mean it.)
Jeff Anderson has been the dude behind Rain City's dyed Delrin yoyos for a few years now. He's also a 5a madman. So it made sense to partner up and make a 5a yoyo together! Here are his thoughts on the project!
It's been awesome working with Rain City Skills over the years, dyeing their numerous Delrin yo-yos. When the time came to design my own Delrin Yoyo, I knew Rain City was who I wanted to collaborate with. On top of being very cool guys, they have created the most unique delrin yo-yos to date! I was pretty confident when I approached Justin Scott Larson with an idea and a couple rough drawings.
My intent was to create a delrin yo-yo with an open, flared design that is easy apply masking for dyeing. Add some sharp spikes for doing matador style tricks, and of course it had to be good for 5A! We worked out a a wide scalloped V profile with no hard edges for a nice catch and easy glue application for masking.
The wide V Shape is very accommodating for counterweight play. As a bonus, the delrin plastic means you can practice your 5A tricks without your neighbors wondering why it sounds a sword fight every night.
When Jeremy said he had the perfect counterweight to match it - a dyeable ball with spikes. I was all aboard. Its one of those things that only Rain City Skills would do, being the maniacs they are. The first prototype weights were so ridiculously sharp they would make you bleed. The final design is much more tame, and won't stick into you.
The name stems from Punk rock being very much about independence and creativity. Dye is one of the easiest DIY mods to do to make a yoyo truly yours. I hope that this yoyo inspires you to try something new and different just as the old dye-jobs of the 00's had inspired me.
Thanks very much Jeremy and the crew!