In April we took our first ever trip to Milan, Italy for Like a Bomb. A 2vs2 battle comprising of invites from all over Italy – to qualify for Circle Industry 2017 in Salzburg, Austria.

Alongside the 2vs2 there’s also a kids battle and a Bombwall battle. The Bombwall battle, inspired by Crumbs (Style Elements), involves using a wall in your throwdowns.

This was our first time seeing many Italian dancers. From what we saw the level was high! A lot of great dancers that are generally unknown to the worldwide Breaking community.

Having said that there were a lot of hype battles that went down. Congrats to Ormus Klan (Yaio and Danilo) for winning the 2vs2 event, Fresh (Russia) for the kids battle and Frosties (Head2Toe) for winning the Bombwall battle.

Here’s some footage of the battles along with the recap:

The day after we explored Milan! Filming in different areas with Kacyo (De Klan). Seeing him break on concrete and uneven surfaces was incredible.

We enjoyed our time in Italy and wish to come back soon!

A major symptom of modern life is ‘existential dread’. This is when you feel anxious at the thought of total responsibility for how ‘successful’ your life is. “Do my friends enjoy hanging out with me?” “Am I ever going to earn as much money as I’d like?” “Will I ever own my own house?” “Am I with the right partner?” “When on earth will I actually find “the right partner” – I’m 30 for god’s sake!”

Just as in any other age, 21st century Brittain endorses a certain philosophical outlook about how to achieve a meaningful life, which promotes disharmony in many people. We often spend time worrying what our decisions will mean for the ‘story of our lives’, examining everything in retrospect. We’ve all seen films that seem to tell us perfection is possible.

‘The Tralfamadorians had no voice boxes. They communicated telepathically. They were able to talk to Billy by means of a computer and a sort of electric organ which made every Earthling speech sound.

‘Welcome aboard Mr. Pilgrim’, said the loudspeaker. ‘Any questions?’

Billy licked his lips, thought a while, inquired at last: ‘why me?’

‘That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?’

‘Yes.’ Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it.

‘Well, here we are Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.’  

– Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five.

Maybe being ‘trapped in amber’ isn’t such a comforting thought, yet I think it’s a useful metaphor to relieve existential dread and force your attention into the moment. There are infinite explanations for ‘why?’ or ‘what if?’. You’re alive now. Be happy. Smile.

Paradise is sitting in a lecture; clueless
Paradise is having no direction; clueless
Paradise is me, a target; bullseye; clueless
Paradise is you using me, clueless
Paradise is my parasite, I’m clueless.

Paradise is a snowy summer, clueless
Paradise is knowing you pained me, clueless
Paradise is paradise when I’m alone, I’m clueless
My paradise is no paradise at all.

The pursuit of paradise unending, clueless
The pursuit of happiness, everlasting, I’m clueless
Clueless because paradise is smiling without a cause.

Paradise, my paradise, is having no trust
Paradise, your paradise, is keeping me in a box
Paradise, what paradise?
You weight me down.

Living in an unorthodox paradise,
A sorrowful paradise,
My hell of a paradise,
Wake me up after you leave so I know what paradise really is.


Ope Ogundeji

Helene Gugenheime is a graduate of Ecole Du Louvre and holds degrees in Art History, Contemporary Art and Musicology. After graduating she worked as a journalist for the French magazine Crafts, it was whilst working here that she discovered the Japanese process of Kintsugi.

via The Creators Project

via The Creators Project

Kintsugi is a process of repairing broken pottery, translated literally it means “golden joinery” or “to patch with gold”. A broken piece of pottery is joined back together or the cracks filled in with a mixture of gold and lacquer or epoxy, paying a kind of visual tribute to the breakage as well as the repairing process, “turning flaws into virtues”.

Already familiar with the practice of Kintsugi, when Helene met a lady called Marie who has a mastectomy scar where her left breast used to be she immediately thought “I have to put gold on it”. And so the artist’s project Mes cicatrices, Je suis entièrment tissé (My scars, of them I am fully woven) was born.

via The Creators Project

via The Creators Project

Speaking to the Creator’s Project, Helene said: “When I saw Marie’s scar, I saw a mix of strength and fragility. It was amazing. I saw not only the injury, but the healing. At one point or another, you’re hurt: in your skin, in your heart, sometimes. You have to go on with that. And you can’t go on exactly the same way you were used to: you have to create a new way to go on.”

The process goes as follows: participants enter Helene’s studio, undress fully and then a “glider” applies gold leaf to the participant’s scars. Once applied, the “glider” then disappears into the background while Helene encourages the participant to take a moment to do whatever they want; “sleep, cry, sing, do nothing, for however long.” When ready the participant signals for the “glider” to come back and carefully remove the gold leaf and scrape it into a vial with the participant’s name and the date scrawled on the outside while the participant re-dresses. The participant receives the vial of gold and a video of the entire process.

The practice draws heavily from Japanese Zen Buddhist philosophy and Japanese tea ceremonies, the emphasis being on spatial emptiness and ritualised behaviour.

For more info check HERE; Also check the video of Marie below; more pictures after the drop:

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via The Creators Project

via The Creators Project

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via The Creators Project

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via The Creators Project

via The Creators Project

via The Creators Project

via The Creators Project

P12823066_10206186866250823_1643116956_oay attention!
See my last petal drop

And watch me wither away.


Gather up all your hate
And water me till I die –
That’s my fate.

Prepare the hole!
For my no leaf stem.
My petal-less remains
From your hate.
I have withered away.

Dry eyes!
No tears for me, brethren,
Afterall, you caused my skin to dry

Why not come out
And say the truth
So my roots can solidify,
And so that I may find life
Once again.

Evil has no mirror
It cannot see what it is.
All this
From my exaggerated anxiety,
My thoughts of you and your clan.

View me as you wish to destroy me.
Use it and deprive me of my essence.
And happiness is no more.
I’m 6ft under the truth
Which you have buried me with lies.

Carry on, friend
I am no longer available to you
And your mockery.
I trust no one,
And no one trusts me.

My heart is pure.
I make mistakes
But I care too deep…

How ironic!
My petals are over-watered
My roots are dried up
My heart is still pure
And I care deeply
For my haters,
Their words not their person

So who!
Am I now?
Still just a sad no-petal-having outcast.
All this from my account
Of this exaggerated tale.

Exaggerated anger!
Exaggerated pain!
Exaggerate my thoughts
Which is too much to explain.

I’m 6ft above!
How tall is my chance of survival?
Yet 6ft under
How cold is my hater,
To drown me in this ocean of…

Exaggerated anxiety?

Shortly after Circle Industry we went to Marseille, France for Marseille Battle Pro. An international Breaking event that used to be called Chelles Battle Pro – when the event was held in Chelles.

They had 3 different battle formats: 1vs1 Kids battle, Crew battle and 1vs1 Bboy battle (as part of the World Bboy Series).

Bgirl Terra (UK) won the kids battle; Momentum Crew (Portugal) won the crew battle; and Soso (France) won the 1vs1 Bboy battle. Soso will be the first Bboy to qualify for the Undisputed World Bboy Masters event. Which’ll be held in Prague, Czech Republic in January 2017.

Our footage from this event has spread like wildfire! Resulting in approx. 20,000 new Facebook likes, 6M audience reach and thousands of new subscribers to our YouTube channel.

Overall we’re impressed with the number of new followers we have as a result of this. Hopefully we can go back next year!

Accessible, enlightening and inspired by history’s greatest thinkers, many of their videos have made me glad the Internet exists. Founded in 2008 by Alain de Botton (philosopher) and Sophie Howarth (former curator of the Tate Modern), The School of Life is an amazing organisation with an addictive YouTube channel.

The videos cultivate a clarity of thought about some of our deepest concerns. Posted several days a week, they are organised into playlists such as ‘self’, ‘work + capitalism’ and ‘relationships’. Although some of the videos may be amusingly middle class in narrative, their core messages are valuable to anyone. See what you think of ‘confidence‘.

Why did most lessons at school turn out to be irrelevant as soon as we left? One initiative at The School of Life is to examine the ‘history of ideas’. It opens up history in a much more creative, relevant way and makes you realise how similar we are to past peoples. If the arts and humanities have a specific role in society, it is surely to promote empathy – an inherently creative process. Rigid curriculums devoid of creativity arguably do more harm than good.

Our ideas of a good life have changed rapidly over the past few decades, due in no small part to popular film narratives and our neo-liberal economic system. According to an insightful article in Psychology Today, rates of anxiety and depression among young people in America have risen steadily for the last 50 years; it’s not hard to imagine the same being true for the UK. We need to create some alternative cultural ideals in order to reverse such trends and The School of Life certainly isn’t a bad place to start.

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not” – Pablo Picasso.

For the first time ever we went to Salzburg, Austria for Circle Industry. The 8th edition of the largest Breaking event in Austria.

This year they had a 2vs2 battle and a 5vs5 Checkmate battle. The Checkmate battle is interesting because it resembles a game of chess. There’s a video here to explain that:

The event itself had a great vibe! A lot of energy in the room and the dancing was of a high level too. Lussy Sky + Drud (Navi) won the 2vs2 and Predatorz Crew (Russia) won the 5vs5 Checkmate battle. With Soul Mavericks making the finals of both battles.

Salzburg is also a beautiful city to visit! Everywhere you walk there’s always amazing architecture. If you need another reason to go to Circle Industry, it would be to check out Salzburg.

Overall the event was a success! Many international people were present at the event and it made for a great time. Looking forward to next year!

For some, Christmas, or any celebration at this time of year, for example the Winter Solstice and celebrating the return of the sun – is a time for sharing love and positivity with the people in your life. As well as often; good food (lots), and gifts!

But how do you apply a minimalistic approach to gift giving, rather than a crazed shopping spree in the lead up to this celebration?

Of course, you could not buy any gifts, and just share time and love with the people in your life. I think it’s important to remember that gift giving is not mandatory, even though it can seem like it in today’s society, in which we all take on the role of consumer. There are so many other ways to enjoy the winter/holiday season with your family and friends other than buying gifts. Gifts are just things, and things don’t bring happiness, and as I have learnt the hard way, things can clutter up your home and life, and sometimes they can really weigh you down. However, in the spirit of this time of year, the gift of giving, and caving to societal pressures – Here are some ideas from me to you.

I think an important perspective for minimalistic gift giving, is quality not quantity – give with intention – buy or create something which you think the person would really love rather than just buying lots of things because you are expected to. There isn’t really much point in just buying a lot of things which have no meaning to you or the person receiving them, apart from the fact you spent money on them. This may seem obvious, but I think it takes time to really fix this in your mind and apply it to your shopping habits.

Along side the idea of not buying gifts, could be to make the decision with your loved ones to give the money you all would have spent on gifts for each other, to charity. So the gift would be for yourselves but also for others at the same time. People are often incredibly generous this time of year, so why not give to a cause you really care about and the people (or animals) who really need it.

If you wish to give someone something for them, a great idea for a minimalistic gift is to buy or give someone an experience. What are they seeking? Are they open to new experiences? For example, something adventurous or adrenaline filled; a day out at an event; a class or workshop in something creative; or if you are close, a trip you could take together. There are so many possibilities with this kind of gift and ways to tailor it to a specific person. I think it can be a really personal, special and generous gift; to give someone an experience.

However, if you want to physically give something to your loved one, here are some things I like to think about when buying or creating a gift for someone:

Where are they in their life, or what phase of their life are they in? What is something they are in need of, physically or mentally? What will benefit their mind, body, spirit? What will be good for their wellbeing? What will positively benefit their life; something they can actively use in their life at this time? Think about the present moment. Maybe there is something they have already expressed desire for, or that embraces something that they love and makes it special – for example, if someone loves to draw, or has expressed an interest in wanting to start; some really nice drawing pencils and a sketchbook would be a personal and attentive gift. Again, taking on the idea of quality over quantity. I really like the idea of facilitating something for someone, which they have wanted to start doing, with the gift you give to them.

A good idea for minimalist gift giving is to give something disposable; items that can be used up. For example, food and drink, incense, candles, beauty or body products (perhaps homemade). I like to create hampers of special foods and items, while considering the questions and ideas above. Sometimes I will create gifts inspired by the idea of mind, body and spirit, or wellbeing of the receiver.

I also look for things that feel nice in your hands; pleasing objects; things that you think it would be nice to own yourself. I really like the feeling of buying something that I would be happy owning myself, for someone else.

So, that’s all I’ve got – good luck finding the perfect gift, navigating the maze that is end of year consumerism, and enjoy your winter celebration and the end of another cycle around the sun.