This segment originally aired Nov. 18, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.
Gloving is a rave-style hand dance that involves putting multi-colored LEDs in the fingertips of white gloves to create trippy light trails.
“What I normally explain it to people as is: a form of dance that’s more based around your hands, fingers and arms,” glover Jacob “Vex” Zakarian told VICE News correspondent Bijan Stephen in Huntington Beach, California. “Gloving now has moved towards a more dance-y aspect, but it really all came from being able to create trails with the lights by having concise movements that look like they didn’t stop.”
He can make a few hundred dollars a month competing in gloving events, Zakarian said.
EmazingLights Founder Brian Lim established the International Gloving Championship in 2011 to bring legitimacy to gloving.
“When we showcase judges, sponsors, and you see the true passion behind it, you can really tell that it’s not just a few kids on drugs,” he said.