Interview with Christian Encomienda, A.K.A. Kitchyo Mods!


Interview with Christian Encomienda, A.K.A. Kitchyo Mods!

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Today I have a very special interview lined up for us. I will be speaking with Kitchy, a rising star in the yoyo world, quickly becoming famous through his amazing anodizing jobs.

Q: So Kitchy, tell us, how did you get started with Yoyoing?

Kitchy: Let’s see lol.. Around my sophomore year, I brought a yo-yo to school and one of my friends borrowed it and showed me tricks like sleeping it and doing a forward pass. That left me wondering how to learn these tricks, so when I got home, I googled “yoyo” and the first thing that popped out was this video with a guy named Andrey boulay. I saw his yoyo tutorials and started learning yoyo tricks from there!

 

Q: I’m sure many of us started with Andres tutorials, and him telling us about his favourite tricks! What are some of your favorite tricks?

Kitchy: Ooooh, Eli and other hops from Mickey, any “follow-like” slack tricks, suicides, gyroscopic flop still amazes me haha, fingerspin/body involved and Eric Koloski’s slack tricks!

Q:And what are some of your favourite yoyos?

Kitchy: Hmmm, let’s see, Freq.Wave from Recreational Revolution, Phenomizm from Yoyojam, Yoyofactory Genesis 2008 Undeniable Edition, Superfly from YoYoAddict

Q:I’m sure many of our readers have seen your anodizing jobs. I must say, they are very impressive. How did you get started with modding?

Kitchy: I LOVE THIS QUESTION!!! I watched a video of “Modfather” mirror polishing yoyo rims. It was so vague on how he did it. The first time I’ve watched it but it had me want to mirror polish a yoyo… I failed miserably and ended up looking satin lol. My first “yo-yo” mod was this:

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I combined a reflex (installed lights on it from a Duncan pulse) with a Duncan flying squirrel, Lol. It was sorta vibey but I loved the idea of modding a yoyo. Everyone starts somewhere, Eh?

Q:That looks like a fun throw! How did you start anodizing?

Kitchy: Oh yes, this is where the fun begins… First of all, i “hate” dinging my yoyos, I really hated the fact that the only way to restore it is to buy a new one for the same retail price.. So I thought, why not just research on how they “color” the yoyo. Well not restore, just to be able to have a mint condition (yoyo) again. So, I just googled how to splash a yoyo.. And I read the comments saying they were “anodized”. The video was a kid blowing paint on the yoyo to do some “splash” paint on it! Painting is totally different from anodizing so I googled anodizing and then I watched videos of how anodizing at home works. Researching about it took months.. I never was into anodizing a sample until Summer of 2013. I bought battery acid and some aluminum wires. So…. I knew how to remove the anodize down to a mirror polish. I attempted to anodize by using a…*cough*Carbatterycharger*cough*. Oh yeah I failed so badly. Lol I Ddidn’t know anything about it. The yoyo ended up looking corroded! Sadly, no photo. Anyways, after that.. I gave up and just continued mirror polishing for people of the yoyo community. So, I started researching about how yoyos have that “matte” texture.. So I google about it and ended up with “powdercoating”, I liked Wesley (Cheng another yoyo modder)’s service and so I bought a cheap set from Harbor Freight. Here it is, my first powdercoat:

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I bought baking soda and an abrasive gun for soda blasting. Made my own blasting cabinet, and put plexi-glass on it… I upgraded it after. Here’s one of my favourite blasting jobs:

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Ok, and I started anodizing around October (of 2014). I gathered up materials and I was super into anodizing: and this was the end result,

 

Keep in mind I USED A LAPTOP BATTERY (yeah this is for all you modders out there, I’m shouting out that it’s not hard to anodize). The only hard part I honestly would say is the prepping and designing it. Oh yeah btw my parents kept reminding me to be careful because some stuff can be cancerous. Always be safe, as a good rule of thumb for modders out there. Wear long chemical resistant gloves and a respirator with a ventilator system turned on.

Q: Wow! What does the future hold for Kitchyo anodizing?

 

Kitchy: Be sure to keep an eye out for my anodizing in yoyoexpert, YYBB, and retailers all over the world pretty soon!

Q: Can you tell us more about finding your anodizing jobs in retailers?

Kitchy: Well, lately I know some of the more established yoyo anodizers are planning to retire or take a break from long runs.. Recently, CLYW has asked me to anodize a small run of their yoyos. I’ll be doing that (around 300 maybe?). Most likely,I’ll be doing limited edition runs.

Q: I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for news! Any last words for our readers?

Kitchy: I love anodizing for you guys, I can and will someday teach anyone who would love to anodize at home! Be sure to check my IG: Kitchyo And Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Kitchyo

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by Alex Yarusch-Lapierre

Alex is a Canadian thrower, residing in Montreal, and is relatively new to the yoyo community. He used to play in his childhood, walking the dog and rocking the baby all across Montreal. He picked up yoyoing again after he found his dog chewing on his old yoyo, and has found himself even more passionate than before!
 alex@yoyoskills.com
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Alex is a Canadian thrower, residing in Montreal, and is relatively new to the yoyo community. He used to play in his childhood, walking the dog and rocking the baby all across Montreal. He picked up yoyoing again after he found his dog chewing on his old yoyo, and has found himself even more passionate than before!


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