I was recently performing at a “pirate festival” and ran into this whip:
this bullwhip was only about 2 feet long, so it didn’t have much or a crack to it and was difficult to crack…but it sure was fun trying!
It seems like I’ve seen a lot of whip cracking this summer that I wasn’t expecting. It could be that I’ve been semi-seeking it out in most cases, however to day it came a as complete surprise when I was heading to a gig at the Tacoma Maritime Festival and ran into a guy cracking a bullwhip!
The guy cracking the bullwhip was part of the Puget Sound Pirates:
Between shows I chatted with the pirates and gave them some pointers on cracking whips. They used nylon whips:
Hopefully I now have some new whip cracking buddies!
I wonder if my noticing of a lot of whips around this summer part of whips becoming more “main stream”. I think the popularity of “pirate culture” inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has helped whips become less shady (the popularity of the Indiana Jones movies also helped). Another thing that has made the general impression of whips become more positive has been TV shows like Time Warp which show the science behind whips.
Or I could just be noticing it more because I’m a whip nerd….