A master glover himself, Lim has catapulted his cherished pastime into a community of more than 20,000 performers. Glovers flock to his stores for monthly competitions and check out his YouTube channels to educate themselves on the latest gloving techniques like "popping" — quickly tensing then releasing muscles to create a "stop and glitch" look — and "liquid," which Lim describes as "using a joint-by-joint motion to create the illusion of flowing water." This video shows a tutorial for the latter.
As you might expect, not everyone is a fan of gloving. In 2010, EDM promotion company Insomniac banned gloving from their festivals. "This was like a natural disaster that hit the gloving scene hard," explains Lim. "We're still trying to recover."
Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella explains that it was the "cuddle puddles" of gloving gawkers piled up on the floor and associated drug connotations that fueled his decision. "Between the fire marshals and the media perception," Rotella says, "[gloving] was putting the events in jeopardy and was not helping the health of the culture." Despite his adherence to glove-free shows, Pasquale respects the hobby, noting that some glovers "are really skilled."