The element that sets Evolution III apart from other monstrous competitions is that it's being done without the aid of major monetary sponsorship. Mex is fronting the winnings from prize money and profits he's culled from previous battles, Revolution is pitching in with the venue, and BboyWorld.com is hyping it up on both its site and on MySpace. So although it's occurring on a much grander scale than, say, a rec-room battle with a $100 prize, Evolution III is operating on a similarly modest budget. The grassroots approach seems to be working, however, judging by how many international contortionists are expected.
But our homeboys have the edge, Mex insists.
Unique Styles Crew (below) is ready to throw down like it's 1982.
Felix and Mex teach future generations of breakers.
"The talent level is better here," he says. And with his weekly sessions with Morningside students, he's hopeful that another generation of locals learns all the right moves. "We're trying to preserve that."