Specialized ProfessionIAmA designer who created a suit with wheels that allows the user to roll, ski, and ice skate in every position. AMA!
Feb 6th 2018 by atlasobscura • 6 Questions • 30 Points
My name is Jean Yves Blondeau, also known as the Rollerman, and I created buggy rollin (or “body skating”), a sport that uses a suit with wheels, 20 years ago, and I’m here to answer your questions with help from Atlas Obscura, who wrote about it.
I conducted a study about body balancing sensation and locomotion through space, and my first prototype was to show that it is possible to roll in every position. I use the suit everywhere: People can skate on flat surfaces like a stage, on a halfpipe, downhill in the biggest pass of the alps, or in bob tracks. (Body skating on mountain roads is maybe my favorite.) Over the years, I’ve appeared around the world in advertising and in movies like Yes Man with Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel and CZ12 with jackie Chan.
I had a lot of fun with the suit in the summer, but I wanted to enjoy the winter, too, because I live in front of mountains in the alps. So I created a version of the suit with skis, which has even more potential than on wheels. Two years ago, I started to use the suit on ice.
My work has many purposes. I hope my creation will be an inspiration for other artists, and I want to develop the armor as a sport that everyone can enjoy. For that, I need to finance and produce and sell a large quantity of suits.
I try to gather all people around the world who already have the suit in a federation in order organise our events and get together to share, enjoy, and level up in camps. So we have a group on Facebook.
Last year, everyone came to my house for 10 days to learn buggy rollin, starting with indoor basic skills, then going to city parks, hills, ski resort roads and finishing on bob tracks. The idea was to progress all together (and enjoy a nice event). This year it will take place in the summer, but we have not fixed the time and location yet.
Edit: Time to sign off . Thanks for your questions. Thanks atlas obscura for bringing me here.
Use Facebook to keep in touch.
I am on the obscure side of the planet, time to sleep here.
And www.buggy-rollin.com for all the next questions in the next weeks
Wow quite a long story. I made a one year study for graduate industrial design engineer in Paris about body balancing sensation and locomotion. The purpose was to create something new, fun, exploring new possibilities.
On this video i talk about it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9wgag4klg0&t=24s
And on this one i show a little bit more of my environment (a few years ago) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AMI2D6a6zg&t=3s
Certainly i was NOT inspired by superheroes ( i dislike very much marvel and strange comics) NOT by OZ that i have never seen completely, Not by Transformers who made their first film much later after my suit (but they used my motion)
Inspiration during creation was middle age armors, speed ski suits, american football armors (it gave the identity of first helmets). And later i discovered deep connection with some japanese manga masters and heros like GUNMM
https://www.mangaverse.net/images/glenat/gunnm/6.jpg Where characters have a complex psychological profile and ask questions about human-machine relationship, identity limit like ghost in the shell - the manga NOT THE FILM. They lost the essence of ghost in the movie, it is a fail in the contend on nice pictures.
Team sport i do not think so. But a brotherhood/spirited sport for sure. It is already there. And i think it is stronger. We do not need to fight someone or some other team.
But grow together a BIG YES.
We will have beginners camp too !