Hahah well tech is short for technique. The short and simply explanation is that tech spinners are focused on the technique of a trick. Learning the "right" steps to a trick and following through with each of those steps with accuracy and precision. For explain majority of hoop dancers don't care so much the steps to doing a trick as long as it gets done. I believe tech spinners tend to not move as much as dancers, and they tend to stand in one stop or move more rigidly than dancers do.
You tend to find tech spinners are more into poi, and fans because of the complex weaves limit your movement anyways. I think that's also why (I think) males go for poi than hoops because they don't have to dance as much, just focusing in on the steps they are doing.
Thanks, I was thinking "tech" was short for "technical" but a lot of the videos I saw didn't have any distinguishing "technical" aspects that made them stand apart from practice videos. Building technique makes more sense, especially since I've seen so many different props use the terms. I try to perfect tricks as much as possible, didn't know it was named anything special though :P
If you equate it to painting, tech is the brush strokes, mixing, positioning, and perspective. You can be an awesome painter and only able to repair or copy other people's work, or crank out 'hotel art' all day. There's something else that makes you an "artist". Some people call that "performance" some call it "flow". Unfortunately both are pretty ill defined.
I think you find more tech spinners in poi and fans because there's so many more people into those tools. I have a database of hundreds of performers. Less than a 1/3rd of the number of people who spin poi, also spin hoop. but I could also point out that the vast majority of hoopers are female...
Every time I see a good tech video it's really technical, like they're delving deep in to the technical aspects of it all - So I guess I'd equate it to someone either doing something 100% "correct" like Martika said, or exploring it and adding on to it.
Also known as "geeky" ; )
Sometimes techie prop spinners will be doing moves that are so technical that only other spinners really appreciate it and see what is actually happening. The more involved you are in the skills/moves of a prop the more of a geek you are for it.