Cosplay is a big part of many people’s lives, allowing them a chance to step into someone else’s shoes and escape from everyday life. With the rise of conventions sweeping the world, Cosplay is becoming something more and more people are getting into. As a result of this, communities of cosplayers are sprouting up. Some who meet up at different Cons to band together as a ‘Star Wars’ garrison or meeting at a movie release to be ‘The Avengers’. Something that is incredible about Cosplay is the level of detail that goes into the costumes, some spending hours and hours on working out the perfect colours, textiles and even going so far as to include advanced electronics!
We have asked a series of questions to each cosplayer in the hope that we can provide you all with some ideas on how to get started or some tips on how to develop your own craft further!
In this edition of Let’s Talk Cosplay we talk to Aaron who is 32 from Staffordshire, UK.
- How long have you been Cosplaying?
- What inspired you to get started?
I came out of the cinema in May 2008, after watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Cosplay was still a new thing back then, so I made some very basic cosplays on the cheap, after visiting an army surplus store and costume shops to get the parts I needed.
- What would you say has been your biggest challenge to date?
Money is definitely one of the biggest things to date. I’ve also been very very grateful for numerous companies who’ve now started offering Indiana Jones gear at budget prices, as well as expensive ones.
- Which is your favourite Cosplay you have done so far?
It would have to be the “Castle Brunwald” Indy that I’ve spent years perfecting.
- What has been your favourite Cosplay interaction you’ve had at a convention?
It doesn’t happen very often, but I’ve had my photograph taken with kids at conventions and been able to make their weekend that little bit better. Plus meeting new friends at conventions has really helped my social anxiety.
- What, if any, difficulties have you encountered?
Mostly early on, it was financial and finding people who were able to work on Indy gear on a budget. As mentioned earlier
- If you are happy to share, what future Cosplay do you have planned?
Just some Indy costume variants found on posters and whatnot.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get started?
Definitely start small. Start with whatever items you’ve got in your wardrobe that could start you off and work your way up to larger and more complex cosplays as you learn more skills. Talk to experts and learn as much as you can from them.
- What items/ tools/ techniques would you say are imperative in a new Cosplayers tool kit?
Tools, I’d recommend a scalpel, glue, tape and a Dremel. Sewing kits are a must. Whatever skills are important to you and your cosplay would help you. I learned how to craft with resin and fiberglass when I attempted a power ranger cosplay which failed, same from foam crafting. The internet is the most important one, I’d say. You can connect to all kinds of people who can help on youtube, as well as talking to people in all kinds of facebook groups.
Big thanks to Aaron for his wise advice and his insight into his Indiana Jones Cosplays!