4 things I no longer believe about Costume/Cosplay
It needs to be ALL YOUR WORK
We all have varying levels of skills. Not all of us can forge swords, sculpt wigs, or sew elaborate cupcake dresses. Not all of us can CARRY swords or WEAR wigs or ROCK elaborate cupcake dresses. So, if a cosplayer commissions a costume? That is AWESOME! Commissions support an artist, and wearing them does exactly what the art is meant to do - go out and be STUNNING!
It needs to be 100% SERIOUS BUSINESS
Secret: I love the outtakes almost as much as I love my serious photos. Remember, we are supposed to be having FUN! :D
It needs to be SUPER FANCY
There were many, many gorgeous costumes at Katsucon. But you know one of the ones that made me HAPPIEST? It was these guys.
Bulk and Skull from Power Rangers. Simple outfits. Silly signs. Still - this is my childhood, and they made me laugh. Really, really hard.
It needs to be PERFECT
There’s always something we would like to change. Maybe you’re a beginner. Maybe a monster snowstorm delayed your wig shipment. Or maybe you JUST didn’t have time to hand-crochet that armor from Episode 317.
What matters is you SHOWED UP, and you wore it, and you made the memories. And that my friends? That’s pretty great.
What about you? What did you used to believe? It’s always okay to change your mind! Reblog/ comment and share!
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THIS. ALL OF THIS.
And I’d like to add:
Cosplay is a competition.
By competition, I don’t mean cosplay contests or anything like that. I mean that tiny part of my brain that looks at other people’s costumes and whispers to me that I’m no good compared to other cosplayers. It’s that voice that makes me want to give up cosplaying because it tells me if I can’t be the really good, then I shouldn’t try. That’s a bad kind of competition. Likewise, that little voice that sometimes tells me I’m better that other cosplayers is also super problematic. It’s a voice that judges unnecessarily and that pretends to make me feel better by pulling other people else down. Judging easily turns into belittling and bullying, of myself and others. And for me, this sucks the fun right out of cosplay.
Things people with Social Anxiety do
•go to the bathroom to escape
•feel very uncomfortable without a phone or some other crutch
•dwell on a small awkward for much longer than necessary
•never go to any social event without a person that makes you feel comfortable
•follow said person way too much
•worry about the person beginning to find you obnoxious
•faking an illness to get out of a social event
My New Years resolution
The atypical version.
It’s not to better myself or get less fat or any of that bullshit.
It’s just to be fucking awesome.
It’s to not get pushed down anymore, by anyone.
It’s to enjoy my life in the most lavish of ways.
I’m done holding back and I’m done with my life just being mediocre.
Fully finished with boring clothing and dull boys.
I want to buy nice things, travel, spend money on tattoos, kick ass in school and make sick art.
So far so good.
Can I just ditto this because it sounds fucking perfect?!
1. Stop faking your fucking orgasms. Society already tells young men that they run the fucking universe - if they can’t turn your cunt into a shooting star then for god’s sake, let them know about it.
2. Once you’ve stopped faking your fucking orgasms, use this newfound honesty throughout the rest of your life - stop ordering coffee you don’t actually like; stop sitting at a desk and allowing people to treat you like shit in the hopes that a meek attitude will earn you a promotion (it won’t); stop telling people they can finish your food when you’re not actually done yet. These may seem petty, but they add up, just like every orgasm you didn’t actually get to have.
3. If you wanna dance all night, dance all fucking night. Dance all night even if you have work in the morning. The worst that will happen is you’ll drink RedBull all day and look like a zombie - pass it off as a head cold to the real zombies you work with and flick through the embarrassing photos you’re being tagged in as you pretend to take a shit for some peace and quiet. I promise, you’ll remember dancing all night in ten years, not the suspicious way your boss looked at you that morning.
4. If your ass looks big in that, that’s a good thing.
5. You will never be as young as you are this second. Embrace it.
6. Embrace the fact that you’re going to get older. Ask your boyfriend if he will still love you when you’re seventy and your tits are down to your knees. Look forward to this time - seventy year old women are allowed to do pretty much whatever they want, and no-one can stop them. You can carry candy in your bag and not share it with a single soul. You can stay home all day and cross-stitch expletives onto handkerchiefs for your grandchildren and slip them under the table out of sight of the people you raised. You can drink whisky at 10am. Every phase of your life is going to be amazing for different reasons. Embrace that.
7. A lot of people will pretend to love Bukowski. Don’t pretend to love Bukowski if you don’t love Bukowski. It’s overplayed and no-one will mind if you actually like Virginia Andrews instead - the people who do mind are boring.—
Some more little life lessons, by Daisy Lola. (via spearmintblonde)
POSTING NUDES DOES NOT MEAN YOU LACK SELF RESPECT.
POSTING PROVOCATIVE IMAGES DOES NOT MEAN YOU LACK SELF RESPECT.
POSTING SKIN DOES NOT MEAN YOU LACK SELF RESPECT.
POSTING SEXUAL IMAGES OF YOURSELF DOES NOT MEAN YOU LACK SELF RESPECT.
YOU CAN RESPECT YOUR BODY AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT AND SHARE IT WITH WHOMEVER YOU WISH, AND THAT IS NOT A BAD THING.
No one has the right to tell you that their life is harder than yours. No one has the right to invalidate your struggles because they “got through it just fine.” No one has the right to tell you to suck it up because other people have it “worse.” Hardships are not comparable. Your struggles are real, legitimate, and just as difficult as anyone else’s
This has been a PSA thank you
I feel the best way to ever describe now what cultural appropriation is would be to ask someone to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and watch how Santa Claus reacts to Jack Skellington’s version of Christmas and how Jack overall reacts and exploits the Christmas season.
Jack, having explored all aspects of his own Halloween culture, discovers a door that leads to Christmas Town. While the audience has a sense of what Christmas is about and comprehends what the symbols might mean, Jack doesn’t. He is a complete stranger in this world and attempts through nothing but visual clues and behavioral observation tries to come to an understanding of what Christmas is.
This is all good and dandy, but Jack’s actions do nothing but exploit Christmas. Jack seeks to go about and unleash his selfish desires to explore Christmas and take charge of it. His studies of Christmas do not explain why Christmas happens or what it really represents to people who are affected by Christmas because he never really takes the time to discuss Christmas with anyone affected by the holiday until Oogie Boogie nearly eats Santa Claus. Jack’s desires only exist to further what he wants to accomplish with Christmas. As a result, Christmas is not accurately represented. Dolls that are mashed with Halloween haunts and ghouls do not fuse well with the upbeat and cheery nature of Christmas. These monstrosities rather illustrate that Jack’s interpretation of Christmas is not accurate They can even destroy Christmas as seen when reporters are warning Christmas may never happen again. Ultimately, Jack acquired faulty information when he studied Christmas and unleashed a product totally not representative of what Christmas actually intended to convey.
Now Santa Claus is not downright dismissive and saying Jack can’t learn and appreciate the Christmas culture as Santa comes back with snow at the end to spread over Halloween Town. However, Santa warns Jack to leave Christmas with those who get it as he himself leaves Halloween to Jack. It is totally acceptable to appreciate cultures different from your own as long as you recognize you have no real control or influence in determining what that culture represents.
The Nightmare Before Christmas may not have intended to, but it did provide an insight into what cultural appropriation may actually be. Appropriation and appreciation are two totally different concepts and while not everyone can fully immerse themselves in some cultures, we are able to accept the snowflakes and their differences without exploiting them for our own gain.
I would like to state that I am myself an ally to many different groups or at least attempt to be one. I am not perfect in understanding cultural appropriation because I am myself an outsider looking in on others. However, from what I’ve witnessed, I feel this idea can at least shed some light on the matter and possibly could be fleshed out more by those who are affected by cultural appropriation more than myself if they so seek to discuss my views presented in this post. At any rate, I am very willing to discuss this matter if anyone would like to do so.
I found this really interesting and a great way to make a difficult and important subject matter a bit easier to understand. Very interesting choice in explaining but it definitely made sense. Good stuff.
This is the best analogy I’ve seen thus far.