Not wearing socks #YOLO Forever alone #SOLO Marco #POLO Condom broke #OHNO Forever trollin’ #TROLLOL You like men? #HOMO Bitches be crazy #FOSHO Cold outside? Drink hot #COCO Got no house #HOBO Toy on a string #YOYO Villain in power puff girls #MOJOJOJO Dont get caught by the #POPO It’s not funny to get hit in the #ELBO Can I touch ya boob? #NONO
You are really cool people and one of my closest friends. I wish we got to hangout/talk more, but life….. You have an infectious charm and influence everyone around you, mostly for the better, but I believe one of you goals is to ruin the English language. I really enjoy when we have our long talks on road trips. You are a sleepy mofo.
You are weird, there is no doubt about that. But you are also funny and great to hang out with. I enjoy your love of puns and cute dogs. You are an echhi moecon old man, but that is part of what makes you great.
I think that describes our relationship pretty well.
You are a terrible person, but I love you for it. Somehow we always manage to come up with the most ridiculous things. You are a great friend and if you had enough motivation a dark a terrible overlord. Lucky for the world your spirit animals are sloths and bulldogs.
I consider you one of my closest friends. You are constantly striving for a high level of excellence and very often achieving it. You can be too hard on your self the times you fall even a little short. All of your friends still love you and think everything you do is great(we’d tell you if it wasn’t). You can be stubborn about certain things, but I think a lot of that comes from striving to be the best you can and also needing to do things your self and test the limits for your self. I envy your sewing, creativity, attention todetail, and ability to organize everything. You keep all of your friends organized, in line, and reasonably on time, and we appreciate that.You’d bend over backwards and fly to the moon for your friends.
I’m looking forward to seeing you grow as you spread your wings and leave the nest. I think this will be a very good thing for you.
My first impression was pretty positive considering your hands ended up in my pants (Clarification:Help with costume malfunction). You continued to impress me with you kind and caring demeanor with friends and strangers(or friends you haven’t met yet). Something I greatly admire about you is; when the rest of the world seems to swept up in hullabaloo, you manage to stay calm, find the facts, and get the story straight.
What would you say is your FAVORITE show/book series/comic/ect right now? I'm just curious c:
Shows:Legend of Korra, Game of Thrones I need to watch this seasons Book Series:Vlad Taltos Series by Steven Brust Comics: Not reading any should steal some from mt friends Manga: Akame ga Kiru, One Piece, and Fairytale Anime: Not watching any but have a back log of stuff to watch
Lessons learned in cosplay: Metallic Spray-paint Fails
Here is a lesson I recently learned, I think most of my cosplay friends would like to avoid the same pitfall.
Metallic spray paint can give the appearance of metal to a lot of surfaces, but tends to be easy to damage. The solution is to clear coat. I chose Krylon crystal clear, as it has worked exceptionally well for other non metallic projects.
The sword I’m working on used Krylon Premium Chrome for the blade, Krylon Metallics Gold for hilt and and handle details, and Krylon Satin oxford blue for the handle base. The sword was painted and touched up and left to cure for 48 hours, per the instructions on the Crystal clear. The results were lack luster, literally. The blade went from a beautiful bright reflective silver to a glossy grey. All of the love and attention that went into that blade gone instantly. The gold fared better only dimming slightly which works fine, and the blue had no issues.
Problems in hand I flew to the internet to find I was not alone. Silver/chrome paints of many brands are notorious for dulling when clears are applied. Heart sinking, I continued to dig. Page upon page of people saying don’t clear just be careful handling it. This is not an option, it is a prop sword for a friend and it will be handled. It needs protection. Then, eureka! a solution.
From the modeling community, an answer was the “FUTURE”. Future floor wax is a water based acrylic floor treatment that protects and adds gloss to synthetic floors. Future can be dipped, brushed, or airbrushed. It is self leveling too which is nice. The modelers figured out that future creates a great cleat coat and doesn’t use the solvents that cause the silver finishes to dull. Once it dries it is unaffected by water but cleans up nicely with Windex or other ammonia based cleaners.Side note it also is supposed to work over rub and buff.
I have yet to test this out but from the responses of many modelers it has become a go to product. Once I have tested it I will return with my results.
Future Floor Wax is also branded as Pledge Floor Finish with FUTURE Shine
I'm sorry, but no. Blackface/Brownface/Redface/Yellowface/Whiteface are offensive, no matter the intent. It's been set in stone through history as a negative and offensive act. It's the same as wearing a headdress and having no clue what it means to a culture or Native American tribes, and doing it for a cosplay is just sad.
I appreciate your feedback. It would like to continue the conversation but it is a little hard if you are anon.
Very few things are “Set in stone”. Most of the world is shades of grey. Just because one form of something was linked to a terrible thing does not mean that all forms are bad. Colorface used as tool that reinforces stereotypes, is a bad thing because it does something bad. What does using make up to change one’s skin color to closer resemble a fictional character do that is harmful? Anything beyond the blackface association?
The headdress analogy also points to a satirical or jesting use. The common factor here is pulling upon stereotypes. It is not the color or accessory its the stereotypes and the actions that propigate them that are bad.
In cosplay a lot of these characters don’t pull on stereotypes and have their own identity. Cosplayers aren’t playing a race, they are playing a specific person with specific traits. I guess what I’m suggesting is that rather than furthering stereo types which is the problem with colorface and Native American headdresses, cosplay is the emulation of a specific character in all their facets.
There are people out there that will be dumb and will try to bring stereo types into the cosplay, but the vast majority simply wish to have fun and emulate the characters they love.
Okay, this has been bothering me for quite some time ever since I saw it, and I really just need to let this out.
This post is about this post. It’s a cosplay photo for Legend of Korra (featuring Tahno and Korra).
The girl cosplaying Korra here is Sheila, and from what I heard, she’s very popular. And in this photo, she is accused of white washing and brown facing, both of which are racists acts and are generally frowned upon by most (excluding racists, of course.)
Now before everyone goes crazy and starts accusing people of certain things, let’s review a few topics before we can come to a full conclusion.
One of the things Sheila is being accused of is whitewashing. What exactly is whitewashing?
Whitewashing is the act of making a nonwhite character white, whether it’s deliberate or not. Some examples are usually in the form of fanart or fanfiction. But I don’t think it’s possible to “whitewash” in cosplay.
Why? In fanart/fanfiction, it’s avoidable. You can easily change the skin color by using a stroke of the pen or the replacing of words. But in cosplay, you don’t really have much of a choice. You were born white, so you can’t do anything about that. I mean, if a black person cosplays an Asian, it’s okay. But if a white person cosplays any nonwhite characters, it’s labeled as racist. Why? Because white people have a history of racism and if they ever do anything remotely resembling something racist, you can instantly call them racists even though they weren’t. Unlike in fanfiction/fanart, most cosplayers are aware about the skin color difference, but decide to cosplay them anyway because, well, they want to cosplay them. Race shouldn’t limit anyone to cosplaying characters strictly the same race as them.
And the second matter: brownfacing. As we did before, we shall recall the definition of brownfacing.
Brownfacing is the act of changing your skin color to resemble someone of a different race, then proceeding to mock them or just generally acting racist.
Does it look like she’s acting racist? Nope. Is she mocking another race and proclaiming that whites are superior to all others? Nope. All she’s really doing is trying to cosplay a character as accurately as she can (although she didn’t quite nail it.)
Now to sum this post in a few sentences: Some people tend to forget what fighting racism really is. It’s not putting down white people for doing something only remotely resembling racism. It’s trying to get rid of the inequality between races, and people also forget that white is also a race.
And for those who are going to go anonymous and give me some hate,
Disclaimer: I know this has been a hot topic recently. This is not meant to upset anyone or be inflammatory. If this upsets you I am truly sorry. I’d love to discuss it with you. If you have any opinions one way or the other, I’d love to discuss it with you.
I tend to be of similar opinion to the post above minus the come at me bro and few little parts. I’m pretty set in my opinion that any cosplayer should be able to feel comfortable cosplaying any character of any skin color. The changing skin color to more accurately portray a fictional character doesn’t bother me as long as its done tastefully, skillfully, and in love of the character/cosplay.
I understand that blackface was and is still a terrible thing. As far as my understanding it was comedic style used in a demeaning and disparaging way. When I think about the above picture and cosplay in general I’m not seeing blackface (insert color face). In my mind this is the same as going from medium skin to alabaster skin using make up. Where is the difference of going a skin tone lighter or darker? Is this substantially different from going to goth white, ghoul gray, green, or blue? Where does tanning fall in this discussion? There is no hate in her makeup, only love for a character.
I guess this strikes a bit of cord with me since I cross-play, and I see a lot of parallels. Does my dressing as a character that does not share my physical gender somehow shame or degrade them and all of their gender? Does cosplaying a male version of female character degrade them? Does cosplaying a female version of a male character degrade them. I use make up to hide/reshape/emphasize features to better portray these characters. Do my attempts to be something I’m not degrade their existence? Is that really any different?
I know the world is a racist, sexist, and very often hate filled scary place. Isn’t cosplay supposed to be an escape from reality? Can’t we just love our characters and the craft?
I’m going to cosplay Korra this fall and I’m still undecided how I’m doing her makeup. My skin tone varies and gets to a point a little lighter than she is after an active summer, but off season I do pale out quite a bit.
I welcome opinions and discussion on the topics, or my cosplay plans.
I ordered a bunch of high impact styrene and PETG plastic from US Plastics for eventual vacu forming for my Wild Tiger armor. Not only did they get it to me within three days (the only delay because I ordered on a weekend) but a few days later I received a thank you letter in the mail for my new order.
Consider me charmed. Highly recommend these guys.
I told you they were good :D Have you built your Vacuform yet?