|How did you get into cosplay and How long have you been doing it?|
When I found out you can dress up on days other than Halloween I wanted to cosplay so bad! Also learning you can step out the traditional Superman onesie, cosplay with a twist & even create your own character in a sense I wanted to design my own right away. I finally got the opportunity to cosplay when I went to my first convention which was New York Comic Con 2015. Almost 5 years on & off but still going!
|Do you cosplay often? If so what is your favorite character to cosplay? If not what would be your favorite character to cosplay?|
I use to mainly cosplay just for a convention or rave weekends. Thanks to Rona & now working from home I can cosplay more rather than waiting for those types of weekends. I try not to have a favorite butttt its Chun Li; because my dad picked that costume for me to wear when I took him for the first time to NYCC 2017 & the producer for Street Fighter signed the front flap of the cosplay & I was so happy for him to see what cosplaying looks like for a day.
|Do you buy your outfits or do you make them yourself?|
I make a few things but mainly I buy little pieces here & there. I also buy custom pieces from friends who have small businesses of their own & a lot of Etsy sellers! My cyberlox is made by a UK company. I support all hands-on creators. Now with the extra time at home I’m learning to sew. I’m an art graduate so painting, sculpting and etc are easy for me.
|Do you have any major cosplay influences?|
p l e n t y
|If you do are they your favorite? If not who is?|
It’s wayyy too many to name & as the days go by I’m literally discovering more. They’re all my favorite, even the ones I just met. I admire how versatile cosplayers are nowadays who not only design and make their cosplays, but be their own photographer, editor, and more.
|How do you fit your cosplay in your lifestyle?|
I’m known for my cyberlox outfits at raves, it’s what traditional underground ravers use to wear (like the ones from the dancing gif). I have turquoise Cheshire Cat, Sylveon & Gir. I sometimes put a twist on regular outfits, like DVA at Ezoo & Chun Li at Moonrise. I also wear outfits on my Twitch streams when we have stream parties or themed games. My dad has a blue antique Cadillac that I sometimes wear my Chun Li to match with it at Harlem Week here in NYC
|What was your first major project and how did you achieve it?|
Oh man… before Laura Matsuda was playable on SFV I rushed to the store to purchase the fabrics & materials to be one of first. I don’t know how to sew anything bigger than a hole in a shirt so making that whole costume from scratch was worth every accidental poke & glue gun burn in 2 days!
|Tell us about hardship or crazy situations you’ve had to deal with cosplaying.|
I wasn’t with a great group of people. It was too much drama & issues that resulted in me disliking cosplaying & drifting away because I was leaving people who were doing it longer than me who had helpful skills I could have learned & most of all a safe place to crash with at away cons. But with better friends, a mature mindset & great support I got back into it!
|What has been an invaluable resource for you while cosplaying?|
Firstly, my dad. He doesn’t know a single anime, game, or character (except Pikachu) I cosplay but he helps me sew, build & sometimes set up backdrops. He supports me to the fullest & I couldn’t be more grateful. & mostly social media! Your biggest support system can be 3 hours ahead in time or even a few miles away but the power & support of the internet from suggestions on shows to watch, places to get materials to even apps for editing.
|Are you watching any dope animes or any shows with Cosplay worthy characters?|
I’m rewatching Inuyasha & I’m excited about his daughter so I really don’t know who to cosplay from this now extended series. It might be everyone…
|Is there anything you want your fans and the fans of PUNK BLACK to know?|
If you’re not following PUNK BLACK we’re gonna fight! jk Some like me got bullied for being an Alt POC or have a cosplay disrespected hearing the characters ‘not black!’; nope we don’t do that here. As my dad always tells me “everything you put your hands to will become greatness” & I pass this onto you all. Let it be your very first cosplay, a hair blog, first time at a metal concert, an outfit stepping you out your comfort zone, it’s gonna be great & within these communities, we can safely, happily & without a doubt do what the world says we can’t.