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It’s Over 9000! An Interview With the Prince of All Saiyans

How did you get into cosplay and How long have you been doing it?

I was really big into Halloween costumes and costume parties in general in my 20s. Normally crafting my own costumes or altering something. I attended my first convention in cosplay in 2013, have not let up since.

 

Do you cosplay often? If so what is your favorite character to cosplay? If not what would be your favorite character to cosplay?

If remaining present, definitely not lately. In 2019 I attended what seems like dozens of cons, photoshoots, and cosplay charity work mixed in. I also cosplay via thedirtroadnerd.

 

Do you buy your outfits or do you make them yourself?

I walk through thrift stores with a purpose. I find patterns or materials that I might be able to use and I cut, sew, and glue what I need. I’ll do a terrible photo edit render of an idea I have. Mockup or print out patterns, then transition to foam. Cut, heat, paint the foam then 3d print accessories.

 

Do you have any major cosplay influences?

The Philadelphia Avengers are a cosplay charity group that I am proud to be a member of. Composed of a group of very creative individuals.

 

If you do are they your favorite? If not who is?

The Philly Avenger fam. The Blerdcon fam.
I could list so many but…running into Smoove Cosplaya was awesome. His mashups are always amazing. Friends had shared his mashups to me for years and there I was hanging out and tagging him in pics. Walking Blerdcon19 with Smoovecosplaya, Dutchnochillbill and Bwilddcosplay all dressed as Prince mashuoa was dope!

How do you fit your cosplay in your lifestyle?

I fancy myself as an eclectic individual. I’m a nerd, geek, and lover of pop culture. Cosplay is a fun hobby that has provided me with great friends. Doesn’t matter where I am I glance at something and think “can I use this for anything?”

 

What was your first major project and how did you achieve it?

My first major project was Flash for myself and Kid Flash for my son, Planet Comicon 2016. I ordered a tv show flash helmet, painted it bright red, then altered a jacket and pants while adding EL wire to give off a speed force look. For my son, I crafted a mask from foam then altered jacket/pants. He won 2nd place in the kid’s contest.

 

Tell us about a hardship or crazy situation you’ve had to deal with cosplaying.

I procrastinate heavily when crafting. The 2 seemingly most popular versions of Prince of All Saiyans were still being painted or glued the day of those cons. I stopped at a gas station to finish hot gluing the caped version for AnimeNYC. Until I walked up to the Javitz center I had not seen the version.

 

What has been an invaluable resource for you while cosplaying?

The 3 ft rule(now expanded to 6!) If it looks good at 3ft, it looks good enough. If I practiced perfection in cosplay nothing would get done. Know when to call it good.

Youtube and its not even close. Yes, I can reach out to my network and ask for suggestions but there is nothing like pulling up a DIY video and following along. Ever reset the timing on a sewing machine…youtube has.

Are you watching any dope animes or any shows with Cosplay worthy characters?

Currently, I am not. I have quite a few versions of cosplays in my head that I will probably begin later than sooner.

 

Is there anything you want your fans and the fans of PUNK BLACK to know?

Thank you. I appreciate every shout out and interaction I’ve had. What I miss the most about cosplaying is interacting with individuals from all walks of life. Take care of yourselves during these current times.

 

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