Hey gay geeks and gaymers, we’re here with Crimsyn Cosplay. He’s a Rick & Morty fan, can do the splits, and is an avid coffee addict. He’s cosplayed as Ryuk from Death Note, Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants, and created his own Satyr costumes. You may have seen him at Katsucon and Otakon. So let’s find out a bit more about him and his cosplay.
How old were you when you started doing cosplay?
The first time I cosplay was around 3 years ago. I was and 18-year-old Senior in High School! I have been cosplaying for 3 years now! What first got me into cosplaying was my first convention ever, Blizzcon! I live on the East Coast, so traveling to the West Coast in order to go to a convention was a big deal to me. So, I decided why not go all out!? I cosplayed a Druid from World of Warcraft as my first costume, and have been in love ever since! My first cosplay was a Druid from World of Warcraft. It was pretty bad, haha. All of the armor was paper mached, so yes, I would say I have definitely improved. Especially in technical skill.
What’s your most memorable experience while cosplaying?
My most memorable moment would have to be this past Katsucon. Just the entire experience has been the best convention so far. I have finally met enough cosplayer friends that I can hang out and talk to at conventions, and being able to finally enjoy myself at a convention instead of worrying about a ton of things was incredibly relaxing and fun!
What is it about cosplay that you like the most?
I enjoy creating things with my hands, and being able to make friends over that hobby is amazing! So, probably the community! Everyone is incredibly sweet and nice, and I feel like I can approach anyone at a convention and have a lovely conversation and possibly make a new friend!
What does cosplay mean to you?
It means everything to be honest. There so many categories that have relations with cosplay: craftsmanship, friendship, business, fun… just about all the things I enjoy doing fall under this word “cosplay” and that’s why I pursue it as a career in the future! I define cosplay as Costume and Play. So, if you’re in a costume and you’re having fun, then you are cosplaying! It has given me the confidence to start to like myself. Cosplay has taken me out of my shell and given me the confidence and extroverted ness I needed in order to be myself successfully.
What are your views of being body positive when doing cosplay?
I feel you should always be positive in every manner. There is no need to discriminate people based on their body type. Chances are they’re probably rocking that costume way better than you are.
Do you feel like the cosplay world has changed over the past few years? More free and accepting?
Yes! Most definitely! I think there has been more acceptance and categories created under our community. There are more people doing gender bends, cross playing, and creating their own designs for things! I think that really demonstrates the creativity in the community, and I cannot wait to see how it grows!
What was your most expensive/hardest cosplay you did and why?
I think the most expensive and hardest cosplay was my Sakizou Dark Knight. I had to create large armor pieces with the new Black Worbla, so I was playing with some material learning curve as well as creating pieces of armor that were restricting on my bodies movement. Wearing the Sakizou Dark Knight cosplay was difficult and a bit painful, but lessons have been learned! I have made a couple commissions! I don’t have enough time to do so anymore, but hopefully in the future. It is great practice and helps to fund money for more conventions!
What would you say to a first time cosplayer?
Cosplay your FAVORITE character! It will take awhile to make the costume, so make sure you are in love with the character you will be portraying or else motivation may be hard to find! Please just jump right in! That is the best way to learn! Get your hands dirty, spend a little money, and make something! Everything is an experience, so don’t feel like you’re wasting anything 🙂
What upcoming events will we see you cosplay at again?
Upcoming events I hope to be attending are Metrocon 2017, Otakon 2017, and Katsucon 2018!
Anything you would like to say to your fans?
JUST DO IT. AND…MAYONNAISE IS AN INSTRUMENT!!!