Welcome to Monday. This cosplayer is sure to pick up your spirits and make your week better!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Alex Martin Arritt/CosplayDad83 (Instagram)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Diet A&W Root Beer
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
Well I am not sure what to put here. I am usually pretty bad about tooting my own horn. I’m a father, husband, baker, cosplayer. I’m over 30, and love putting together new cosplays with my family when we go to conventions.
I’m a fan of older shows so a lot of my costumes are from the 80’s and 90’s, which can be fun to wear at cons just to see who will recognize them! I’m a huge Spider-Man fan, so a lot of my costumes are either different versions of the webslinger, or one of his allies or villains.
I’m big on giving back to my community, and started a non-profit in Greenville South Carolina called SC Upstate Heroes. We provide heroes to various charities so they don’t have to pay for cosplayers, and that the ones that show up are safe to be around children. I guess it’s not a huge thing in the grand scheme of everything, but I think it makes our little corner of the universe a little nicer.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
Ooh, when I was 18 years old. Soooo, 17, going on 18 years ago.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
For the fun of it. Getting to run around in costume as on of my favorite characters from TV, comics or videos games is just a way to enhance the fun I have at conventions.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
I don’t really have any. I don’t know if that is a strange or unusual answer.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
A little bit of everything. I do comics, science fiction, anime, video games.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
My favorite are my Spider-Man costumes, as well as my Cyclops and classic Doctors costumes.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
I really want to try to put together a Mister Freeze costume, but that may never happen.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I make what I can, but there are some mediums I am not very talented at working with, so I do order some pieces. Really depends on what I am working on.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
When someone sees you in costume and just loves the fact that someone else is a fan of the character or series it’s from. In a weird way it brings people together over common interests that would otherwise be missed.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Besides deciding which costumes to bring to events? Remaining positive when someone had decided they don’t like your version of a character or how you look in the costume and they say negative things to you.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
Definitely Spider-Man. It’s been a favorite of mine for years.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Ooh that’s a hard one. I think I would have to go with the Whovian universe. Dangerous, exciting and plenty of aliens to meet!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
Usually from the characters origin stories. If I make a connection with a character there, I usually consider it for a potential cosplay in the future.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Doctor Who, Marvel, and Supernatural mostly.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
To be happy with what they create, and realize that there is always room for gradual improvements on a costume. Nothing has to look 100% accurate the first time around.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Learn to pace yourself, and when it’s okay to take a break from a project. It doesn’t have to be done all at once, and it shouldn’t drive you insane. Learn when its okay to take a step back, and then come at it again when you’re ready.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
That we’re people too. Just because we are in costume does not mean we should be treated any differently than when we are in normie clothes.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Yakumo Oomori from Tokyo Ghoul, and Spider-Punk from Marvel.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Probably an Iron Man Mk. 7 suit from the MCU.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
Usually on either my Instagram page CosplayDad83, or on Facebook through SC Upstate Heroes
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