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Cosplayer Spotlight – UK Kingpin

I love to see cosplayers who find their niece and make it amazing! This cosplayer has certainly done that! Don’t forget to show the love by sharing, following and liking his stuff!

What are your cosplay names?

UK Kingpin

Flashy Tooth Jedi

What is your favorite beverage?

My favourite Drinks are Mountain Dew, Pepsi or failing that Summer Fruits Oasis, I don’t drink Tea or Coffee, when I’m thirsty I want a cold drink. I also don’t/can’t drink anything alcoholic as the medication I am on doesn’t agree with it as in “2 pints of Lager is enough to kill me” (as quoted by Hospital consultant just before I turned 18) and besides I never liked the taste of it anyway so I am not missing out.

Tell me a little about yourself.

I have a 2:1 in Computer Networking from the University of Luton (now Bedfordshire)

I collect Comics and assorted Memorabilia and attend comic cons throughout the country sometimes in cosplay, sometimes incognito.

When I was 8 years old I had a Brain Tumour removed and due to the tumour being on the right side of my brain I have dexterity and stroke like conditions through the left side of my body, my body no longer produces certain chemicals that a healthy body would, so I will be on medication for the rest of my life hence the no alcohol rule.

When did you start cosplaying?

My first cosplay was at London Film and Comic Convention 2008

Why did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying at London Film and Comic Convention as there was a world record attempt for most people in Star Wars costumes, I thought own a lightsaber and a pair of beige chinos I could go in for that all I need is a baggy white Tee and a belt to go around it and that was my first costume. It was in no way a professional costume, but it did the job, however we failed in our attempt at breaking/setting the world record, but I still had a lot of fun.

Who are your cosplay idols?

My favourite Cosplayers are Yaya Han, Riddles messy Wardrobe, Twee Nee Cosplay and Tabitha Lyons as those girls are just awesome and always look amazing and always go the extra mile in creating their costumes and props.

What types of cosplay do you do?

I currently have 2 costumes I do, I have a Jedi Costume (Star Wars) (my first costume which has undergone a lot of revisions in the 10 years I’ve worn it) and my other costume is Kingpin which I tend to only do during the summer months as I have to shave all my hair off for it and don’t want to catch a cold.

What are your favorite cosplays?

My favorite cosplay is Kingpin, although it means wearing a 3-piece suit usually in convention centres that are usually 40+ degrees on summer days, it’s the one that everyone says I was born to do as I have just the right body type and height to pull it off.

What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?

I’d love to do Spider-man, but Spidey tends to wear Spandex and no one including me wants to see my plus sized butt in Spandex.

Do you make, buy or special order your cosplays?

My Jedi Tunic and belt was custom made for me, the trousers are beige chinos that came from a plus size suit shop, the Robe was a lucky eBay find and I used to wear pleather boots with the costume but they would cause me so much pain it wasn’t even worth it, so I now always wear comfy trainers with that costume. The lightsaber was brought at a convention and is a replica of Luke Skywalker’s from episode IV.

My kingpin jacket (which has shoulder pads inside) and waistcoat came from eBay, the walking cane shaft also came from eBay, the cane topper is the end of a bathroom light pull I picked up in a hardware shop, trousers are chinos that came from a plus size suit shop, cravat and shirt I got from eBay and I wear a nice pair of ankle boots to finish off the outfit.

I guess you could say I buy and special order most of my costumes and accesories.

What do you love about cosplay?

I love the recognition and the looks of adoration that people give you. The compliments that people give are just so amazing and heart-warming and the fans make it all worth it. The first day I cosplayed as Kingpin, 10 mins after the convention doors opened I had a guy approach me and ask for a photo claiming I was he favourite villain, I later found out that he met Stan Lee at that convention and had the 1st and 2nd issues of spider-man that kingpin debuted in signed by Stan and then framed them with the picture he had taken of him and I. Fans like that make the effort all worth it (see pic below).

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

The discomfort, as I said earlier I always end up wearing my kingpin during the summer months when it’s the hottest weekend of the month and I choose to wear a 3 piece suit all day, that’s 2 layers more than any of the public attendees and no amount of anti-perspirant deodorant is going to cool you down  and then when you’re on your feet 80% of the day it seems to take forever to find somewhere to sit down.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

I think my favourite has to be Kingpin because of the recognition I get, people instantly recognise who I’m supposed to be.

If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?

I don’t know, I’d love to go Visit Avengers tower in the MCU and see what experiments Tony Stark or Bruce Banner are working on, I’ve always been a tech geek as well as a sci-fi nerd, I just understand how Technology works, whenever new tech comes into the household, I’m the guy who has to read and absorb the instructions and then relay how to work the tech to the tech buyer, usually one of my parents.

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

As you can see from my cosplays, I’m quite a big guy, so I try to do cosplays that suit my body type, as much as I’d like to do Spider-man or Superman, those guys wear skin tight spandex, no one wants to see my plus sized butt in skin tight spandex, so I’m happy costuming as the bad guy who gets to pretend to beat up the guys who look good in spandex.

What are your “fandoms”?

My fandoms are Comics and Science Fiction, I side more with Marvel than DC because I find it easier to read Marvel than DC. Because when Marvel do an event storyline like civil war they will publish a civil war comic that covers the whole story but when DC do an event storyline like Blackest night you need to read every single comic they publish to get the story of what’s happening in that event. As for Sci-fi I’m more Star Wars than Star Trek mostly because I’ve seen any of the original Series of Star Trek or the original movies but I grew up watching Star wars in the 80s and have now met most of the original Trilogy cast.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

Your first attempt at a costume may not be perfect but don’t let that stop you, ask questions on forums and Facebook groups and make mistakes, no 1st costume has to be perfect.

What tips do you have for other cosplayers?

If you don’t have a creative bone in your body, you can always find someone on the internet who can measure you up and create the costume for you on special order, it might seem expensive at first, but you can always do what I do and ask to have costume parts for you birthday or Christmas presents from your family.

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

Yes, we are Nerds, being a Nerd means being able to be passionate about your fandom, they same as people are passionate about Sports, but you always see on the news about fans getting violent at Football matches and such. I have never seen anyone be malicious, spiteful or confrontational at any convention yet and I never expect to. It’s just people being friendly and getting on with what makes them happy and gets them out of their mundane or boring lives and escape reality, where they can meet their favourite characters and like-minded people and allow fans of pop culture to be able to emote at a childish level and not be judged for it for a weekend of two a year, if I as a cosplayer can help inspire happiness in other people then that’s all I ask. I am a Nerd and proud!

I’d rather be passionate about something than be apathetic about everything.

What cosplays are you working on?

I’m working on nothing at the moment, I’m happy being Kingpin or a Jedi Knight for the time being.

What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?

If money was no object, I’d get liposuction and finally do a Spider-man cosplay.

Where can people find your cosplays?

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