Sexy Cosplay: The Nerd Double Standard

Yawn. I am so over sexy cosplay. That’s why I wanted to do a group cosplay called Gotham Hobos. We thought it would be an interesting twist to portray some famous Gotham citizens in odd, poor, frumpy, dirty versions of themselves.

First, let me be clear. I’m a nerd and I love sexy cosplay! But think about this:

When you read the words “sexy cosplay,” what type of people popped into your head? Dudes, right? Lots of beefy sexually dressed men. LULZ, of course not!

You instantly pictured women dressed as Slave Leia, vinyl clad Catwomen, tiny bodysuits, corsets and of course tons of boobs. ::Le sigh::

Women should be allowed to be as sexy as they want to be! I would never dream of telling women not to display their bodies how they see fit or shaming them for doing so! I just wish that the collective consciousness glorified us for being whole people, not just one part of a person.

What if I said “epic heroic cosplay?” Did you still envision Slave Leia? I didn’t think so.

I do think it’s high time more women show more sides of themselves in cosplay. How about some strong, armored characters? (Without the ridiculous bare midriff armor). What about funny characters? Scary characters? All with nary a boob to be seen. Is that asking too much? IDK.

Now all of that being said, part of the the problem is the actual content women who cosplay have to draw inspiration from. I think we can agree that both male and female characters in video games, comic books, etc all have ridiculously proportioned bodies. However, at least there are more male characters where the correct “form” can be fabricated.

A skinny bean pole guy could put on Batman armor with built in muscles and voila! Dope cosplay, dude! I’m not saying that guys don’t ever get crap for being too pudgy, too skinny etc in a spandex Superman cosplay…but not as much as women. Even portraying characters professionally, somehow women are just put under more scrutiny.

MY FAVORITE EXAMPLE OF THE NERD DOUBLE STANDARD

Do you remember when the first Tomb Raider came out? Some nerds somewhere took a shot of Angelina Jolie’s body in costume. They ran it through a program where it compared her EXACT measurements to the EXACT measurements of the completely fictional human-anatomy-defying video game version of Lara Croft. Her tits were huge but dammit they weren’t EXACTLY as huge as the video game!!! How could Angelina dare to play this role!? How could the studios RUIN such an iconic game!? Nonsense. I’d like to see Adam West’s body run through the same program and compared to the comic book Batman.

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Also, of course, there’s not as many female characters as male characters in video games, comic books, etc. So women started gender swapping their favorite male superheroes. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’m excited that I’m starting to see more men gender swapping too! I just wish that the majority of gender swapping wasn’t simply making a sexy skimpy version of the male counterpart. I’ve seen pinup versions of literally every comic character I can think of. Every single one. Do you know how many women I’ve seen in an actual Iron Man (or I guess, in this case Iron Woman) suit? One. I saw one once on the internet. It was pretty badass!

I have a theory that we don’t see more equal gender swaps from women because as a group it’s easier for us to use our bodies to get attention for our cosplay than dudes. Which is unfair for them too when you think about it. Don’t have the time, energy, skills, or whatever to do a full Iron Man costume? That’s ok if you’re a lady. Just throw on lingerie in Iron Man colors and add a light on your chest. Maybe get the helmet- but for fucksake don’t wear it- just carry it so you don’t mess up your hair and makeup- duh!

As long as you have big tits and are showing them off, please believe you will make a splash on any con floor and your photos will be shared all over the internet. I have witnessed this exact costume in person surrounded by photographers and admirers. A so-so attempt at Iron Man from a guy? Who the fuck cares? Exactly nobody.  Unless it’s crafted perfectly nobody cares.

This whole train of thought gets me down.  At times it seems so huge that I don’t feel like things will ever change. That it’s pointless to even try… but “be the change you want to see in the world, fuckers!” Ghandi said that, although I may be paraphrasing. I’m not saying I don’t ,or will never wear sexy cosplay, or you’re wrong if you do. I’m just saying that if we all all shake it up once in in a while we might start to change people’s minds. So maybe take a risk at the next con ladies and don’t just go for the T&A. And if some hot dudes want to do shirtless Thor, I won’t complain, either. ::wink::

I personally find taking the sexiest (and most cosplayed) Gotham characters and making them weird dirty hobos funny. It’s not going to be sexy, that’s for sure- unless you have some hobo fetish. To which I say, to each their own! You do you.

The Gotham Hobos will be at Long Beach ComicCon 2014 and we can’t wait to show off Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy like you’ve never seen them before! You can follow the #GothamHobos on Instagram @jojossocreative to see what hijinks they get up to in the weeks leading up to the con.

Until then,

XOXO

I Work Hard for the Money

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Today marks the end of my first month at my new job with a new company! I am beyond happy.

I feel like I have so much creative energy that I might explode. Good thing I have plenty to do on-the-clock and I’m working on a fantastic group cosplay for Long Beach Comiccon in September.

If you want to see all the cosplay crafting madness unfold give me a follow on Instagram @jojossocreative.

When I’m crafting I like to post progress pics to Instagram pretty much in real time! Because TECHNOLOGY. <3

XOXO

DIY Jewelry Update- Hint: All you need is spray paint!

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Every fashion expert will tell you that if you can’t afford a new wardrobe, new accessories are an “inexpensive alternative.” But let’s be real; sometimes we can’t afford new jewelry either.

Upgrading old or used jewelry is one of my favorite past times! Whether you just change up the color of a piece or “Frankenstein” several together, the result is an inexpensive way to freshen up your wardrobe.

Changing colors of pieces is by far, the easiest thing to do- all you need is spray paint! I recommend Rustoleum paints: their metallics are amazing, their clear coat is amazing, plus they have a lot of heat resistant colors because they’re used a lot on hot rods. I actually discovered the brand from my dad when he was restoring his vintage Model A.

But anyhoo, I digress. Here is how I achieved the above: 

Supplies: Round jewelry pliers, metallic silver spray paint, crystal

STEP ONE: Used pliers to take apart the necklace.

Pro Tip: You can use tweezers or regular needle nose pliers if you don’t own jewelry pliers… but at less than $7 I strongly suggest investing in a pair. They come in handy for lots of different crafts!

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STEP TWO: Spray painted the colored part of the necklace.

Pro Tip:  For a shinier finish, use metallic spray paint alone. To achieve the “gunmetal” silver pictured, just follow with a coat of clear acrylic.

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STEP THREE: Used the pliers to put the necklace back together and then rocked my piece out on the town!

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Go forth and craft! XOXO

 

Makin’ a Mask for Labyrinth Masquerade XII!

 

FinishedMask_CmprsMy friend Jimmy (who happens to write/illustrate a great web comic that you should totes check out) is going to the Labyrinth Masquerade tonight! I’m super jealous because I can’t go, but I’m living vicariously by playing Fairy Godmother and sending him of with a custom made masquerade mask. He was just looking for something simple, but since Jimmy is a super fan of The Joker (from Batman) I was inspired to go for a Joker mask with a definite jester vibe.

Here is my journey to the finished product. Enjoy!

I knew I wanted to build out a custom shape for my Joker and I thought a store-bought mask, craft foam and scrap pieces of Worbla would do the trick. Once I played around with my materials a bit, I came up with a concept design and started building my piece

Next it was time to cover the whole thing with a papier-mâché . In the process I decided I wanted a slightly different texture for the hair and tried a new technique. Some tissues did the trick, but since they are so absorbent it took almost twice as long to dry as regular newspaper. Very happy with the results though!

After the papier-mâché  dried completely it was time to get down to painting. First I primed it with white primer from my total spray paint crush- Rustoleum. Then I used acrylic craft paint to do the rest and silver liquid leaf for some shinier accents.

I sealed all my detail work with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Acrylic (My absolute favorite glossy sealer of ALL TIME). Once a few coats had dried I added some 3d accents for texture. Since I was going for a masculine look, the only rhinestones I used were black. For other accents I opted for iron-on metal studs…only I just used hot glue to attach them.

Some inexpensive chattering teeth on wire gave me that extra Joker pizzazz to really put my mask over the top.

The very last thing to do was attach the head strap. I attached black elastic to either side with epoxy glue and used hot glue to create a loop at the end of each piece of elastic. Using the loops I was able to thread through a piece of ribbon for an adjustable fit. I also found the mask rubbed uncomfortable against my nose but it was an easy fix. Just a regular makeup sponge attached with hot glue.

Added a few matching embellishments to a Joker smile-on-a-stick that  I made before and voilà!

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Freedom from Fraying!

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Happy Fourth everyone! Quick tip of the day: easy secret to keeping your ribbon from fraying!

1. Draw a line of hot glue across the ribbon where (and at the angle) that you want to cut.

2. Do not touch the glue- just let it dry so that its nice and clear.

3. Cut through the line of glue.

That’s it. You’re done. Easy right?