The Tattood Princess Interview

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1. If someone at commissions you for a costume, how much lead time do you need or want?  I actually don’t make any of my own cosplays! I’m still a beginner at sewing, and the most complicated thing I can make now is a skirt. I’m learning, and I really want to get better so I can make my own ballgowns.

2. What inspired you to start making costumes?  Again, I don’t make my own costumes, but I started cosplaying a couple years ago and really got into in the last year. I’ve always loved dressing up, and last year I started working as a birthday party princess on the weekends. I fell in love with portraying specific characters and decided I wanted to do it more on my own time too.

3. Outside of Cosplay, what are your interests?  Besides cosplay, I love to draw and paint, and I read a lot. Tons of comics, obviously, but also a lot of poetry and classic literature. I have a background in medieval lit, so reading has always been a big part of my life.
4. What is your primary method of funding your projects? I fund my cosplays with the money I make from working as a party princess/artist. I buy a lot of my cosplays second hand, so that helps keep costs down a lot. My wigs are often more expensive than my costumes because I buy my wigs new instead of used.
5. What is your number one anime of all time?  Sailor Moon. I’m actually thinking about doing a Sailor Scout/Eeveelutions crossover cosplay with some friends for Wizard World PDX. I’m not sure we’ll be able to get it all together in time, but it’s definitely something I want to do at some point! I already called dibs on Sailor Flareon.
6. What is your favorite material to work with?  Right now because I’m just starting out, non-stretch cotton, haha. Sorry, I wish I had a more interesting answer!
7. What is your favorite convention globally speaking?  ECCC is my favorite con! I had such an amazing time at ECCC 2018 and I’m already counting down the days until next year. I’ve only been to a couple other cons–least favorite was easily D23 Expo, which was so, so terribly organized. It took over an hour just to get into the convention hall each day! ECCC is so well done and people are so friendly and respectful, it’s just a really great community.
What is your favorite local event?  I love ECCC, as I mentioned, but Rose City Comicon in Portland is also pretty great. I’m still pretty new to the con scene so I’m always looking for new events, especially in the Seattle area!

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