Saturday, November 2, 2019

SuicideGirl Gamer of the Month: Rambo

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The SuicideGirl Gamer of the Month is an interview series featuring a different Suicide Girl each month that is into video games and other geeky things. SuicideGirls.com is an online community-based website that features pin-up style photography sets of models known as Suicide Girls. The sets start with the girls clothed and end with them fully nude. The site is known for promoting "alternative" beauty standards and many models have tattoos, piercings, or other body modifications.

The SuicideGirl Gamer of the Month for November 2019 is Rambo Suicide. Rambo has been a SuicideGirl since 2006 and also currently works as the site's Model Coordinator. I spoke with Rambo about both video games and cosplay.

Where are you from? 

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I’m from the Central Valley in California, USA.

What first got you interested in video games? 

My interest in video games started with my brother and Dad. I remember watching them play NES when I was three or four years old and falling in love! It wasn’t long before I picked up a controller and started playing on my own.

Tell me about your tattoos. How many do you have and where/what are they? 

I have about 15 pieces. I have a few on my legs (ankle, thigh, and hip), my stomach, one on my back, and both arms. All of my tattoos hold some kind of meaning or a special memory. I have a squid which represents a certain group of friends, a group of matryoshka which remind me of my late aunt (I also collect them), an Awapuhi that I got while on my honeymoon in Kauai, roses for my mom and brother, a tiffany lamp for my daughter, and a few inspirational pieces that remind me to be strong, take risks, and exercise patience.

What are some of your favorite video games of all time?
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I’m quite a retro gamer, so my favorite video games of all time are Zelda: A Link to the Past, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Mario Paint, Kirby’s Dream Land, Donkey Kong 64, Final Fantasy VII, VIII & IX, Tomba, Crash Bandicoot, Mario Party 1, 2 and 3, Pokemon Snap, The Sims, Rollercoaster Tycoon, and Stardew Valley.

Playing anything right now? 

I’ve been playing Stardew Valley steadily since its release in 2016. I’m also playing The Sims 4, and replaying Final Fantasy VII for the 100th time.

Is there an upcoming game you are looking forward to playing? 

Yes! So excited for Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Switch, the Final Fantasy VIII remaster, and the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake!

Are you also into cosplay at all? 

I’ve only cosplayed a few times for SDCC and it was a blast! I’ve cosplayed Lara Croft, a Power Ranger, a Dalek, and a Battle Royale school girl.

If you could cosplay any character you wanted without having to worry about actually making the outfit, who would it be?

I would definitely cosplay Tifa Lockhart. She’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

What are better, turn-based RPGs or action-RPGs? 

I prefer turn-based RPGs. I like the element of customizable strategy. Button mashing stresses me out, haha.

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So it seems you play a wide variety of different video games. Is there a specific genre that you like the most? Is there a genre you don't like at all? 

I enjoy RPGs the most, and FPS the least.

One thing people complained about recently in regards to the FFVII remake is that Square Enix made Tifa's boobs smaller. What do you think about this change, or the possibility that parts of the story might be changed? 

I think people complaining about a video game character’s breast size is fucking ridiculous. I’ll certainly be sad if the remake comes without some of the charming quirks of the original game, like Cloud’s Wall Market cross-dressing event, Priscilla and her dolphin, or Tifa’s slap-fest with Scarlet. I understand and can respect that the remake will come with changes, but these funky little instances are what contributed to making FFVII such a classic!

What are some of your hobbies outside of video games? 

My hobbies outside of video games include board games, reading, cooking, and thrifting.

Where can fans find more of you?

SuicideGirls: http://suicidegirls.com/girls/rambo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sincerelyrambo

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Q&A Interview with Karrigan Taylor



Where are you from?

I am from Massachusetts!

How long have you been cosplaying? 

I have been cosplaying for about three years.

What first got you interested in cosplay? 

I was huge on playing dress up when I was young and for one of my birthdays I received an entire wardrobe filled with Disney costumes. I remember when I was young I wanted to be a vampire, devil and princess on Halloween. My parents told me I couldn’t be them all, so I came up with an original character that was all three of those things in one. It was a huge hit.

What do you think is the most difficult thing about cosplaying? What is the thing that you enjoy the most about it?

I would say the most difficult thing about cosplaying is finding time to take photos, make sure the costume looks perfect in the photos, etc. I often take around 2-5 hours just self-shooting cosplays and editing them myself.

Do you watch anime?

Yes! I do.

What are some of your favorites?

I like dumb animes. My favorite type of anime is what I call "titty anime" so basically really simple plot with a lot of cute anime girls. Right now I would say my favorite anime is Future Diary because I love Yuno.

What are some of your favorite video games?

I love Overwatch, Final Fantasy XIV, The Witcher series, and Lolipop Chainsaw, just to name a few of my favorites of all time.

Playing anything currently?

I haven't been gaming a lot recently, as I haven't had much time and I haven't found a game I've been interested in.

Favorite television show?

I don't really watch conventional TV, but I like Black Mirror and America's Next Top Model.

Favorite movie?

My favorite movie of 2019 was Aladdin. I have a lot of all time favorites though! I am a huge movie buff.

I was worried about seeing live action Aladdin. Since you liked it, do you think they should continue doing more live action remakes of Disney classics?

I love Disney. Writing for Disney is my dream job, so some part of me wants them to come up with new unique story ideas so that I can help them develop and write them in the future.

Favorite band?

My favorite band is Starset and Slipknot!

Is there a cosplayer that inspires you?

Alyson Tabbitha is a cosplayer that I admire! However, I admire all of my cosplay friends!

Plans for your next cosplay?

I have a bunch of plans in the works, but I really want to cosplay my Final Fantasy character.

Tell me something about yourself nobody knows. 

I am pretty open, so people know mostly everything about me. I would say something most people don't know is that I love to dance and have performed over 100 times.

Where can fans find more of you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karrigantaylorwalsh/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karrigan.taylor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/karrigantaylor

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/karrigantaylor

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thekarrigantaylor



Saturday, August 31, 2019

Q&A Interview with Luxlo Cosplay

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Where are you from? 

I'm currently living in Canada's Toronto area.

How long have you been cosplaying?

I first cosplayed in 2012 at Anime North!

Photo by Con Mom Photography
How did you become interested in cosplay?

I was attending my first con with my boyfriend and a couple of friends and they vaguely described how people dress up as characters they like to these things and I immediately thought that sounded super fun so I scavenged my closet for items that I could make work and references of Marceline from Adventure Time. When I actually got to the con and saw tons of cosplayers proudly walking around in amazing costumes and displaying their love for their favorite characters and series, I was instantly inspired to cosplay more.

Do you watch anime? 

I watch some. I'm a bit picky when it comes to anime and I don't spend much time doing it since most of my free time goes toward video games, but a few favorites of mine are Gankutsuo, Death Note, Parasyte, Ajin, Fate Zero, Death Parade, and the Ghibli movies.

What are some of your favorite video games? 

A classic favorite of mine is Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, along with Mario World, Mario Kart and Donkey Kong. My current favorites are Sekiro, Dark Souls 3, Monster Hunter, Fire Emblem Echoes, Persona 3 and Persona 5. After just finishing Sekiro, I'm currently (and slowly) playing Hollowknight, Celeste and Spiderman, and also super excited to begin Fire Emblem: Three Houses when it arrives in a few days.

Favorite television show?
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Brooklyn 99, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Summer Heights High. I also really enjoyed the three seasons of Stranger Things! I'm currently watching (and loving) the original Teen Titans since I never did watch it as a kid.

How about favorite movies? 

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, The Hunt, Hercules and The Lion King... and probably many more I'm forgetting.

Favorite band?

Silverstein! I also love Blink 182, Angels & Airwaves, Bayside, and ABBA.

Is there a cosplayer that inspires you? 

Tons! I love having my social media feeds filled with cosplayers and artists who inspire me. Kamui Cosplay has to stick out, as her tutorials really helped me out when I started cosplaying.

Plans for your next cosplay? 

Ohh I have a bunch, haha! I'll be doing three different versions of Starfire, a casual Raven, Camie from MHA, Officer Jenny, Edelgard from FE3H, A Star Wars OC (actually just finished but I have yet to wear it), Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Effie from Fire Emblem (which I've been working slowly on for many months now) and a big surprise project for Katsucon 2019. These costumes are a mix of store-bought costumes, alterations by me, thrifted pieces, and pieces or in some cases whole costumes made by me.) PHEW. Some may have even been left out there but those are currently lined up!!
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What is your favorite part of cosplaying? What about least favorite part?

My favorite part is wearing a finished cosplay for the first time! (Especially if it's one that took months to make!) I also love being in group cosplays with friends because it's always so much fun. My least favorite part is probably the times when I first start a new cosplay and feel stuck or don't know where to begin, and patterning can be confusing and frustrating for me.

What advice do you have for someone who is just starting out and maybe hasn't even cosplayed at all yet?

Know that there is no wrong way to cosplay! Made, store-bought, commissioned, thrifted, cardboard, bikini, sexy, genderbend, redesign, or original design... just have fun with it!

What do you do with costumes after you are done with them? Do you save them somewhere? 

I either sell them, store them, or trash them. If I run out of space and especially if the costume itself is not holding up anyway, I sadly have to throw them out. It's always really hard to part with them but I try to do multiple photoshoots in all my cosplays, and then I can at least treasure the photos forever!

Outside of video games and cosplay, what are some of your other hobbies?
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I don't have a ton of other hobbies. I recently formed a DnD group with some friends which is a lot of fun, and I do love playing board games when I get the chance to. I also enjoy watching movies and shows, and I'm currently listening to the podcast Critical Role.

Tell me something about yourself nobody knows. 

I think Cosplayers (and other online figures or content creators) are often just seen as "online people/personalities/photos" and not as real people.. But as definitely real people, we all sometimes struggle with personal things going on in our lives or mental health issues, etc. This usually isn't something you can see just from browsing someone's Instagram where they choose to show just parts they want to share. There is always more to people than the small window we see into them online, so please be kind.

Where can fans find more of you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luxlocosplay/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/luxlocosplay
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luxlocosplay/
Patreon: http://patreon.com/luxlocosplay




Saturday, July 20, 2019

Q&A Interview with Ellemonade

Where are you from?

I am based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Somewhere in Southeast Asia.

How long have you been cosplaying?

I've actually been cosplaying for only a little over a year. I started cosplay in January 2018 but have been picking up more and more cosplays in 2019.

What first got you interested in cosplay?

I was actually interested in cosplay all the way back in 2009 when I first started following anime. Back then I was young kid who didn't have much freedom when it comes to going into events nor do I have many friends of similar interests. I never really got to go to any anime/cosplay conventions up until 2017 when I had started coming back into gaming. Eventually, I met more and more people within the community who were really supportive and encouraging when it comes to cosplay. Thus, my debut in 2018. Although it was not the best work, I had a great time and continued on from there.

What are some of your favorite anime? 

I used to watch A LOT of anime back in 2009 but over time I've diverted from the genre. However, several shows will always remain in my heart. Shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Law of Ueki, Chobits, etc. Those play a big role within my childhood years. As for now? I do take the time to watch a few anime now and then especially if I have any plans to cosplay that character.

What are some of your favorite video games?

Oh wow, a lot. I frequently play League of Legends, Monster Hunter World, Apex Legends and sometimes Overwatch. However, a few notable games that I really enjoyed were Harvest Moon: Back to Nature, Persona 5, Crash Bandicoot, O2Jam and so much more - I can't pick!

Favorite television show?

I don't watch many shows on TV to be honest.

Favorite movie?

I like a lot of movies but I can't pick one!

Favorite band?

Definitely Nothing but Thieves.

Is there a cosplayer that inspires you?

I don't actually have a fixed inspiration but I definitely do look up to a few people such as Kamui, Kinpatsu, and Stella Chu but I would also say a few of my inspirations are my friends themselves who constantly encourage me to go for cosses and help me out at times when I'm stuck

Plans for your next cosplay?

As for now I plan to cosplay Tifa from the Final Fantasy VII Remake, Wraith from Apex Legends, Irelia from League of Legends, and Moxxi from Borderlands 3! All video game characters, hahaha.

What would you say is your favorite part of cosplaying? What about least favorite part?

I would say my favorite parts about cosplaying is the whole experience and getting to put on the costume, together with the makeup and finally portraying the character! It's always the best part when you get to see all the individual components come together and most of the time I even surprise myself.

As for my least favorite part, it would probably be starting off because I always get too ambitious with the characters I want to cosplay and what I can actually achieve in the time span. Especially if the character I'm interested in has a lack of pictures online and I have to squint 1,000 times to decipher the elements of the cosplay.

You mentioned you are a League of Legends fan. Who are some of your favorite champions to play in LoL?

My favorite champions are probably Caitlyn, Jinx, Nami, and Irelia for her lore and the fact that I could relate to her Mulan feel.

What about most hated champ to play against?

Well it depends on the champion I'm playing at the time and who can counter them, but generally I would usually ban Blitzcrank or aggressive ADCs like Kai'sa, Lucian, or Ezreal if I'm playing bot lane. Besides that, I'm sure everyone can agree Teemo is a pain to deal with!

Do you have a favorite League of Legends pro team / pro player?

Not really to be honest, I was actually fortunate enough to attend last year's World's in Korea and got to witness IG vs Fnatic live and that on its own was a memory of a lifetime. However, even back then I couldn't pick a side!

Tell me about your time as part of the Riot Games Student Ambassador Program. 

At that time, I just only started playing League and knew little about the game itself. I had also just entered university for over a few months when I saw a post for a Riot Games Student Ambassador Program on League's client. I knew nothing much about it and didn't know what to expect but I figured that it would be fun to try. To be very honest, I expected that the program would have a few students representing one institution and I thought it would be cool to meet others from my institution. But what I didn't know when I got picked was that I would be the only representative of my institution. The role required you to host and promote gaming events, activities and support the gaming community within and outside of your institution. This program was the first of its kind in the world along with Germany.

At first, I was really out of my element. I barely knew anything about the game nor did I know anything about my institution. I recalled debating in my head that maybe I should just not do anything and focus on my studies but something in me decided to just give it a try. So there I was trying to form an Esports club in within my institution. From then on, I met people who were passionate about gaming and made valuable friendships with them. I actually felt that I had a place to belong and a family to keep providing to. So at the end of it all, it didn't even feel like a role I had to be responsible for but more of a service that I could always provide to the family I've found. The program not only pushed me outside of my shell within my institution but also allowed me to network with actual industry people and of course the other Riot Student Ambassadors from different institutions. I can't possibly describe the RSA program in a summary because this one year really gave me memories, confidence, and families that I can never find anywhere else. Unfortunately though, the program could not continue for a second year but at the end of it - I'm just really glad I decided to take that chance.

Tell me something about yourself nobody knows.

I actually grew up with a family who ballroom dances and I've been learning and competing in ballroom dancing. This also was the reason why I liked the aspect of cosplay from the start. It was because I saw cosplay as a similar form of entertainment and portraying. I also always did my own makeup since young (even though they were horrible) but that instilled the interest in me to dress up.

Where can fans find more of you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ellemonadetv/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_adele.lim/



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Q&A Interview with Luna Lanie



Where are you from?

Originally, I was born in Tennessee but I've lived all over the U.S. due to my parents' jobs.

How long have you been cosplaying?


I've cosplayed for about six years on and off, but I used to dress up for fun since I was five years old.

What first got you interested in cosplay?

I was really into Xena: Warrior Princess, Final Fantasy, and Spirited Away. I fell in love with the characters, and I feel like dressing up allows me to fulfill my fantasy and appreciation for them.

Do you watch anime?

Yes my older sisters always watched anime on Adult Swim and Sailor Moon. My favorites are Cardcaptor Sakura, Witch Hunter Robin, Paranoia Agent, Inyuasha, Chobits, Ghost in the Shell and Fruits Basket.

What are some of your favorite video games?

Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Dragon Age, Runescape, League of Legends, Super Smash, Sims, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time

What are your thoughts about the FFVII remake? Hyped? Worried? Hate it?

I think the FFVII is a good nostalgic throwback so I am pretty excited for it since I loved the original. I can't really hate on it because I know I will be playing it, but I feel like releasing it in parts is a little strange and I hope I can get used to the new combat style.

Favorite television show?

It use to be Game of Thrones but I guess A Discovery of Witches, or Xena: Warrior Princess.

Favorite movie?

Belle de Jour.

Favorite band?

Chromatics, and any 70's punk.

Is there a cosplayer that inspires you?

Anyone that has courage to put on a costume but I have been really inspired by Snitchery because she creates amazing makeup and looks for throwback characters.

Plans for your next cosplay? 

2B.

Tell me something about yourself nobody knows.

I really enjoy baking, cooking, gardening. Everyday I try to create a new recipe. I wish I was Martha Stewart.



Where can fans find more of you?



Monday, May 27, 2019

Q&A Interview with Kay Kay Cosplay


Where are you from? 

I grew up all over the world, but I currently live in the Midwest.

How long have you been cosplaying?

I started my cosplaying journey during my sophomore year of college, back in 2013! Even though I have breaks here and there, I have never stopped cosplaying completely. The world of cosplay has become some sort of a therapeutic lifestyle for me.

What first got you into cosplay? 

My friend Maria dragged me to my first convention (Wasabi Con) and during that weekend, I was in awe of all of the amazing cosplayers I came across. Their love for their character sparked a jolt of creativity that never died out. Now, I enjoy emitting that same energy and inspiration to others.

Do you watch anime?

Anime is life! Most of my cosplays come from Anime series or nostalgic 90's shows. Some of my favorite anime include, Fushigi Yugi, DBZ, Naruto, My Hero Academia, etc.

What are some of your favorite video games?

I enjoy video games like Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Minecraft, Fortnite, and Apex. Currently addicted to the last two... haha.

Favorite Television show?

Hands down, FRIENDS. Don't get me wrong, there are MANY shows I enjoy binge watching, but FRIENDS will always have a special place in my heart. Mainly because of the memories I have, watching FRIENDS every night with my mom. It has become my comfort show.

Which character were you partial to in FRIENDS?

Rachel and Joey were always my favorites growing up, but I've really come to relate to Monica and Phoebe as I got older! I also appreciate Chandler's jokes more and even Ross has his great moments. I honestly love them all. Even Janice's annoying laugh!

Favorite movie?

I don't really have a favorite movie, but the first one that came to mind that I always enjoy watching is 'Taken'.

Favorite Band?

I also don't have a favorite band. I hope this doesn't make me seem boring! I enjoy a wide range of music genre.

Is there a cosplayer that inspires you?

I have a ton of cosplayer friends and they all inspire me. Everyone has their own unique style and beautiful personalities! In the community we are in, I feel like it is like a domino effect where we empower and uplift one another. 💕

Plans for your next cosplay? 

Once my life settles down a bit (which will be soon), I plan to continue working on my second armour build, Squirtle from Pokemon! I am so excited to bring this character to life and can't wait to show everyone the final results.

Tell me something about yourself that nobody knows.

Back in college, I self-taught myself American Sign Language. If you search deep into YouTube, you can find one of my old videos of me doing sign language to the song 'Sure Thing'.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Q&A Interview with Liz Katz


Where are you from?

I was born and raised in northern New Jersey, but have lived in Los Angeles for about 12 years now.

How long have you been cosplaying?

I've cosplayed, to some degree, since my teens for fun (just dressing up as fantasy characters because I liked them on random days at school and at home). I kind of lost my way for a few years and came back to it around the time I was 23 or so.  

What first got you interested in cosplay?

I saw my first cosplayer at a convention I was playing Magic: the Gathering at in the 90's. She looked amazing!  I don't recall what she was dressed up as (I do recall a lot of skin though, haha). Originally, I started cosplaying as elves and faeries because I wanted to be a mystical creature. Then I branched out into video game and comic book characters I loved. 

Do you watch anime? Favorites?

I do! Cowboy Bebop, BNHA, Himouto Umaru, Tokyo Ghoul, Parasyte the Maxim, Assassination Classroom and that new reincarnated slim thing.

What are some of your favorite video games?

A lot of 90's LucasArts point and click adventure games.  RPG's like Baldur's Gate and Planescape Torment, Rollercoaster Tycoon, and a ton of horror games.  Lately I'm mostly playing Pokemon games or random stuff that catches my fancy on the Switch or on my iPad. 

Favorite television show?

The Preacher is awesome. So is Game of Thrones, Altered Carbon, Seinfeld, and Teen Titans Go (I'm all over the place).

Favorite movie?

Snatch.

What about favorite band?

I like a lot of old Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, The Offspring, Metric, G-Eazy, and a ton of others. 

Is there a cosplayer that inspires you?

Fantastic Nami Swan. I don't know her real name but her cosplays are both sexy and incredible! The craftsmanship level is off the charts!

Plans for your next cosplay?

I'm always working on shooting 10+ projects at a time so no idea in what order they will release. 

Tell me something about yourself nobody knows.

I think most things about me are already out there. In real life, I'm very multidimensional. I'm a mom above all else and to me family comes first (even though I keep my family very private). 

What is the best and what is the worst thing about being famous?

I don't consider myself famous at this point. I think I do have some notoriety among a subculture but I wouldn't say famous. Being anyone online regardless of the size of your audience I believe has the same pros and cons with social media.   

Pros: You have the potential to reach a lot of people whether it be for sharing your work, promoting new projects, or taking a stance for or against something.   

Cons: There are a lot of risks for potential stalkers on social media (for everyone not just larger influencers)   

Where can fans find more of you?

My website: https://lizkatz.com





Friday, February 1, 2019

Q&A Interview with Dark Raven


Where are you from?

I'm from Germany. 

How long have you been cosplaying?

I have been cosplaying since 2014. 

What first got you interested in cosplay?

I played the game League of Legends and was a huge fan, so for GamesCom 2014 I made the costume of my favorite character, Sivir. By then I didn't even know that cosplay was a real thing, I just wanted to express my love for the character. In the end the costume was a huge success and I got in touch with the huge cosplay community here in Germany and since then I've just stuck with it. 

Do you watch anime?

Yes, but rarely.

What are some of your favorite video games?

By far my favorite game is still League of Legends but I also play MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and others. I'm also a huge fan of the German point-and-click adventures from Daedalic Entertainment. 

Favorite television show?

I don't actually own a TV but if it's series in general then I'd probably say "The 100".

Favorite movie?

I don't have a favorite movie but I love all animated Disney films like Frozen and Moana. They're my guilty pleasure. I know every song by heart. 

Favorite band?

I basically like all of the metal/post-hardcore genre. Some of my favorite bands are 'Crown the empire' and 'Sleeping with Sirens' and so on.

Plans for your next cosplay?

I'm currently working on a humanized version of Festival Anivia for some upcoming events early this year.

What is the hardest part of cosplaying for you? 

My biggest challenge in cosplay right now is sewing and wig styling right since I'm not very good at it and still learning. 

Aside from cosplaying and video games, what is one of your other hobbies?

I used to do archery but since going to university I evolved into a couch potato and now I love watching Netflix! :D

Where can fans find more of you?