Saturday, May 15, 2021

Q&A Interview with Steamy Hippie

Where are you from?

I'm from Florida.

When did you start cosplaying?

In the summer of 2014.

How did you first become interested in cosplay?

I was introduced to it by some friends in college but I always loved dressing up as a kid.

What are some characters that you have cosplayed?

Oh so many but to name a few, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ziggs from League of Legends, Diane from Seven Deadly Sins, Tina from Bob's Burgers, Mizore from Rosario + Vampire, Misty from Pokémon, Deku from My Hero Academia, and Raven from Teen Titans.

What are your plans for your next cosplay?

Velma from Scooby-Doo and Cinnamon from Nekopara.

Do you have a favorite LoL champ?

I do, it's Soraka! She was the first champ I bought and fell in love with, I love everything about her look and story!

Do you have any cosplay pet peeves?

Unbrushed/tangled wigs haha.

What is the largest convention you have been to? 

That would definitely be Dragon Con, it was crazy!

Any tips for newer cosplayers?

Just have fun! Don't put pressure on yourself to be perfect unless you are competing and even then it should still be fun, not work! 

Favorite movie? Video game? TV show? Band?

So hard to pick but if I had to, The Lion King original animated version, Final Fantasy X, Fairy Tail if anime counts as a TV show if not then The Curse of Oak Island, haha, and Queen is definitely my
favorite band!

Tell me about some of your tattoos.

I have like 18 now including some Egyptian tats and most of my new ones are nerdy like Yoshi, Fairy Tail and the element symbols from Avatar the Last Airbender.

Outside of cosplay and video games, what are some of your other hobbies?

I watch A LOT of anime lol, but most of my hobbies are centered around cosplay, going to conventions, gaming with friends, etc.

Where can fans find more of you?

Saturday, May 8, 2021

SuicideGirl Gamer of the Month: Stark

Why did you choose the name "Stark"?

It’s German! It means ‘strong.’ I’m sure the translation also had a huge influence on George RR Martin, since the Stark women are exceptionally strong characters, I like to think I’d be a part of that family if I was placed in the GoT universe.

How long have you been a part of SuicideGirls?

In 2016 I shot “The Supreme Being,” a Fifth Element cosplay set, and then became official in 2017. Since then I’ve gotten to meet so many amazing people all over the world in the SG community, I’m very grateful!

Where are you from?

Originally I’m from Philly, but I’ve been in LA since 2014. They both feel like home in their own ways.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, a lot of people were torn on the TV show's finale. What did you think of it?

Oh man… I really have tried to completely wipe that from my mind. What an absolute travesty to go from being the absolute pinnacle of pop-culture, to leaving people with such disdain that they never want to mention you again. Absolutely wild.

Which do you prefer the GoT books or show?

I started with the show! It made reading the books a lot easier because without a visual for at least some of the characters, it's so easy to get confused. They are very long, and a bit complicated but I recommend them to anyone who loved the first few seasons of the show.

What first got you interested in video games?

I’m trying so hard to remember my first game, but drawing a blank. My first love was absolutely Ocarina of Time. I love adventure games and it was like literally escaping my home life into something where you have this beautiful arc of justice and fairness, it really resonated with me.

What are some characters you have cosplayed?

Oh man, what haven’t I done at this point. Some of my favorites would have to be my Witcher series. I did Geralt (Kaer Morhen armor and all!), Ciri, Triss, and Yennefer. Geralt took an endless amount of time, I ended up streaming making chainmail links for three months of Twitch. During quarantine I made Tifa’s armor from Final Fantasy and I had a really nice time painting the runes on everything.

What is your favorite video game? Movie? TV show? Band?

It’s hard to pick favorites, every time I pick up something new I end up loving it. As far as movies go, definitely LoTR: The Two Towers. Sam has this amazing speech to Frodo and I will literally start the entire series over just to get the full momentum of that moment. Hits me in the feels every time.

What cosplay do you think that you will be doing next?

I’m coming up with a few plans, but I think a latex Hisoka from Hunter X Hunter is next for me :)

What is your biggest cosplay/modeling-related pet peeve?

Elitist's, but honestly it pertains to everything not just cosplay or modeling. People take things way too seriously for a bunch of carbon based skin suits on a floating rock in space. Just let people have fun, don't hurt anybody, and enjoy your time here, you know?

What is the most challenging cosplay that you have created and what made it more difficult?

That’s a bit of a toss up. Both the Geralt & Ciri costumes I made, I was testing out new techniques and that opens up an entire world of challenges as far as creating goes. I had a great deal of trouble carving Ciri’s belt out of clay then creating a silicone mold, and then resin pours of the individual pieces. It was frustrating. 

Tell me a bit about your different tattoos.

Most of my tattoos are fandoms so there’s not much to explain. I do have a simple dove sketch on my left arm that's fairly hidden and it’s my favorite. Thoreau used to doodle it on his manuscripts before he turned them over to his printer, he’s one of my favorite writers and I love having it just for me. One of my first tattoos is an  “=” on my middle finger for the Human Rights Campaign. I told myself it was so when I flipped people off it would be for equality, haha!

Outside of video games and cosplay, what other hobbies do you have?

Reading, writing, traveling prior to lockdown. I’m quite terrible, but I like to play piano, too. Honestly most things that involve my hands, I enjoy creating.

Where can fans find more of you?






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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Cosplay Gallery Spotlight: La Alquimista de Acero

 The Cosplay Gallery Spotlight is not an interview, but merely a collection of images featuring a choice cosplayer to help introduce fans to them and their work. These images from the cosplayer's shared social media posts.

Photo credits provided when available.

Today we are looking at La Alquimista De Acero.

Enjoy this gallery of 17 amazing images.

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