Customer Spotlight: Rinkujutsu
Cosplay: Link (Magic Armor version) from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Wig style and color: Magnum Long in Desert Brown
Photos by Nude Carbon Studios
This week we interviewed our customer, Rinkujutsu! See more of their work via Facebook!
Q: When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I started cosplaying almost four and a half years ago in August of 2011. Several months before then, I had played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the first time. On a whim, I decided it would be cool to make a Link costume. I did not know that cosplay even existed until stumbling across it on the internet months later. Since I had so much fun making my first costume, discovering the existence of cosplay was all I needed to launch myself fully into the hobby.
Q: What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A: My favorite part is definitely the intensive hand crafting on a costume. While I also have fun planning for costumes and wearing them, nothing can top my enjoyment of the building and crafting.
Q: Which costume are you most proud of?
A: I am most proud of my recent costume, which is the Magic Armor version of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (the costume featured). It had been a dream costume of mine almost since I started, and for at least a year or two I had been researching, planning, and thinking about how I was going to make each part. It was my first time making full armor and using Worbla, and it was the most time-consuming and tedious project I have done yet.
Q: Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: I really love all of your lacefront wigs. They are so beautiful! For colors, I would say either Dark Ash Blonde or Desert Brown. I find these colors so lovely and natural looking. I’ve had them mistaken for my real hair several times!
Q: What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A: Have as much fun as possible! Start with a comfortable project and work your way from there. After your first costume or two, plan your future projects from easiest to hardest, and take note of what new skills you will learn on each. This way, you can learn something new on each project and progress more quickly! Spend as much time as you can researching and planning. Books from your local library are a great source for self-learning sewing, theater makeup, painting, etc. There are excellent tutorials online for cosplay-specific techniques like wig styling. Also, there are fabulous books about cosplay armor and prop making around now! Pick characters that you really want to make. Don’t get too discouraged by mistakes and never give up!
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