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Sep. 17th, 2005 | 02:45 am
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posted by: skyfalls in turksonbroadway

So, now that I can actually post here -- tried this about a month ago with little success -- might as well post my Rufus Shinra cosplay pictures. It was my first cosplay, and while I had sworn I had retired it, Advent Children more or less killed that. I'm a complete nerd at times, and actually hacked off my long black hair and bleached it out for this cosplay ... alas, I'm going to have to go the wig route this time around or risk killing my hair, which is also too bloody long now to work. I'm so anal retentive about the hair being correct.

Slight yaoi warning in some pictures.

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Animazement '05. I'm still dissatisfied with the trim on the coat since I was stupid and stole black suede from livetolove's fabric box of d00m. Didn't foresee it pilling terribly. x_x

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With enthroned as Reno, and Rude. Photographer caught us a little off guard here.

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livetolove as Tseng. Smoking is bad, yaoi is not. ::laughs.::

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Crack pairing! indescribably as Reeve.

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Craptastic lighting, however it's a good full length shot.

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Rufus pimpin'.

Had others, however livetolove beat me to it.

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Antonio Cicilia

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from: turkswithrabies
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
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Again, great stuff.

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der präsident pfirsich

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from: skyfalls
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I'm still not as satisfied with my Rufus cosplay ... something about the trim unnerves me. I really need to stop being so anal about everything. It's not as polished as I would like it to be, since I redid the trim in the hotel room. x_x

I'm looking forward to cosplaying AC Rufus if only for the fact that I don't have to worry with that blasted trim. His new outfit is so much more put together looking. Basically, everything about AC is more sleek and polished looking. It makes me very happy because I'll be the first to admit that some of the original character designs left something to be desired. I'm just half terrified of the excessive amount of ShinRa cosplayers AC will prompt. I suppose when you have a core of longtime, good cosplayers ... the others will eventually tire and drop off again.

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Antonio Cicilia

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from: turkswithrabies
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Well, be satisfied that you actually have a lovely Rufus outfit done. I have yet to explore into that realm, as someone, whom I cosplay with frequently, finds me more Turk material than Rufus material. But, we shall not venture into that hole.

I am a little nervous about my next convention. One reason is that, I have never done Tseng, and though he is one of my main muses, it is hard picturing me as Tseng. I lack that whole height business, you see. Second reason is that I, too, fear the multiplying Shinra cosplayers.

I suppose I will just have to take it as it comes. We'll see if luck is, indeed, on my side.

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der präsident pfirsich

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from: skyfalls
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Again, I'm terribly anal about everything. ::laughs.:: I look at my costume and see any number of problems with it that I'm sure no one even notices. See, I was a costuming major for all of a semester and really almost went insane because things were not perfect on the costumes. With cosplay, I have noticed that nothing is ever perfect regardless of how well known or good you are, and yet for some reason I have to have perfection, which is near impossibly. But yeah ... that's where my problem comes from.

And height's really not an issue as long as you manage to pull it off well. Crystal and I are both short as all hell, which I suppose is fine for Rufus since I've always thought he wasn't too terribly tall to begin with.

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Antonio Cicilia

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from: turkswithrabies
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Well, that would account for the nitpicking of your outfits, now wouldn't it? Unfortunately, I have zero sewing skills, and as such, I look to Jay to make some of my outfits.

And, on the subject of height, the group I am with has people a little taller than myself. Kitty, as Reno, and Jay, as Rufus. This means I will have to make myself a little taller in some fashion.

I'll jsut add that to the list of things I have to do. Oi. Schiesse.

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der präsident pfirsich

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from: skyfalls
date: Sep. 18th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
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Ha. I have no sewing skills either aside from detail work. I can bead, sew buttons, et cetera.

Kitty's not that tall. I think we were about eye level, of course I was wearing heels.

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from: ex_epinoia286
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
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You look great; you're beautiful!

I'm anal about hair too, which is why I'd like to either tweak or completely redo my Elena wig. There's always the cutting/dying option of my own hair, but I'm not so sure I'm that bold.

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der präsident pfirsich

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from: skyfalls
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Aww, thank you.

I really love your Elena wig. Granted, I'm completely in love with your Elena. It's flawless.

And I wouldn't recommend bleaching your natural hair, it really ruined mine initially. Though, that was likely due to the excessive amount of black I already had on my hair prior to doing so. I'm just a bit insane at times.

Now I am regretting my decision to darken my hair several months ago.

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from: ex_epinoia286
date: Sep. 18th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Aw, you're so sweet-- thank you so much! Elena is so underappreciated, and it's nice getting a compliment from such a great cosplayer!

Yeah, the idea of bleaching my hair was a fleeting thought. My hair is very dark with natural red highlights. Bleaching it would absolutely destroy my hair. You look fantastic with blonde hair, but dark hair is also gorgeous on you, from that shot in your user info. You're one of the lucky gals that can pull either off. ;)

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der präsident pfirsich

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from: skyfalls
date: Sep. 18th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Quite welcome. I've been fangirling over your Elena and your boyfriend's Reno for some time now. It's very rare to see such excellent ShinRa cosplay. Most people look at the Turks and see easy cosplay, but for some reason very few do it well.

I'd advise against it. Especially if you have natural red highlights in your hair. My hair's naturally auburn and bleaching will turn that orange -- okay, so that wasn't really an issue with Rufus. Your Elena wig looks really great, so I wouldn't worry about it. And thank you ... technically, my hair has been every natural colour and several unnatural ones. ::laughs.::

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from: ex_epinoia286
date: Sep. 19th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
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We've always thought your Rufus was awesome too, honestly. ;) And yes, I've noticed that well-done ShinRa cosplay is uncommon. I guess the "easy" factor translates into "ill-fitting blue/black suit and random items from my closet". Which, you know-- whatever floats your boat, but I'm too much of a perfectionist to do that. ;)

Thank you so much! And hm, do you mind if I add you? I'll probably do so after posting this comment, but if you prefer keeping your LJ friends list to people you already know, I understand. :)

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der präsident pfirsich

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from: skyfalls
date: Sep. 20th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
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Hehe, I remember we more or less were stalking each other around several months ago on cosplay.com. And I'll be the first to admit I am the master of 'closet cosplay' as I pieced together a Regency gown for a masque in less than thirty minutes this past March. I'm shameless at times, but hey it can work as long as you actually put effort into it. It's like with ShinRa cosplay, you more or less need to buy an actual suit in order for it to look right, but you should also do the needed alterations. So many Rufus cosplayers think that if they're wearing white, they're good to go and it makes me cry.

Yeah, feel free to. I was actually planning on adding you earlier and just forgot to. I don't really post about anything overlly relevant to the betterment of mankind. Mostly fandom ramblings, and cosplay. In fact, lately I've melted into a little puddle of fangirly goo. Advent Children ate my brain sometime around last Monday morning.

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from: cloud_strife
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm so anal retentive about the hair being correct

I am as well. XD

You look great. ;)

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der präsident pfirsich

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from: skyfalls
date: Sep. 17th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
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I've seen too many people get the hair wrong in the past. I'm of the belief if you're going to take the time and effort to actually cosplay, you should try to do your best. Most people either wear it too long, too short, too dark, too light ... or have really bad wigs.

And thank you.

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from: cloud_strife
date: Sep. 18th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
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Same here. ::Nods and high fives.:: ^_^

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der präsident pfirsich

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from: skyfalls
date: Sep. 18th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
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Your wig's not bad, in fact I was meaning to ask you where you got it. Right now my best option has been to find a longer wig similar to my old hair style and doing serious cutting/styling.

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Kristi

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from: mistress_yuna
date: Oct. 17th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
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Wow do you actually have a tiny Shinra logo on your neck? That is a really neat touch, how in the world did you do that?

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from: skyfalls
date: Oct. 17th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
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Yes, I do. Thanks, it's actually a small print out of the logo on photo paper that I super glued to a lapel pin.

And, hey. You're the Kuja cosplayer that my best friend made the costume for. ^_^

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from: Undercover
date: Oct. 17th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Thats awesome.

I am? Wait, she once showed me pictures of a Rufus Shinra cosplayer...lol wow small world!

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Kristi

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from: mistress_yuna
date: Oct. 17th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Yike sorry for the anonymous post, that was me.

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