It’s time once more for another cosplayer interview! This next one, shared from Cosplay Blog with a Brain, is an interview with Edeamous/Vash! He’s a cosplayer from Colorado, with quite a collection of costumes!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I don’t really have an alias per-say, but because of my most notorious costume, people like to call me Vash, despite the costume I’m wearing (even just plain clothes).
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
Oh gosh! I tried to put a random costume together my very first convention back in 2002. I’ve always loved costumes, and getting dressed up, so once I started, I was hooked.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I like soldering irons and guns. I know it sounds weird but destroying bits of a costume to get desired effects is FAR more entertaining than sitting there sewing for hours and hours and hours. I do however enjoy painting. I really love to paint props and such.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Oh gosh, right now I’m playing with sintra, but I hope to work with steel, and cold cathodes, LEDs, and EL Sheets.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I like to see heart put into costumes, you can really tell the difference between just putting a costume on, and really WEARING the costume. When you make something yourself, or even just piece it together, you’ll always look better in whatever you wear- FEEL better in whatever you wear when you put your feelings into it.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
My personal view of the cosplay scene? It’s a little too competitive right now, nerds in costume trying to be the best nerd in a costume. I like to dress up and goof around, get into character and just have a good time- but I think most of the scene is becoming a little too vicious and mean about cosplay, and it really breaks your heart to see.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
People just need to relax more, be a little nicer.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Don’t be afraid to try new things; being afraid to start a project is the biggest motivation killer out there. Because anything you do will improve what you CAN do on your next project.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Starfest and Nebraskon. I LOVED the people at Nebraskon, they were fun, down to earth, and their panels were some of the most fun I’ve ever been to (I even got auctioned off in one of them). Starfest is always a blast, especially drinking with celebrities later at night.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
My Vash costume is the one I’m proudest of (it took the most time and money to make, so I hope I’d be), I actually took the coat out and shot it with a couple hundred rounds at my buddy’s farm. The bullet holes are REAL bullet holes.