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Tatsue: Taking on Cosplay Challenges with a Smile

"I would say the challenge is the process, creating something
new that you have never created before and challenging
yourself to be better each time you make something new."
- Tatsue
Cosplaying Terra from Final Fantasy VI
Photo by Natalie Daniel

Every time I see Tatsue at a convention she always has something bigger and better with her cosplays. Her attention to detail and time put into her cosplays shows through when she reveals a new project.

"Challenging oneself to test your skills
and improve them are great traits in a
cosplayer. Even with all her amazing skills
Tatsue still remembers the number one rule of anything:
Have fun."
- VFire
Tatsue as Legolas: The Lord of the Rings
Photo by Sam Miyake

Tatsue enjoys the smiles she puts on people's faces because of her hard work. She takes on the challenge of cosplay. What is this challenge? Cosplay is often described as the creation of the impossible and many costumes can be very difficult to make without the proper skill sets. Tatsue takes each costume creation and pushes her skill sets. She can sew, paint, embroider, and more. From fabric dyeing to armor and prop fabrication, Tatsue takes cosplay seriously but remembers that having fun is the most important part.

You can find Tatsue at these places:
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Deviantart
Facebook

Interview with Tatsue

What was your very first cosplay and what was your inspiration?

Kadaj from Final Fantasy VII: I have always loved Sephiroth but never felt like I would have been able to cosplay him properly and I still feel that way. So I latched onto the "youngest" and shortest version of him, which happened to be Kadaj, and that was my way of paying homage to Sephiroth I suppose.

What has been your greatest cosplay challenge yet?

Loki. That costume made me cry myself to sleep at night. There was just so much that could go wrong and that DID go wrong. I had never done anything on that scale before and I used a lot of materials I had never used. Every time I was happy with something I would turn around and find out I had done something else totally wrong.

Tatsue as Loki: The Avengers
Photo by Howie Muzika

What is your dream cosplay?

You know, I have no idea. when it comes to cosplay I don't really look too far into the future anymore. Most of the time I think that maybe I want to do a costume, and before I know it the fabric is in my hands. I never really know what I am going to do until I am already doing it.

How would you define cosplay?

Cosplay is a not so simple act of showing your love and dedication to character or series. Or sometimes it ends up that you are showing your dedication to to your friend's interests, and that is cool too.

What is your favorite crafting technique or use of material?

I will always hold a special place in my heart for craft foam. It might not be the best material to use most of the time, but it can be used for so many things when you are on a tight budget like me. If I can substitute something with craft foam, you better believe that I will. I don't think I even have a costume where craft foam wasn't used somewhere.

Tatsue as Gakupo from Vocaloid
Photo by Shiroin

Two more questions: This one is from my best friend Sadee. Pirates or ninjas?

Ninjas. Sorry Edward Kenway.

What advice do you have newcomers entering the cosplay community?

Don't forget to have fun. Too many cosplayers take themselves far too seriously and it ends up being stressful and feeling too much like work. Remember why you started cosplaying and never stop having fun. 

Remember, we are all just adults playing dress up. 

Tatsue as Kafei: Majora's Mask
Photo by Nivi Hicks

Thank you Tatsue for your time. Readers, check back in two weeks for Tatsue in the "How it is Made" section of the blog. I do not know what she has planned yet but you can expect it to be awesome. 


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