Hey, so, I do have two questions in my inbox that I promise I will get to by tomorrow, but I want you all to have a look at this shirt from Hot Topic.
I don’t like this shirt and I know that others have shown their disapproval of this shirt. Why? Well, I’ll tell you.
It screams that you should be the best or don’t try at all. It makes me feel that you have to be an elitist snob to cosplay and that, if you don’t have any talent in sewing or whatever, that you should just give up.
That is not what the cosplay community is about. People from all colors and creed and skill levels should have fun cosplaying and, if you’re not the best, who cares! It’s about FUN! And, if you aren’t having fun, then maybe drop cosplay for a bit until it feels fun again.
But to have this shirt tell you that you should only “do it right or don’t do it at all” is bollocks. You should make a cosplay that you are comfortable in first and worry about the accuracy second. Because you are making the cosplay for you, no one else. And, if you’re not comfortable in it, then modify it to make yourself feel comfortable in it.
A character you wanna cosplay has an unneeded boob window? Fix it so it makes you comfortable. The character’s outfit is a bit too cumbersome? Fix it so it works for you. You can take creative liberties to make sure that you, yourself, feel comfortable in the cosplay you make (or order, just make sure that if you commission someone to let them know about modifications you may want done to a character’s cosplay).
Cosplay should not be about being 100% accurate or having to be the best, that’s just too stressful. So, don’t feel like you aren’t good because you’ll get better. Every cosplayer gets better and learns little things the help out immensely!
So, do me the favor and don’t invest in this shirt, guys, because it send the absolute wrong message for the community.