Costume :Hwoarang
Source :Tekken 5
Progress :Complete
Worn At :MinamiCon 11 (2005)

Costume Photos

Jacket details

Fighting pose


Costume Information

Cost : £50
Time Taken : 25-30 hours

Tekken, although unloved by many, is my favourite fighting game series and Hwoarang my favourite character by far. He has a cool casual outfit, fights using Tae Kwon Do which I used to practice, and is generally a bad ass guy. I prefer his biker outfits to his dobok, and actually made his outfit from Tekken 3 for a friend's fancy dress party years back before I knew conventions existed :D When the designs came out for Tekken 5 I fell in love, and had to make it.

The jeans and shoes were my own, the gloves I added the 'gauntlet' part to to make them more like his own. The top and chaps were made from scratch and caused me endless amount of hassle! The chaps less so, as they mainly took time to do, although when wearing they had a tendency to slip down after a while due to the weight of the metal. This is the one costume that made me appreciate my rivet tool. I think I counted 170 rivets in total on this costume, darn those absolutely useless chap belts!

The top was okay to make, I took the shape from a high collared top I already had, but the designs took ages. I tested various methods to try and replicate the embossed leather look, and ended up laying a seperate design cut out of leatherette on top of the jacket and sewing around the edges. This was truly a test of my sewing machine skills, and caused a lot of swearing in my room! Overall it looked fairly messy, but I was pleased with the fact that it actually worked.

Last but not least, the goggles we loaned by my friend Vivi - I actually had a pair offered by Spunky that were more accurate, but I thought these looked cooler. Yeah, but that time accuracy had gone out of the window anyway and I just wanted to have fun ;)

Because I hate myself, I'm actually considering remaking this completely in an alternative colour version! It would actually give me a chance to complete the entire costume though, and do his hair and shoes properly.


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I smell the stench of a Tekken group still. Har~
I remember your crazy hair for this costume, even though at that point I had NO idea who you were cosplaying, having never played Tekken in my life.

by Tak on Tuesday, 6 November, 2007 - 21:25
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that jacket looks great how on earth did you do it?

by Annadill on Wednesday, 14 November, 2007 - 15:19
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Tekken group plz!!! Yes indeed!

by Ninodog on Thursday, 15 November, 2007 - 16:21
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he is my most favouritest tekken character ever!


by Lulu Rose on Thursday, 22 November, 2007 - 23:02
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OMG i love Hwoarang!! this looks so good. even though i have yet to play tekken 5. i can't find it anywhere! T~T


by Hexi on Tuesday, 6 May, 2008 - 20:29
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Wow!! I've always wanted to do this cosplay [well....since Tekken 5 came out anyway], but then I looked at the outfit closer up and realised it was a little out of my league.
You did a radical job, that vest must of been a bitch.

by TioMach on Thursday, 5 February, 2009 - 23:38
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Thank you guys! It's great to see some Tekken love XD

TioMach - Seriously, do him. Please! This jacket taught me loads about sewing (or how not to sew, lol) and someone MALE really needs to do him! (No promises that you won't get molested though :P)

by Delusional on Monday, 23 February, 2009 - 22:48
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Hmmmmmmm, a really cool outfit AND a chance of free molestation. I'd be a fool not to.

by TioMach on Sunday, 26 April, 2009 - 23:56