Login or register to post.
Login to reply  Page: « < 1 of 2 > »
20 Apr 2010 - 01:5130192
Tattoos and Cosplay
I've been thinking about how tattoos effect cosplay. if you saw say a character that doesnt have any tattoos yet the cosplayer has a tattoo right in the middle would it ruin it for you? should a cosplay feel they need to hide their tattoos or play a character than has coverage? and while im here on this subject would snoozaroo or spray tan cover up tattoo markings since theres a few cosplays i feel interested in but they show a bit more skin than i normally cosplay?

though i may be biased on my opinion since i have a few tattoos on my body and is contemplating getting more, im always thinking if someone complains to me about having tattoos when my character doesnt have a tattoo im always tempted to say "so i should rip my skin off?" though this hasnt happened to me im just preparing for it


20 Apr 2010 - 02:3630193
this is something i'm always a bit concious of having some tattoo's myself.
with my cammy cosplay I used both snazaroo with flesh coloured tights to cover the tattoo's on my hips, my shoulder tattoo is harder to cover when i'm putting a costume on by myself though!
snazaroo alone is a pretty tough job to cover the tattoo... it takes many layers and is usually more effective when layered over something like foundation

I think a lot of it is personal preference, if you're really bothered about what a few people might say about it being inaccurate or "ruining" the costume or if you feel it distracts too much you can cover them..... and there are some make ups designed for this though the best ones can be costly! but i'm sure some people can understand that it can add a lot of time onto getting into costume etc~



Last edited by montblanc (20 Apr 2010 - 02:39)
20 Apr 2010 - 06:0730194
see im not quite sure on this one either. i am coverd in tattoos, (arms,leg,neck,hand.) so covering them i would almost have to wear a catsuit! So i guess the tattoos and peircings are just going to have to be part of me no matter who i cosplay andd people will have to look "past" them. Though if there is a complete way of covering them (like spray tan?????) i would consider it...but is there?


__________________
www.zandras.co.uk
20 Apr 2010 - 08:1630196
i myself have three tattoos, soon to be four hopefully, and once tryed covering them for a cosplay..... and i will never do it again.
i love my tattoos too much and love showing them off (esp my bri from appleseed one lol)

i have cosplayed a few times with all three tattoos showing and have never had any comments about it, so if you love to show of your tats then do so, if a few ppl cant look past them and at the actual costume, just tell them that cosplay is for FUN and no-one should be able to tell you how and who you should cosplay just because of a few tats or studs.


__________________
Oh i am ninja, he is ninja, we are ninja to.
20 Apr 2010 - 10:3730200
I think it depends mostly on what you're trying to do with your cosplay, if you take my meaning. I wouldn't dream of dictating to anyone whether they should or should not do x, y or z as part of cosplay but my personal inclination would be to cover up wherever necessary. I do have one small tattoo in a place that's only ever likely to be seen if I'm wearing a high-legged leotard or swimsuit, but if I ever do, say, cosplay as someone from Gunbuster I'll try to disguise it because I don't want to ruin the effect of the costume (and, if I'm in a competition, I'll want to be as accurate as possible and a tattoo isn't accurate).

But like I say, that's my personal viewpoint for myself. If you do just want to get dressed up for the day and have some fun in costume then feh, do what works for you I say.


__________________
Cara bell', cara mia bella, mia bambina, o ciel!
20 Apr 2010 - 11:2130202
This is a hard one... I know im struggling with it! SOOO MANY cosplays that i would love to do, all have thier stomaches on show.. and for me.. that would be a problem becuase of my side piece. Its big, its bright and it colourful... and would be a bitch to cover up!!well all of my tattoos would be!

The perfectionist part of me says "no, you cant do it, it would look rubbish if you tried to cover it up, and the character doesnt have it so no, dont do it!!"

But the other side of me thinks "F**k it! Its me, and who i am, i'm gonna be covered one day, and its what i do as a proffession, and thats not gonna stop me from cosplaying!! So why should i have to hide who i am, when i want to celebrate characters that i love!"

so yeah.. its definetly a tough one!


20 Apr 2010 - 12:4730207
To me. I dont think it matters. It personally doesnt ruin it for me and I have several big tattoos.

Cosplay is not by any means an exclusive clique were certain people aren't allowed in due to tattoos or piercings etc. =)

I feel it helps you get more recognised at cons and stuff cos people are like hey! You're so and so with the feet tattoos, or words to that effect =D

You shouldnt be worried about it. Your tattoos are a part of you and make you different. It helps you not be just another cosplayer if you get me? You shouldnt wanna hide them.. Show them off and be proud!


20 Apr 2010 - 13:4730210
In my opinion it depends a bit on the character you're cosplaying. If they're someone who might not necessarily have THAT tattoo, but who'd be likely to have something similar, then I'd say just go with it unless you're really concerned about accuracy. On the other hand, if you're cosplaying a sweet 'n' innocent 12-year-old girl, and you have a massive tribal tat on show, it's somewhat jarring to the eye, because the viewer's brain will say "DOES NOT COMPUTE". I know covering tats is very difficult, even with professional makeup, so in that kind of situation I'd say just try to fade it out a bit with foundation so that it's not the first thing the eye is drawn to.


20 Apr 2010 - 14:1830212
i was also curious to how do masquarade judges view tattoos?


20 Apr 2010 - 14:2530213
Quote Odangochan:
On the other hand, if you're cosplaying a sweet 'n' innocent 12-year-old girl, and you have a massive tribal tat on show, it's somewhat jarring to the eye, because the viewer's brain will say "DOES NOT COMPUTE". I know covering tats is very difficult, even with professional makeup, so in that kind of situation I'd say just try to fade it out a bit with foundation so that it's not the first thing the eye is drawn to.

I thought about that when having my photo taken dressed as Sheeta and as Kiki; neither of those young girls have tattoos but I have one on my ankle which was displayed when in costume. I did plan to cover it up but I forgot about it completely and only remembered when photos were being taken!
After that, I tried to position myself so that it wasn't on display - but that didn't always happen
So I would say do what you're comfortable with. It's your body, your cosplay, your choice


__________________
Shoot for the moon.
If you miss you'll be among the stars.

20 Apr 2010 - 15:5830217
Quote Odangochan:
In my opinion it depends a bit on the character you're cosplaying.


I'm of the same mind as Odangochan really, and that it's also personal choice. If you feel it will detract from the character or you are going for 100% accuracy, cover it up.

The tattoo I have at the moment will never really show in photos so I don't have to worry about it, but when I finally get my second one (shoulder blade to side) I'll probably choose to cover it up if I'm going in a masquerade or doing a really nice photoshoot.

For those who want to cover up tattoos, check out specialist make-up shops like Charles Fox in London. They do special very heavy foundation for people who wish to cover up dark marks on the skin such as birth marks, scars or tattoos. Works very well!

Quote Lolita Hime:
i was also curious to how do masquarade judges view tattoos?

Each person has their own views, but personally I do not 'deduct points' as such for someone having a tattoo. The judging I've done has always been based on construction skills and presentation of the outfit, wig and props. Tattoos or birth marks are part of someone's body, and should not be included in the judging as far as I'm concerned. (Again, this is my two pennies and obviously doesn't speak for everyone!)


20 Apr 2010 - 16:3830222
cheers everyone its nice to see the diff views from people


20 Apr 2010 - 18:1430229
i have 4 tattoos myself and have so many more planned. I really do worry about my costumes with this when i have one where they are covered im like YES! as they are so hard to cover!


__________________
~~If You'll Be My Star, I'll Be Your Sky~~
20 Apr 2010 - 20:2630241
This is the issue that is holding me back from having a tattoo. I'd be really paranoid that someone will get upity about it.

However, you can't help how you look, be it by choice or down to your dna. So, I personally wouldn't be peeved if you had a tattoo when the character doesn't.


__________________
Ayacon Plans
20 Apr 2010 - 21:0930251
I have tattoos on my arms. A massive cherry blossom vine on my left arm and a cross on my right one.

I cosplayed Aerith at the weekend to a picnic event. And well it went with the costume. I dont think it matters if you have tattoos, I love them and dont hide them for anything.

But if I was cosplaying a kid, I would cover them over some how.


__________________
20 Apr 2010 - 21:1630252
Quote Lolita Hime:
i was also curious to how do masquarade judges view tattoos?


As a judge in the past I have never deducted points based on tattoos. I have always judged based on the construction of the costume, likeness, creativity and level of skill. Tattoos don't tend to come into it.

As a cosplayer i think it depends on who you are cosplaying. I have one on my forearm that has appeared a couple of times. I didn't really cover it up as its quite small and it dosen't really have any impact on the costume.

Its all down to the person cosplaying and how close they want they're costume to be.


__________________
20 Apr 2010 - 21:2330253
thanks for the advice, because i should be gettin a somewhat large tattoo this year and was worried it would ruin my costumes


20 Apr 2010 - 22:3530261
See I would find it diffcult to cover my tattoo as I'm very pale and the lightest foundation my mother could get me still looks orange on my skin, and considering my tattoo is on my wrist which is even lighter I would just leave it to be honest.
Luckily everyone I have cosplayed so far has have gloves or wrist bands on
I also have a nose ring but all I can do with that is put a stud in =3=


20 Apr 2010 - 23:0230264
Ok... So I want complete honesty here guys... alot of you are saying 'depends on the character' I have always wanted to Cosplay Patti Thompson From Soul eater, im sure you're all familiar! Shes cute right?? So how would you feel to see her with this..



Because I, more than anyone is up for this whole Express yourself, be who you want to be stuff! 100% And Im totally proud of my ink! love it so much and wouldnt change it for the world.. but I am holding back!

So let me know what you think, And i want you to be completely honest! Would this change your view of a cosplay??


20 Apr 2010 - 23:3630269
nice tattoo and nope, that would just make me a hypocrite. looks fine to me


21 Apr 2010 - 00:0230270
Firstly, your tatts are really beautiful

Secondly, I don't think they'd detract much from Patty's overall look. She is cute but she's pretty spunky, too - it'd hardly be as jarring to see a Patty cosplayer with tattoos like those as it would be if you were doing, say, Sailor Moon or someone. If you want to do it then do it


__________________
Cara bell', cara mia bella, mia bambina, o ciel!
21 Apr 2010 - 06:4430277
i'd say leave your tattoos showing, i'd say try cover it up a little if you were cosplaying someone like Kamina and you had a butterfly tatto or something D: but otherwise its just a part of you, its not detracting from your cosplay so it should be all good!


21 Apr 2010 - 13:3030301
Quote Lolita Hime:
i was also curious to how do masquarade judges view tattoos?


As the others said, it doesn't really come into play as it has no bearing on your construction ability and the effort you've put into the costume. For me personally, again, if it's totally inappropriate to the character I'd suggest making some effort to cover it just to improve the general effect, but really, not so much an issue.

I might compliment you on your ink if it shows and I like it though!


21 Apr 2010 - 15:2830312
my view is if the tattoo is a cosplay related one should paint one on instead but a tattoo cause you want one is fine to me dosent matter if it shows as its your choice to have it ^__^


21 Apr 2010 - 21:0830333
Quote Alyx:
Ok... So I want complete honesty here guys... alot of you are saying 'depends on the character' I have always wanted to Cosplay Patti Thompson From Soul eater, im sure you're all familiar! Shes cute right?? So how would you feel to see her with this..

Because I, more than anyone is up for this whole Express yourself, be who you want to be stuff! 100% And Im totally proud of my ink! love it so much and wouldnt change it for the world.. but I am holding back!

So let me know what you think, And i want you to be completely honest! Would this change your view of a cosplay??


firstly your side piece is amazing! looks beautiful :3
but if you want to cosplay patty go for it!!
if it does still feel an issue for you, when someone asks for a photo angle that side away from the camera maybe? it dosent show of your whole costume like you'd want it to i guess, but its an idea to play with ^^
just pose about in a mirror and see if theres ways to make it look less obvious maybe?


__________________
~smarter than your average idiot!~
Login to reply  Page: « < 1 of 2 > »