Q:Hi it's the fitness motivation anon again! Thank you for the help and I'm feeling better about it already and plan on running some more today! Thank you so much! I just wanted to know why you exercise and do fitness and what your motivation is if that's okay to ask? Thank you!
Glad I could help! You go on that run and set that new personal best and just keep going at it, kid. You’re good now, and you’ll be great soon enough if you keep it up!
As for my own motivation, it can be summed up in the most childish way possible by saying “I want to be Spider-Man.” There’s two sides to that— wanting to do all the fun climbing stuff, because hey! I just like climbing, whether it’s on a rock face, or doing parkour through a city.
The other side, though, is being able to help people, whether that’s people who aren’t strong enough to help themselves, and people who are but just need some help sometimes. And while that’s the main focus of my lifting/climbing/exercising, that’s not always going to be a physical strength thing. But being in shape, and strong, and making the progress that I have in the past year, definitely helps build the lacking confidence and self-esteem it takes to help others who need to get there too.
It’s thrown around a lot that exercise should be about you and what you want to achieve personally, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being fit for other people either, whether it’s a cheesy reason or a vain one. Whether you want to save the world or have that beach bod, it’s getting you healthier, right? So, go for it.
That said, getting shredded, or ripped, or grilled, or baked for 35 minutes at 375° with a teriyaki-maple glaze, or something, that’s been a good side effect of all of it. So that’s good. Sorry to ramble, stranger!
Q:do you have any fetishes? and would you ever have sex in cosplay?
Bondage and sexy outfits’ve always been on that list. BDSM culture’s always intrigued me, more for the sub/dom aspect than the pain/pleasure bit.
As for sex in cosplay, I’d like to think I construct my costumes to a standard of “can mostly survive falling down the stairs,” so sure, why not! Lot of stuff to get in the way though.
Q:Since you are someone who's in shape and does a lot of fitness I was wondering if you could help me? I have been trying to exercise for almost a month and I am finding it very difficult to go on my runs and be motivated and was wondering if you have any advice?
All about your goals, kid! What are you aiming for? Getting stronger? Looking better? Climbing Mount Everest? Fighting a bear?
Achieving your goals, especially fitness-related ones, is no easy process. It’s gradual, and takes a lot of time, and a lot of work, and a lot of discipline and dedication. But is the payoff worth it? Absolutely.
Figure out what your goals are, and remind yourself of them constantly. Find videos or pictures showcasing your inspiration. Note down your progress, either in a notebook, or pictures, or clothing sizes, or videos of you doing things, or anything. Compare it to where you were a month ago, or three, or twelve.
You’ll surprise others before you surprise yourself, and it’ll take a while to do either, but you’ll get there! Consistency and determination are most of that battle, but if you can keep yourself going then you’ll be fine.
Q:What cons do you go to?
This year it’s been Katsucon, Sakura-con, Fanime, Colossalcon, and soon my first Dragoncon. Next year I’ll be cutting back a bit— probably just doing NewconPDX, Colossalcon, and if Dragoncon goes well this year, I’ll try for it again next year too! But I’m impetuous, so we’ll see.
Q:Sorry if this is to forward but do you have a Amazon Wish List or PO Box? I would like to buy you something if thats OK XD Your quiet is great btw!
I’ve got neither, and couldn’t bring myself to accept a gift from an anonymous stranger even if I did! Got hard enough trouble accepting them from friends. If you absolutely can’t stop yourself though, I am a volunteer for Vancouver Search and Rescue. They’re always looking for donations for equipment, training, and the like!
Normally I don’t really comment on celebrity deaths, but damned if I’m not making an exception for Robin Williams. This is gonna sound real weird, but don’t be sad that he’s dead.
Be glad he was part of your life from Aladdin, to Dead Poet’s Society, to Bicentennial Man, to One Hour Photo, to Flubber, to everything in between. Be glad someone like that gave you some good times, and even more good times when you found his standup bits after thinking he was this child-friendly guy. If you ever got to shake his hand, or get an autograph, or chat with him for a bit, be glad for that too. He had a full career, raised a great daughter, and made millions of people smile. Be glad you got to be one of them. Be glad he didn’t go out on a good note, but a goddamn orchestra echoing for him.
Now, if you do feel sad, don’t feel sad that he died, feel sad that he chose to go the way he did. I’m all for hope, and trying, and overcoming, but after years against depression he’d obviously had enough of that, and that’s where the real tragedy is; when someone so good who’s helped so many just can’t hope for another good day and decides to end it.
If you take something from all this, it’s to cherish the people you’ve got. Make sure the people you’re close to are alright, and hell, even the ones you’re not close to. Whether they move, or die, or you just grow apart, it’s important to make whatever time you get count. Reach out to people. Hesitate less. Make sure everyone’s okay.
For any of you going through, well, anything, don’t keep it in. Talk to me. Talk to anyone. Reach out to people. Don’t wear a smile if you don’t feel like it. Be open. Be honest. People listen more than you’d think and it’s almost always for the better if you speak up, so, do. You’re a champion, even if you don’t feel like it; never know who’ll help you get there.
I have an inbox and I’m always willing to listen, and if you’d rather keep anonymous, there are help lines that are always willing to lend an ear and some advice.
Q:I saw your makeup test and think you would make a very pretty lady :3c are you going to be crossplaying soon?
Considering it! Most of the women I want to crossplay show a whole lot of what I don’t got, but Korra would be great to try sometime next year!
Dante (DmC: Devil May Cry) worn by myself [Facebook]
Kat worn by The Starktorialist [Facebook]
Shot 1 courtesy of Passers Life [Facebook]
Shot 2 and 3 courtesy of Stephen Melvin
Shot 4 courtesy of Dale L (email@example.com)
All great photographers that I met and worked with for the first time the weekend these were shot! Really glad we managed to get the “grossed out by squirrel jizz” shot in too.
Quiet (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain) worn by myself [Facebook]
Shots 3 and 4 courtesy of Viktor Vatici
A few more goofy Quiet shots and I’m done posting these, I swear! Featuring Michi Cosplay as EVA in shot 3 there too. When I initially posted my Quiet home test run on Twitter, she said she’d find me and get a photo— and at Fanime she did just that! She’s a great person and fantastic cosplayer, go check her work out and say hi. Looks like we’re starting a MGS Bikini Club! Who wants to join eh?
Dante (DmC: Devil May Cry)
Dante worn by myself [Facebook]
Kat worn by Chinasaur [Facebook]
Really glad with how this whole costume came together. It’s mostly nothing fancy, but making that jacket was a huge learning experience! I’m no master this whole “making clothes” bit, but damned if that jacket isn’t constructed to be bombproof, water-resistant, and functional. And I really like the texture of that vinyl I got for it.
As for the photos, M1Photo delivered nothing but quality again! I’ve praised the guy’s know-how and skill in my Quiet photos, and I’m saying it again, he’s a wizard with lighting. Drama, grit, and shiney eyes!
More photos coming up soon enough from later shoots!
Used to have to do cycling, climbing, or lifting. Now I can just do them all at once.
Less impressive than it (maybe) looks— with the bike itself and my locks, that’s only an extra 30 lbs or so. Still fun!
Crossplaying’s always been a curiousity of mine, and seeing a friend get back into it’s made me contemplate giving it a go. So, “Photoshop makeup” test. Don’t really have much clue what I’m doing, but theoretically this could all be done with regular makeup (though I’d actually shave, of course). Gotta start somewhere.
Q:Hey I saw that post you made of the mgs themed shirts. May I ask what kind of paper you used for the stencils and what type of paint that you used? And if it's not any trouble can you give me some tips on how to do the gradient effect seen on some of your shirts or whatever please? ;w;
For stencils I usually use whatever cheapest card stock/bristol paper I can find. Thick enough that it won’t tear when I’m cutting it, but thin enough to place over my computer monitor to trace designs!
The paint’s just regular ol’ spray-paint. Tried everything from the craft stuff to plastic/metallic enamels, and they all have more or less the same effect. It’ll fade very slightly after the first wash, but after that it’s fine!
The gradient effect is just a matter of spraying higher/lower on the stencil and/or doing longer/shorter bursts on the nozzle. The splatter effect on The Boss’ design is just from lightly pressing down on it, since the paint builds up slightly and spatters a bit instead of coming out in one large spray. Simple!
Since I’ve got a few more of these MGS designs to do early next month, I’ll try to take some photos for a tutorial post if my stumbly, jumbly explanation here isn’t enough. Realize I’m not the most clear person, sorry!