First name and last initial: Timothy S.
Where are you from originally, or where do you currently reside? Trumbull, Connecticut.
How long have you been cosplaying? 5 years.
Which characters have you cosplayed? Monkey D. Luffy, Robin the Boy Wonder, Fix It Felix. Jr., Team Aqua Grunt, Timmy Turner, Fear (Inside Out), and Professor Farnsworth.
What inspired you to start cosplaying? There was an article on IGN showing off all the cosplayers at New York Comic Con the year before I started going, and all the cosplays looked so awesome. Looking at all those photos made me want to join in on the fun.
What do you do when you’re not cosplaying? I like to draw, play video games, watch movies and anime, listen to music, and dance.
Which costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far, and why? The biggest costume challenge was Fear from the Pixar movie Inside Out. He only has one long string hair and is blue skinned, so I had to find some way to cover my hair. I ended up using a blue bandana and gluing a blue pipe cleaner to it. The rest was easy; I just bought blue make up and the rest of the outfit online.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? The number one rule is to make sure you can properly breathe and see with your costume on. I made that mistake with Professor Farnsworth. My costume looked great, but I could barely see where I was going with the glasses. Having fun would the next most important thing. It doesn’t matter if you look like the character you’re cosplaying. As long as you’re having fun, that’s all that matters.
What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? I’ve seen some people get a little too physical with women who are cosplaying. They’re not objects for you to touch and take pictures of; they’re people just like you. The majority of the time, they will let you take a picture of them. All you have to do is ask. And if you’re taking a photo with them, a casual arm around the shoulder is fine, but nothing more. It doesn’t matter what they’re wearing; sexual assault is sexual assault.