It’s time for another interview, this time with ShinWHO! He’s a creative cosplayer from the United States, who has some amazing crossplay costumes!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
ShinWHO. It comes from my early days in the videogame industry when I put my initials into games as “WHO.” Then I added the “Shin” to show I was the “real” or “true” “WHO.”
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
9 years. Seeing fans of videogames dressed as their favorite characters got me started.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
The fiberglass-reinforced plastic parts custom commissioned for me by my favorite prop studio. The quality is ridiculous, but it still takes a lot of work to put together and make it look right without falling apart, lol.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
My new Mari Illustrious Makinami plugsuits from Evangelion 3.0! The parts will again be made by my favorite prop studio, but this time I’ll get to play around with a helmet and light-up beast mode! Plus that cool-looking, new Unit 8 plugsuit!
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Accuracy and/or creativity. Lots of cosplayers are great at this, but two of my personal favorites are the sisters of Yuurisans Cosplay.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene?”
Too much focus on competitiveness (especially online!) instead of doing it to show your love of a character and series as a hobby.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Exclusivity with who some work with needs to go away. There needs to be less focus on giveaways for reaching certain numbers of likes, promoting only certain cosplayers constantly, etc. Honestly, stop focusing so much on contests and just show off your hard work and creativity!
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Definitely do it! It’s amazingly fun! Perhaps don’t start with something ridiculously complicated, but mainly don’t pay much attention to what others think and cosplay the characters you genuinely love.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Honestly, my favorite is Katsucon in WashingtonDC because of the location. Eighteen-story glass atrium with an indoor jungle and village, white marble everywhere, some cool sculptures nearby! So much potential for amazing shoots!
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
How about all of ’em instead? I have a collection of about 100 cosplay outfits from every source imaginable! Homemade outfits from well-known cosplayers, pro-made outfits from the best known Japanese cosplay shops, custom made outfits from amazing prop studios! Haha, even some crappy ones from eBay.
Thanks for the interview, ShinWHO! You can see more of his work on his Cosplay.com page!