First look: ice skater AU!Loki cosplay by fahrlight
We’re very pleased to introduceFahr Sindram in the very first installment of our Cosplay Feature!
Read the interview and learn about this talented mangaka, author, and cosplayer.
ilikecomicstoo: First of all, thank you so much for sharing with us! We’re delighted to share your story and insight with the community. Hopefully, others can learn more about your work and about the hobby in general.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in cosplay?
fahrlight: ^.^Ok. My name is Fahr Sindram, much better known as FahrLight around the internet, I am from germany (Berlin ) and work as a mangaka and author for children, for the Butter & Cream publisher. My job was the reason I first started to like cosplay, but only looking at it when somebody in a costume came to my signing. I could not sew and I had been convinced by a few people I’ve met that you need to sew yourself to be a cosplayer. that held me back for a few years.
I tried my first cosplay as a kid, I think it was the son of the wolf from the three little pigs or something other Disney. My mom made the costume and I was very happy with it and wore it for days. I remembered that feeling in after a while and looked more into cosplay. I had done a few closet cosplay before, Count Cain, a fun version of Gackt, Charles Xavier from X-Men: first class. At the same time I was deeply into Lolita fashion - that happened when I researched costumes for my first manga “Losing Neverland” - and I had more confidence.
Long story short, I fell in love with Loki from the Thor movie, after I had been forced to watch it. I always had been a comic fan and loved the Marvel movies, but Thor somehow never really interested me. Thor was …uhm…too stupid for my taste. I read the comics as a kid and Loki was part of my culture, coming from the far north or germany the gods were real for me as a child, but I never liked them much. Maybe it was the artwork from the 60s and 70s.
But the movie blew my mind. Not for the amazing effects or the good directing, but because…LOKI. Just…I could not think anymore. he was just perfect. I could fangirl forever now, but all about him was suddenly amazing. Mostly thanks to the costumes and Tom Hiddleston. He was not really like the comic Loki anymore. Which WAS sad, because Loki is truly an amazing villain, now he became a sad anti-hero.
After the film I was more or less addicted and tried a Thor cosplay at first, because…Loki was just too perfect. I dyed my hair blond and made a test-photo and it looked…like SHIT. So I went back for my brown hair, but got the wrong color and it ended up dark brown. and somehow…somehow it looked a lot more like Loki.
After a shower it was all slicked back and it truly looked good on my and I could not hold back anymore and decided to cosplay for the first time for real, as Loki. And that’s more or less how it started.
2. What has been your favorite costume so far? Your favorite creation?
I would say Jack Frost because I made it myself and stitched all the ice crystals and dyed the pants and all. But on the other hand I truly enjoy Loki. He was my first cosplay I had commissioned and I cosplay him often just for fun. It’s always a joy to come up with new ideas.
From all the Loki costumes I would pick the latest, not because it is new, but it’s my favorite costume from the Thor movie, from the Jotunheim-scene. It was made by Hellofeanor and is truly beautiful.
3. What was your very first cosplay experience? Do you have a best moment or fondest memory in cosplay?
My first with my Loki costume I can remember was in the Cinema when I went with my lovely Natasha, Bibi Rufflebutt, to see The Avengers dressed up. We posed in the parking lot and at the trainstation and we pretended to have a fight - the police came and asked us what we were doing. But it turned out they were Marvel-Fans too and they even helped us to take photos!^.^
My best moment has to be when I met Tom Hiddleston (who play Loki in the movies) at the Thor 2 premiere in Berlin and he kneeled for me. It’s selfish, but I will forever remember that day and his big smile and all the nice people, but mostly that he really enjoyed the cosplay and all. I even had the chance to talk to the director, Allen Taylor, a little and tell him who did the commission and he was really impressed and..aslksdfjlskfj Chris Hemsworth (Thor!) called me “little brother”. It was more or less the perfect day.
4. Why do you enjoy cosplaying? What do you find great about this hobby?
Mmmmh. Cosplay gives you the freedom to be somebody you adore or even look up to. To become the character. For me it always had the appeal to leave my life for a little while and feel like someone else. But not because I don’t like myself, I am pretty ok XD! It’s more the feeling of the costume on you and if people, at best children, like it that’s even better. My friends and I build this little group of cosplayers and we wear Lolita together. So it’s perfect for a nice day with friends. I don’t like to cosplay on conventions so much, I don’t see the appeal to just run around in costume and…just do nothing. I love locations for shooting and the feeling to create a movie-like picture. That’s my biggest joy about it, that the photos in the end look like from a movie.
friends, fun, creating. That’s what I enjoy.
5. What’s the one most important piece of advice that you can give to those who’d like to join the hobby?
DO IT! Nothing else. You can sew? Do it? You can’t sew? DO IT! Buy, craft, no matter what it is that makes you want to cosplay, don’t let something hold you back.
The passion for the character is the only thing important. If you have that you ARE a cosplayer.
The same goes for body-types. Or skin color, or age. You can be anything you want to be. Nobody can choose for you what you should do.
I had a friend and she was told by her friends that she was…”too black” for Card Captor Sakura. BULLSHIT. I talked to her and she admitted that she loved the character so much, she would feel really bad if she could not do it. In the end it was her decision to do it or not, but I think it is very important to remember that ONLY YOU know what you should do and CAN do.
If your friends tell you you can’t, are they truly your friends? check the reasons, check your feelings, check if you really need to listen to them.
For me everybody can cosplay any character, no matter what.
6. Slightly controversial question: what are your thoughts on incidents regarding press and cosplay, like those that occurred at NYCC? Do you think you would ever walk away from an interview?
Sadly I can’t walk away from interview, it’s my job on cons and bookfairs to give interviews. they mostly set up by the publisher. So no, I would not.
But I had interactions with creeps before. Guys touching me up from behind in Lolita. Not so much in cosplay, but there were some situations that really bothered me. I was with an underage friend when some older guy took a photo angeling directly under her skirt.
7. Finally, what are you currently working on and where can folks find you if they want to learn more?
Right now a new Kid!Loki costume ins in the mail, made by LuxLaterna, and I am preparing Prince Hal from Hollow Crown together with Lux and Linda, I am dying the pants right now. After that I am aiming to finish finally shoot Stuttgart!Loki and Will Graham from Hannibal. And on the long run I plan to cosplay Anna and Kristoff from Frozen, but that’s far ahead.
for my work as an artist you can please go and check here http://www.butter-and-cream.com
——————————————Stay tuned for more of our weekly Cosplay Feature!
Loki (The Avengers) selfie with Tom Hiddleston by… Tom Hiddleston!
Kid!Loki (Journey Into Mystery) by DaZero
All others by Fahr
not just followers, everyone.
I’m here if any of you need to talk<3
The best part is, this post actually does something, it offers support, unlike one of those useless “reblog if you care” posts.
Exactly. Which is why I’ll reblog this one.
look at this picture of bunny bennett in blackface
Lol are you dumb that is a fake~ tan as the character being portrayed is a pirate who are generally stereotypically known to be sunbaked and dark haired
???? ?? ?
this seems like a really paper thin argument?
Ok. How is it blackface then pray tell. A swarthy pirate.
Do you know what the term swarthy means.
if this is blackface to you then so is captain hook and Blackbeard and captain jack sparrow.
if her tanning her skin a bit is blackface, then anyone who artificially tans their skin at all is doing blackface???? what?????????? next you’re going to tell me that putting foundation on my face means i’m doing blackface?????????? k
edit: also nice job reposting trekkiebeth's photo a) w/o credit and b) w/o the watermark you cropped out, congrats friendo, you're not hurting the supposed “”“racist”” that way, you're hurting the photographer
And also I want to know how this is /black/ in the first place.
"Pirates" were mostly of Spanish Italian or french origin.
Your argument is invalid.
Q:top 5 taco bell items!
AU The Fault In Our Stars where Hazel Grace succumbs to the cancer and dies and in the last scene all you see is Augustus standing out side with a cigarette between his lips and a hand slowly reaching up to light it.
HOW IS THIS ANY BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL ENDING!!!!
you really live up to your url
I’m fucking crying, make john find this
MAKE JOHN FIND THE FUCKING THING.