Adam Savage makes things and builds experiments, and he uses costumes to add humor, color and clarity to the stories he tells. Tracing his lifelong love of costumes — from a childhood space helmet made of an ice cream tub to a No-Face costume he wore to Comic-Con — Savage explores the world of cosplay and the meaning it creates for its community. "We're connecting with something important inside of us," he says. "The costumes are how we reveal ourselves to each other."
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See, _that_ is how I want to be able to present myself when I cosplay.
I don't want to just be a girl dressed up as some 40 year old hero, I want to be believable as that hero despite my otherwise petite appearance through my voices and actions. If I'm cosplaying a villain a want to be able to _play_ that villain- all in lighthearted fun, of course. If I'm a squid sister I want people to walk up to me and be able to believe I am a piece of that core character when I pose and when I perform in competitions I want to be good enough that people can set aside reality and truly believe I'm that character, if only for a minute.
Of course that's pretty deep... and I'm not great at staying in character but still
I think what I'm really striving for is to be able to dress up as a villain, stand up for someone, and still be thought of as that villain because I know the ins and outs of that villain and how to portray them even in heroic ways.
i had shivers through this video, and started crying when he was talking about no face. this really spoke to me, and I feel so inspired, and grateful to Adam. Thanks for spreading your wonderful light and hope.
as a cosplayer, I just started wanting to cry as I watched this because....because it's just so TURE He hits on everything that makes cons and cosplays great! He put this deep feeling that so many cosplayers have into words that anyone can understand and it means so much to me! thank you, Adam Savage. Thank you from me and all the other cosplayers you touched.
I will say that this is how he is all the time. for the inagural NOMCON, he sat and watched as my crew and I painted the giant NOMCON backdrop that would continue to feature in every NOMCON in the future. He watched, chatted with us, took video, and he did it all as ADAM FREAKING SAVAGE. he sat there, in a giant ballroom with a bunch of kids and some adults (I'm 16, I met him when I was 15) we finished the mural, we signed it, and the day went on. the first day of the actual conference he came to the front desk, said hi, thanked all of us for helping out, and went into the ballroom, the second (main keynote day) he congratulated us on the mural, on stage, with a live audience of almost 500 people, each of us were given an award for our work by the board, and each of us got a picture with him. He is actually, genuinely, a kind, geeky dude. he deserves all the love he's gotten over the years and he is incredible. I urge anyone who doesn't know who he is to watch his TESTED episodes, all of them, watch mythbusters, watch the mythbusters JR. show coming out, watch it all because this guy is amazing.
Loved it!!! Although I would've never taken the money from No Face in the first place, like, at all lmao I know the story!! I don't want that gold just to get eaten :P Silly people taking money from No Face...
I’m in theater class when I was in my college days and most of the time I am in charge on the costume and production designs. I totally agree with him saying that costumes is not only a one way interaction between the actors/cosplayers to the audience, it’s much more than that. It’s another level of communication that gives us empathy towards other people by wearing their shoes, or in this case, costumes.
P.S. Spirited Away is my all time favorite animated movie, too!
seeing this guy getting so much attention an wealth and talking about such a mediocre thing like dressing up fancy seems a bit out of touch with the real world out there. travel more and spend less my friend...
I'm so happy to see this, and I only started cosplaying semi-seriously recently. It felt wonderful to have people actually stopping me for pictures, complimenting me on how good I looked in the costume, and THEN I actually helped run a panel. It was Voltron: Legendary Defender for Otafest 2018, I was Hunk and by that point my costume was too big (as I had lost a significant amount of weight since first getting the costume). I remember being so nervous, hoping that I wouldn't fall flat on my face and ruin things for people. I had a BALL with the panel, and with some rules set in place to keep it from getting too crazy, it turned out amazing. I had so much fun, all the pictures, all the people who loved what we did, it was just amazing. And everyone telling me that I was great and in character and doing one of their favourite characters justice made me happier than I can express.
Next year, as the timing is just too perfect to me, I'm going to try and dress up as Nico Robin from One Piece for a cosplay. My body might still be scarred and stretch-marked from weight loss, but I'm still going to try because it'll be fun and amazing. Not to mention a much-needed break from school. But I'm going to get out there, I'm going to get into the role, and I'm going to have fun.
an incredible talk!! as a cosplayer, the character that you get into and the posing and practicing are so accurate. my favorite part about cosplaying is always the young kids who recognize me, their absolute joy when they see team avatar or a Steven universe character is incredible.
True words indeed, old man, I, the mighty Kassandra of greece, am not a women of many words, but a simple mercanary, ready to kill for my goals and stepping into the footsteps of my grandfather leonidas.
I love adam’s story about getting coins handed back to him as no face, it really captures the spirit of cosplay - you’re not just dressing up in a costume, you’re embodying a character and people will treat you as though you ARE that character. what a cool community
as someone who is going to cosplay fully for the first time next saturday this has just filled me with a sense of pride and emotion to the point where i am going to study my character and damn well be the best i can be
I cosplayed as Sherlock Holmes last year (the original, not the BBC vers.) and Ventus fom Kingdom Hearts this year for our school's No Uniform Day. It was sweltering hot but the smiles and the wide eyes of people around me made it so worth it. I wasn't the only one that cosplayed and that was what made those days so fun. Wherever you looked you could see Snow White, Kylo Ren, Naruto, even Youtubers like MirandaSings and video game characters like D.va from Overwatch coming together and we would walk in formation and people would stare and it was honestly the best feeling ever.
"We are, all of us, injecting ourselves into a narrative that meant something to us, and we're making it our own. We’re connecting with something important inside of us, and the costumes are how we reveal ourselves to each other."
Making a sword or a rifle has always been my favorite hobby but the thing that makes everything worth it, at the end of the day for me, was the expression and reaction from other people who shared my interests. The way both their face and mine lit up the minute we both know that they know that I know that they know about what I was having, never fails to light my heart like a burning sun. And the way they admire the work, the way that we share with one another moments of silent awe in one another's presence, makes all the grueling work worth it. I have yet to truly put on a costume, but just the way everybody share what they know and learn what they don't really pushes me forward to making something for myself; the sense of belonging that is so hard to describe yet at the same time almost tangible.
Never cosplayed, but thirty-plus years ago when I went to Scifi conventions a moderately hot young lady in a tiny black string bikini and little plastic devil horns won the Dragoncon costume contest over dozens of intricate costumes. Now there are tons of extremely beautiful women doing cosplay, but in amazing costumes. So I’d say that young men indeed don’t realize how well they have it.
I started cosplaying as a love letter to a fellow artist who wrote this beautiful story of a character that was "barely" part of the canon material from the canon material in Undertale. It was WD Gaster from a heartwarming webcomic called "Man who speaks in hands"(by Spirtednug) and it got me through a rough time in life.
In the canon, he is a cut character that you wouldn't encounter without some hacks. He is a blank canvas with little backstory and little material to go on. He is that average stranger that you bump into on the pathway, then gone like the wind sort of guy.
But the fanon takes it further, he becomes whoever you think he would be. With the given context of the canon references.
I started working on my Gaster cosplay around Halloween 2016, first one was a dumpster fire of 20 layers of paper mache that survived a bake in the oven. The third one was a size for all that I took to Mardi Gras Sydney.
It wasn't until the seventh attempt that I found the Goldilocks zone for the mask, reworking between two Supanovas and SMASH.
Is it finally over?
But I have learnt a lot from the trials and errors of this one project. Plenty of kids scared and plenty more to be entertained.
The journey never ends. Friends to be made, places to go and costumes to be improved on.
[Progress post] https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17956257172192417/
Adam Savage... one of my childhood heroes. I loved him in Mythbusters and I love him now. I had no idea he was as into cosplay as I am and his story about No Face almost made me cry. Thank you, you beautiful man. Thank you for existing and reigniting my passion and love of costume design and cosplay!
Spirited Away is also one of my All-time favorite films, it's so beautiful and magical that it bring wonder to me as if I was a child again no matter how many times I see it.
My other all-time favorites are The Grand Budapest Hotel and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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As a child, there was a portrait in our family home in Paris that I always loved. Today, it’s known as Maya with Doll – but to me it was just a portrait of my mother, albeit a remarkable one. “Your grandfather was a painter,” she would say, whenever the subject of the canvas, one of many that hung around the house, came up in discussion. It was only when I began school, and whispers about my heritage started to follow me, that I realised what an understatement that was. My grandfather was far more than a painter. He was the defining figure of 20th-century art – and, as I would learn later from years of academic study, a true genius. It was a revelation that would shape the course of my life in many ways. When Picasso died – in 1973, the year before I was born – he left behind 45,000 works, not to mention personal objects and correspondence.