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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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.
I started crying while watching this. He does such an incredible job at explaining what is so special to him about cosplay, and it hit me so hard because I've never been able to articulate what is so important about it to me. He is so passionate about the creation and making everything real, and I am in awe that I never knew that he was interested in this stuff before, and am so thankful that I saw this TED talk.
I really loved this, I never went to comic con or cosplayed or made costumes. But I love anime and I loved Spirited Away. As a teen, watching anime or playing games a lot while not going out that much because you aren't social.. seeing someone like Adam Savage who is an adult but also loving the same things as you is just.. awesome and relieving. He spoke with so much passion and enthusiasm my heart was warmed watching this. I feel so hyped now but its 11PM
Adam I just stumbled upon your video. You made me cry with joy because I have been bullied for loving anime and loving to cosplay. Knowing that its okay to be an adult and cosplay has really helped me!! Thank you!!! :)
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