Regular readers might remember when I wrote about My Cosplay Bucket List and revealed Snow White from the Wolf Among Us as my inaugural cosplay. Well, what a difference a month (or 3) makes. Despite having started my Snow White costume, including shelling out for blue contact lenses, I seemed to hit roadblock after roadblock while putting it together.
However, the second, impulse cosplay I’d started putting together at the same time seemed to be coming together with almost no effort on my part. And so, after trying on the suit jacket I’d already started modifying and realizing that it no longer fit me, I decided for my sanity and self esteem to just focus on the costume that I was actually having fun working on.
The main reason I’d started on a second cosplay was that it seemed like it would be easy to put together for a cosplay noob like myself, but I also really liked the idea of cosplaying as a minority character. Not to mention the fact that I’d already planned on cosplaying at PAX Prime made the idea of cosplaying a character from a game set in Seattle almost a no-brainer.
Which is why I am now going to be cosplaying as Delsin Rowe, West Coast street artist and super hero/villain from Infamous: Second Son.
We’d gotten Second Son mostly so Rick would have something to play on the PS4, but he’d also been a fan of the first two games and the reviews had all been fairly positive. Personally I really liked the fact that Sucker Punch had made a game with a Native American protagonist who wasn’t some sort of medicine man or a stoic bore (sorry Connor). Also, Seattle is probably one of my favourite cities I haven’t lived in and the fact that many actual Seattle landmarks appear in the game was definitely a highlight for me. I was constantly badgering Rick to swing by the Pink Elephant car wash as he laid waste to baddies, much to his chagrin.
There was also something about Delsin’s punk rock attitude and devilish smirk that I could really relate to, so I scoured my closet and set about making a list of what I would need to make it happen. I found a great breakdown of the costume on Linkmaster 101’s Deviantart page and was also able to find an Etsy seller that offered all of Delsin’s buttons and patches already made. It would have been nice to be able to make them all myself, but being that I possess neither a button maker or a screen printing machine, buying them pre-made seemed like the most sensible option.
The set-piece of Delsin’s costume is definitely his denim vest, which I created by cutting the sleeves off of jean jacket I thrifted for $7. The next step was colouring the top part of the vest black. I’d originally thought that it was some sort of insert and was prepared to buy some fake leather and sew it in place, but careful inspection of the costume in game revealed that it looked more like black denim than anything else.
After considering using fabric paint or acrylic, I finally hit on a bit on genius: black permanent marker. It would essentially dye the fabric and was something that a street artist like Delsin would definitely have access to. Who knows, maybe that’s how he modded his own vest. An afternoon of huffing marker fumes later, the top of the vest was completely dyed and ready for the next step.
I was able to find round metal studs at a local bead store and used a bit of E6000 adhesive to make sure they stayed in place as the tines on the studs were kinda short and nothing is less bad-ass than losing metal studs at a convention.
Then, it was patch time.
The patches I’d purchased from Pin Em Up Designs had adhesive on the back, so I ironed them on for the placement and then secured them with hand stitching. The hoodie was something I already owned but was going to be retiring soon due to some excessive tearing around the cuffs, so it was nice to get to recycle it for this costume. I also managed to snag a red tuque on Ebay and used the special hat patch to pull it all together.
The most complicated part of Delsin’s vest was definitely the Karma Crow stencil on the back. During the course of the game, the stencil changes depending on whether you play more good or bad, but to keep things simple I decided to just do the default red and white Karma Crow that you start the game with.
As luck would have it, Linkmaster 101 had a few versions of the image up on his Deviantart page so I printed one off to use as my own stencil. After printing it out, I realized that I really only needed a stencil for half the image as both halves of the image mirror each other, so I cut out the print from a firmer piece of craft paper and got to painting.
While I’d originally intended on using spray paint in the spirit of the character, for reasons of expediency and precision I ended up just using acrylic paints I already had on hand. I then added a couple of “paint dribbles” to make it seems a little more authentic.
The only parts of the costume left for me to find are a red plaid shirt (seriously, how do I not already own one of those) and a length of chain, which I’m hoping to find at my local hardware store. Since I already have a tattoo on my left forearm I opted not to try to recreate Delsin’s Native crow tattoo, but hopefully no one will give me grief about it.
All in all, I’m very happy with how my first real cosplay has turned out. I thought I’d also include a breakdown of the costs and suppliers to give you a better idea of exactly what went into becoming Delsin.
Vest, Thrifted, $7
Hoodie, Already Owned, $0
Beanie, Ebay, $2
Studs & Glue, Bead Store, $5
Black Jeans, Already Owned, $0
Sharpie, Dollar Store, $2
Patches & Buttons, Pin Em Up Designs, $35
Shoes, Already Owned, $0
Chain, Home Depot, ?
Plaid Shirt, Ardene, 20
Total, , $71
All that’s left now is my trip to Seattle and a chance to show it off! I can’t wait!