Ah, my first costume. Captain Jack has been one of my favorite characters ever since I first saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.
I started work on this in November of 2003, and "finished' it just before July the next year. I was always modifying things, replacing pieces, and always trying to make it even more accurate.
I finally retired this costume after nearly six full years of wear because I wanted to distance the "Rum Party" from any ties to Disney. It's my belief Rum Party can exist without Captain Jack Sparrow, and for me it had become less fun to cosplay as Jack than to dress as my own original pirate.
I'll never forget the good times I had as Captain Jack Sparrow (I mean, I was the first cosplayer I know off to ink his tattoo on my arm). He'll be a part of me forever. Were it not for Captain Jack, I may never have started the Rum Party or have even been into pirates at all.
Here's to Captain Jack Sparrow, he who helped inspire me to become the cosplayer I am today.
"Most Humorous Skit" (Anime-LA 2005)
"Honorable Mention" (Ani-Magic 2004)
"Special Award" (Ani-Magic 2005)