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Unread 11-03-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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Did any of your cosplays hurt?

Yesterday I was cosplaying Takato from Digimon Tamers at Kowai 2014 and my head hurted as hell cause my goggles were too tight and since they were hard they let me a mark on the skin over my eyebrow, so I had to semi-remove them each 5 minutes to give my head a rest. I was about to end with a headache.

How about you? Has anything on your cosplays (costume, prop or accesory) ever hurt you?
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Unread 11-03-2014, 05:38 PM   #2
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I can easily say that walking around in 4" heels for my Grell Sutcliff cosplay hurt my feet to the point where I couldn't walk without wincing in pain with every step.

Binding (using a small sports bra instead of a binder) has also caused welts on my shoulders when cosplaying three days in a row. It was painful to even look at.

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Unread 11-03-2014, 05:43 PM   #3
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My best thing so far is the fact that false breasts can start to seriously itch after a while. It depends how you do them and such and so, but its bearable, but having that 4 days in a row is definitely annoying.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 05:49 PM   #4
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I have realized that over my years of cosplaying, there is no such thing as "free of discomfort/pain". Quorra takes the cake, though ( http://www.cosplay.com/costume/475473/ ). An almost-too-tight wig, torso armour I can't sit in without taking half of it off due to both constricting fit and the hardware on the back, four-inch heels and the boots themselves are tight as heck too, and tight opera gloves under my arm-armour. The first (and last!) time I had it on for 12 hours, I had to take extra-strength tylenol to sleep I was having such bad back and leg aches.
And, I nearly passed out in my elf ranger OC. Layers of cloak, tunic and leather armour (and worst part, my fur-trimmed boots) for the character plus a tight wig. Summer photoshoot, in hot sticky weather, that involved hiking through a conservation area. Put two and two together...
Oh, and Schala from Chrono Trigger. The dress itself is quite comfy. But the WIG? OH GOD. I wear THIS on my head. And this photo was BEFORE I'd added a little more hair to the top of the wig to improve it. http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2935030/ It looks like this on me (goes down to my hips), and it weighs a TON. At least a dozen pins, a large claw clip built into the wig back, and three toupee clips and it still yanks and slips. http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3216129/
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Unread 11-03-2014, 05:50 PM   #5
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I've had wigs with clips in them hurt my head after a while- especially clip on ponytails. I also almost always wear heels with cosplay, I try to get the most comfortable heels possible but my feet still kill me after the end of a con.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 06:12 PM   #6
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Like Eldi, my wigs always seem to hurt too. I always seem to pick very heavy wigs and my Aerith wig was so back heavy that it actually pulled out a big chunk of hair near my forehead last year. I have become slightly better at sewing in wig clips since then, but I still usually wind up with a wig headache! No more hair loss though, so that is a plus
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Unread 11-03-2014, 06:41 PM   #7
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Heavy wigs and wigs with tight wig caps get hot and give me a headache. :/
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Unread 11-03-2014, 06:45 PM   #8
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For me, it's been shoes. The worst offenders have been really flat boots that had no arch support, so any and all force from walking went straight to my knees. The 4" heels I wore once were also pretty bad, but those I could at least kick off and carry if my feet really started hurting.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:03 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Randommerade View Post
Heavy wigs and wigs with tight wig caps get hot and give me a headache. :/
I hear you on the tight wig caps. I can't even wear those usual net style wig caps in more than one minute without feeling horrid pressure on my head. Once I even put cotton pads on my forehead where the wig cap was to ease the pressure. It was horrible.
I can only use those wig caps that are made of similar material as stockings lol, those seem to be less painful for some reason. The netting ones just gives me an instant headache....

Gotta hate having a bigger than average head...

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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:04 PM   #10
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My back started hurting this weekend at Comikaze. I had a chest plate and connected back piece that was bulky and difficult to take off, so it made sitting a bit awkward.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:05 PM   #11
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:11 PM   #12
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Several times when I've cosplayed a character with a sash/obi/hakama that wraps several times around my hips/lower back I've ended up with back pains after a long day of walking around.
The worst case was by far in Närcon 2012 (Sweden) when I cosplayed Hajime Saitō from Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan on one of the days. I remember my lower back hurting so badly at one point that I couldn't even stand up anymore because of the pain, and even less so walk. I'm not even exaggerating, it really was that bad; I just went and collapsed in one of the outside chill tents that happened to have an empty couch. It was a saving grace because I couldn't have lied down on the floor/grass with an authentic silk kimono...
I guess re-tying the obi several times during the day (it kept loosening because of the swords that were held by it) and pulling it tight every time somehow pressed on my lower back and made it hurt like no one's business. Easily one of my most painful con experiences, as far as physical costume-related pain is concerned.

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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:26 PM   #13
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Like Angelic_Sabyne, my main deal has also been shoes, but of course a lot of has to do with walking around all day. So here are my personal pains that I've experienced with each of my cosplays.

1. My very first cosplay, Lady Kayura from the Ronin Warriors/Samurai Troopers- My main pain was the boots that were purchased. They were very thin, high heel boots. Mind you, I have very little to almost no experiecne wearing much less walking in high heel boots, not to mention thin heel boots. By the end of the 3 days, my feet wanted to practically disattach themselves from me and kill me personally. Yeah, that's how bad they hurt -_-

2. Cyborg 003/Francoise Arnoul from Cyborg 009 (2001 version)- Not to much of aches and pains here. Though I will say this, after holding a Kabbage Patch Kid doll as a prop for hours upon hours does make your arm very very tired. Who would of thought that a Kabbage Patch Kid would do that to you? :/

3. Pride Lands Sora from Kingdom Hearts 2- Again, not too bad of aches and pains, but MAN my thumbs were killing me by the end of the convention. See, I was wearing paws that I made for him and my thumbs served the purpose of holding my Kingdom Keyblade because my other 4 fingers were being the actual paw fingers.

4. My more recent cosplay, Gunner Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2- The hood for some reason made my shoulders ache the whole entire time until I turned in from convention for the night. Idk, maybe the fleece has something to do with it? :/ Let's don't forget the 3 earrings, 2 small and her main big 1, made my poor right earlobe ache like crazy. Try wearing 3 different earrings on 1 ear for hours upon hours. I forgot to mention that because I don't have peirced ears, I had to make them clip on earrings>_<

Um.... nothing major for my Songstress Yuna, but the earrings still a top contender in terms of pain. I really just had 1 or 2 occassional foot cramps with the boots I created. Thankfully, my Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas seems to be the most merciful of them all at the moment, along with my Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo.

If I get to go next year, I get to look forward to my White Mage Yuna. Knowing the routine, my ear's going to kill me, but I just hope nothing too major with it.

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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:28 PM   #14
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I didn't read any replies here, but I can easily assume there is at least one post that I am repeating..Heels..Heels..HEELS!! Saturday (as in 2 days ago from this post) at a con I was wearing my OC, which has about 3 inch heels..Not that great..lol I was glad I was able to endure it though..It hurt like hell, but I'm good at hiding it haha
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:39 PM   #15
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I've had the too heavy wig problem as well. My Anna wig was so heavy that my neck kept cycling through moments of being okay and then a ton of pain. I ended up changing out of that cosplay super early because I just could not handle it. :/ I also remember wearing a wig(I think it was my first year of cosplaying) where I actually felt physically sick because of the headache I had. Not pleasant. >_>

I've also done the painful shoe thing(multiple times). None of my cosplays themselves have put me in pain but I was dang uncomfortable in a lot of them. (ex Anna, and Saber)
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