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Unread 12-05-2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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Tattoos and Cosplay

I myself have a fairly little tattoo that is mostly hidden unless I do a shoe less cosplay. And when I do I personally prefer to cover it up. It's my preference when it is on me because I like to stay as true to the character as I can. On the otherhand other peoples tattoos don't bother me when they cosplay; in fact on of me friends has a fairly big arm tattoo and was debating at our first convention whether or not she wanted to cover it or not. Ultimately she choose not to and I completely supported her decision. I just wanted to see if there are other cosplayers out there with tattoos and what your preference when cosplaying?
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Unread 12-05-2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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I only have one tattoo, and it's low on my hip so it's not visible in most costumes. But for one that was going to show part of it, I wore recital tights to make it less noticeable.

My sister has a kick ass Kim Possible, and a few other costumes that show several of her tattoos but she doesn't cover them up.
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Unread 12-06-2014, 05:15 PM   #3
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Yeah I think it's just preference. My next tattoo is going to be a gaterbelt one, I don't know if I want to get it before or after anime expo 2015 because one of my cosplay will show that upper part of my leg a bit, if I did I think I would still find a way to cover it mostly up with makeup or something.
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Unread 12-06-2014, 05:50 PM   #4
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I just have one on my wrist. A lot of mine I wear jackets or bracelets so you can't see it.... but personally I like to stay as true to character as I can so I probably would cover it up if I had a costume that didn't *shrugs*
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Unread 12-07-2014, 04:32 AM   #5
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I wear make-up over mine (thin lizzy concealer with a bit of my usual powder foundation over the top and then some hairspray) if one is going to be visible at a con. For photoshoots I just shop them out, no point in wasting make-up when the clone/stamp and heal tools can get rid of them for you.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 09:31 AM   #6
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I would cover up a tattoo. I'm just picky about being accurate XD

...unless it fits with the character! I feel like that would make it more unique for example, a tattoo of a plant/flower and you're cosplaying the Harvest Goddess. Now that would be cool
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Unread 12-07-2014, 03:48 PM   #7
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Like wearing glasses or piercings, tattoos are one of those things that add an interesting dimension to a cosplay. You know all those megane AUs? Tattoos are the same.

I probably would cover up a tattoo, but for scars and birthmarks I don't care. Unless you're really going for accuracy, I wouldn't bother covering it. Just seems like an extra pain.
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Unread 12-24-2014, 12:31 AM   #8
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I have one on my arm ( abt 5 years ). So when I cosplay, personally, I do as much as I can to cover the tatoo. Firstly, I want to express my respect to the authentic characters. Sencondly, this tatoo was made before I enterned into this field And Lastly, cosplay is my most favarite thing ever, I can do anything to do it well.
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Unread 12-24-2014, 08:42 AM   #9
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I have a fairly large tattoo on my upper back. It stretches from my neck to my bra strap, and spans shoulder to shoulder. It's got a lot of dark green in it and I'm not sure that I could ever fully cover it even if I used all the colors of the rainbow as a basecoat to work up to a skin-toned concealer. It not really in the style of any character I'd ever cosplay but I sort of feel like it just kind of is what it is. The cosplays I have planned for 2015 will mostly cover it except one, and that backless one has a long-ish wig that should hide it for the most part so that's just going to have to be enough. I'm a person not a mannequin.
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Unread 12-24-2014, 10:08 AM   #10
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I have a large tattoo on my back, and if I were to wear a costume that revealed it, I honestly wouldn't bother covering it up. Tricky to do, most people aren't looking at my back, and so on. If it was smaller and in a more noticeable location, I might figure that was worth the time and effort to cover up.
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Unread 12-27-2014, 11:21 AM   #11
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I have pretty visible forearm tattoos. They are part of who I am, so I don't bother covering them unless the cosplay itself actually covers them (most of my cosplays actually do)

I've never had anyone give me grief about them, but then again I'm big and imposing enough that most people don't give me grief to begin with.
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Unread 12-27-2014, 02:07 PM   #12
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I have two tattoos on my shoulder blades and one on my right calf. I don't cover them when I cosplay, just like I don't cover my scars. I see no need to.
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