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Using Modifications in Cosplay
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November 12, 2014
1:40 am
Virginia Beach, VA
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Alright, so I'm really into cosplaying, and I got to thinking about something really interesting the other day. How could cosplayers use modifications in their work to make their characters more believable, or such? I know, the way I put that sounds really dumb (forgive me, my roommate got me sick and I currently feel like all hell), but I actually thought of one particular mod I think I personally could use in my cosplays that I would really love a LOT, even for every day use/wear. "What's that?" you ask.

Dermal implants. On (in?) my scalp.

Before we go "woah dude calm down that sounds hella weird," let me explain why this would work really amazingly for me.

I'm Homestuck trash, basically. That's not the only reason though, but it is a huge part of it honestly. For anyone that doesn't understand what I mean, in Homestuck there's this race of beings called "trolls" and they all have horns. So I was thinking that if I could get big enough dermal screws implanted and kept my horns light when I made them, (paper mache or cardboard, likely) I could literally make it look like the horns grew out of my head when I cosplayed. Not only that, but various other non-Homestuck characters in my future arsenal have horns or ears or growths (for lack of a better word) on their head, so they'd be used really fucking often.

And not to mention the fact that my dumbass would probably make a set of god-knows-what to wear all year round, even out of cosplay, so it's not like it'd be a limited-time-only kinda deal.


Okay yeah, I really love the idea though, in all seriousness. But I would like some feedback, so give me your opinions please!

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November 18, 2014
6:55 pm
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It can be done. I know that for sure.  I have only one dermal and it's in my neck.  The problem I see with your idea (and it may not be a problem but it's good to think of the worst case scenario).  If you have dermals in your scalp and then attach heavy items to them via screw or otherwise, I would worry that they would pull your dermals out especially if you have someone snag or hit or run into them.


The only way to be certain is to try 2 dermals in your scalp.  They are super easy to get and mine actually hurt less than an ear piercing and was over in seconds.  So, no real risk except the cost of the dermals.

November 19, 2014
4:30 am
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I know people with transdermal implants where horns would be. They tend to only wear jewellery for some of the time as they can catch and pull, especially larger jewellery, which even then is only an inch or so. If you made custom attachments for cosplay i'm sure it'd be fine if you're careful and only do it for short periods.

Microdermals certainly wouldn't be strong enough though.

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