Years of Cosplay: 5 years
Laguna Niguel, CA, USA
Californian Sushi Monster makes you wanna count every droplet of blood on Rei’s battle-torn skirt. She’s got tremendous amounts of umami-good taste and flavor for all of us. Her weapons of choice are cutting-edge scissors and dynamic paintbrushes. Her many facets and characters include Oerba Dia Vanille from Final Fantasy XIII, radiantly roaming on wild meadows, in a pink halter top with beaded necklaces and bracelets.
Cosplay Gen: Why did you choose to portray Rei for your Highschool of the Dead photoshooting, and, most importantly, how did you handle the make-up?
Sushi Monster: I wanted to do Rei because my boyfriend is cosplaying Takashi, the main characters of the series, and he likes Rei. I personally like Saeko, but I knew I could pull off Rei better and give her a more “strong female character” feel. Make-up wise, since they are only highschool students, I did a more natural look, but with a stronger bronze contour since I wanted her to look more haggard and stressed out from Zombie killing. With the fake blood, my friends and I just smeared it all over, and then to get the splatter effect we poured blood on sticks and bats and swung it at me to get it as realistic as possible. I also took the bottle and just let it pour over me in spots and let the blood trickle freely on its own. I also handled the makeup for my zombies – I used a greenish white foundation to make them paler and grey shadow to give them the necessary contours. We used all the same methods of applying the blood on the zombies as we did for myself.
Cosplay Gen: You’re also a hairdresser; does cosplay help you improve your skills or challenge yourself such as with wig styling and make-up?
Sushi Monster: It goes both ways, cosplaying has improved my makeup skills while hairdressing has improved my wig styling techniques. Doing so many different types of characters, I have learned to do so many types of makeup not just on myself but on others as well. Wig styling is very different from styling real hair (You can’t just hack off real hair and reattach it to foam and glue it back on someone’s head), but the basic principles are the same, and I have used what I learned in hairstyling to help make nearly impossible looking wigs become reality. It really does help me hone my skills in hairdressing and cosplaying!
as Kagamine Rin
(Vocaloid, Synchronicity version) // Photo by Minh Soi
as Kagamine Rin (Vocaloid,
Black Rock Shooter version) // Photo by Jason Nishi
Cosplay Gen: What is your favorite fabric to work with? Can you give us an example of where you used it?
Sushi Monster: I like working with cotton twill! It has a nice weight, is easy to work with, and is perfect for a big variety of cosplays. I usually use it for school uniforms such as for Rei or Vampire Knight cosplay.