It’s a new year and with that comes some great new adventures. Starting off our Cosplayer of The Month this year with a bang we present to you Kinpatsu
Profile: Tayla “Kinpatsu” Barter
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KinpatsuCosplay
Background: What sparked your interest into Cosplay and how did you start?
I went to the rAge expo in 2011 for the first time, I knew about Cosplay and I had seen it on the internet but I had never actually seen it in real life or knew that people here did it. I thought it was so awesome! I was really bug into gaming and dressing up for Halloween and stuff so I decided that for the next rAge expo I would cosplay for the first time and it just went from there.
What was the first Costume you created?
The First Costume I created was my High school of the Dead Saya Takagi costume.
When creating your own costumes what difficulties do you get and how do you get past them?
Sewing is definitely not a strong point of mine. It was definitely the hardest thing for me to start doing as a cosplayer, in the beginning I messed up some of my sewing so badly I had to completely redo some of the stuff. But the way I get around my difficulties is going and researching on the internet and watching tutorials of how to fix my mistake or looking at how it was supposed to be done in the first place for future reference.
Every Cosplayer has a favorite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
I Love making props and armor, particularly the painting aspect of it. It is what I am best at since I study fine art.
What is your most memorable moment in cosplay so far?
So most of us cosplayers have our cosplay names, My best moment in cosplay so far was when I heard someone say my cosplay name for the first time at an event they were like “That’s Kinpatsu” It really just made my day that they knew who I was.
Are you working on anything big at the moment?
Yes, I am working on both my Jinx and Officer VI cosplays at the moment. I am hoping I will be able to get my VI gloves to move like real hands.
Do you have any cosplayers as well as original costume designers that currently inspire you?
Yaya Han is a huge inspiration to me. She has been able to make something she loves into a career which I really respect and admire.
What do you expect from Cosplay events?
I expect to see my Cosplay friends and meet new cosplayers and hopefully inspire some people to join the cosplay revolution!
At conventions, events and locations are you usually approachable? Do you like it when people want to talk and discuss your art form?
I love it when people come and talk to me about my costumes and cosplay, it really makes me happy when people acknowledge the amount of hard work you put into something you love.
What advice would you give to a person interested in becoming a Cosplayer?
It isn’t easy but it is worth it, it is so much fun and you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end.
What is your involvement in the local Cosplay community and where do you see gaps that need to be filled?
I only really go to the events at the moment, I would really like to get involved with things like workshops and help teach people how to create stuff like armor.
How do you feel about Cosplay in South Africa?
I love our community it’s very welcoming and friendly and supportive, but I would love to see cosplay is SA grow and take to new heights.