Cosplayer Of The Month - Atak Cosplay

Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Trish & Andi from Atak Cosplay!

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Cosplayer Of The Month Questions
Cosplayer Of The Month Questions

Can you tell us about your first cosplay?   

Andi actually started cosplaying a year before Trish. She and her sister, Alexa, cosplayed for the first time at CALGARY EXPO 2017 as steampunk princesses. Andi was Merida and her sister was Cinderella. Andi made a leather corset by hand which was really incredible for a first-time piece. They spent hours making this amazing top hat out of foam. They looked awesome.   

Although Trish attended that show, she was just attending as a regular guest. Her first cosplay happened at EDMONTON EXPO 2017. She dressed up as her own version of Tex from Red vs. Blue. While it wasn’t really recognizable, Trish learned a lot and made a pretty cool helmet out of cardboard and Dollarstore lights and paint.   

The first cosplay we rocked together was our Attack on Titan soldiers for CALGARY EXPO 2018. We made the ODM gearboxes and swords out of foam board, pop bottles, and skipping ropes. We had an incredible time and received so many wonderful compliments. It was one of the most fun days “con-ing” together.   

Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?   

We are really proud of our Attack on Titan gearboxes. We upgraded the swords to wood (baseboards actually from Home Depot) and we were able to wear that cosplay for an amazing cause - Blacktide Photography included us in her charity calendar for Burn Camp for burn survivors in Alberta. They are prop pieces that we are really proud of the joint work - Trish manufacturing and Andi painting and doing finishing touches. Together we completed the pieces, helping each other make these wicked props we love. When we wear that cosplay, we feel really strong and confident.   

Another piece we are proud of is our Hobbits. We sewed the capes and bags and altered tennis shoes to look like big furry feet. Andi grew up learning how to sew by hand. Trish learned how to use a sewing machine in junior high (but wasn’t the greatest at it) and so to be able to make these beautiful double-lined cloaks and sturdy canvas bags felt like such an accomplishment.   

What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?   

Cosplay has allowed us to really grow in our confidence. Learning more about ourselves - our strengths and weaknesses, increasing our positive self-images really has been something special that we have achieved through our cosplay. We really love making new friends and learning from some amazingly talented people. The friendships and relationships we have made through cosplay are some of the most important ones we have. Trish even met her current boyfriend through Cosplay (Nicsworkshop out of LA). Andi ended up taking her B.Ed with EASuperman and it was through that connection we were able to join The Justice League North who have turned into some of our very best friends. Probably the most important aspect of cosplay we love is making others happy to see their favorite characters. The smiles and excitement we are able to create are really rewarding. Achieving more joy in the world is always something worth trying to achieve.   

If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?   

Our main piece of advice is this - Remember it is Cos-PLAY. Enjoy yourself and have fun. Don’t stress if something doesn’t look perfect. We learned the 5-foot rule from Silverlining Cosplay. If it looks good from 5 feet away, you’ll be fine.  Don’t worry about going casual or doing your own take on the character. As Miss Frizzle says (another cosplay that Andi does amazingly), “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” You will always learn from your mistakes and you can always try a different technique.   

Are there any local cosplayers that you look up to or inspire you?   

There are so many amazing local cosplayers to the Edmonton area, let alone Alberta. From the start, we have been blessed by friendships with FMJBatman and EASuperman. They are two really supportive guys and through them, we have become friends with Deaner_cosplay and FirstRedRanger, and all the others at JLN. One of the first large builds we were so excited to see in real life was done by BeatBot. His work is so precise and technical and the knowledge he has about incorporating music and lights in his pieces is incredible. CanadianComicCutie has been another supportive cosplayer. She does amazing work, is empowered and confident, and really helpful. She has always offered up advice from everything to makeup to sewing to local photographers to use.   

In honour of Mother’s Day, who would you consider your “cosplay mom”?  

Trish actually is a mom to two beautiful girls and so taking on that role of caring for others comes fairly easily to her- driving the group to various events, making sure everyone is eating or hydrating properly, booking the hotels for out-of-town cons, etc. When we take photos at events or casually hang out, Nickthelast_hope (who has an awesome Flash cosplay) can often be heard yelling loudly, “Thanks, Mom!” when Trish makes a comment about safety or other loving, but annoying, mom phrases.