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28 December 2009 @ 07:11 pm
really a relative thing  
Once upon a long time ago in a far more noobish phase of my life (but no less full of strategic safety pins), I met this dude, ngmaster. We decided to do a couple photoshoots at the next convention we were both attending, Katsucon 2004. As for the subjects? Well, you see, at the time I was in a love-hate relationship with the MMORPG Ragnarok Online. To give you a bit of perspective, I've been cosplaying since 2001. I've worn about ... oh, ten costumes? Of those, three have been Ragnarok Online! Predictably, one of the two photoshoots we did at that con was Ragnarok Online. (I would be remiss if I did not mention my mother, without whom this costume would never, ever have gotten off the plate.)

I almost never get rid of old costumes, so when ngmaster wanted to revisit the same costume, I was able to oblige. While he wanted the same exact costume, I could never quite accept that ... since I had never actually completed the damn thing. I therefore added the following: cuffs and collar with pink buttons, new shirt (other one having long been lost), new gloves (I borrowed the original pair from a college roommate), a new wig (I wear that brown wig of mine a lot and I got tired of it, so I said a brief prayer and hacked the ponytail off my Zidane wig), a new headgear (RO is all about the cute hats!), and two petticoats (and yet somehow I still looked so flat ...). I decided to add more hot pink! Alas, my hot pink (priestess) shoes are no longer in existence, so I had to opt for more sensibly-colored footwear. A final note: I love love love cute buttons, as long as I don't actually have to button them.

In 2004, our efforts combined to create something like this:

Old Merchant

In 2009, it turned out like this:

New Merchant

You know me, right? You know that if I'm within blocks of an ice cream parlor, especially one that's locally owned, I am gonna be there, especially especially if I'm totally craving a milkshake? We asked if we could take a few photos there, and the family agreed. The kids thought I was cute.



New Merchant

Gettin' ready to go out!


New Merchant

I want ... an apple milkshake.


New Merchant

Ugh, this apple milkshake is so far away! Maybe I should have settled for strawberry? You can get that anywhere ...


New Merchant

Merchants are poor at blending in.


New Merchant

I just like the way my chin looks. Is that weird?


New Merchant

I swear I was wearing two petticoats under this.


New Merchant

I sold this much stuff!


New Merchant

Sometimes, ya just gotta relax.


New Merchant

Nothing remotely cute or clever to say about this one, other than we are heading towards Pittsburgh's open-air market, which was more open earlier. By the time we got there, there wasn't much left.


New Merchant

What will I do when I am not cute?


New Merchant

Another break - I can't tell you how many layers comprise that costume, so although the weather was mild, I was stewing in there.


New Merchant

WHEN DID I GET SO PALE? Maybe my mother is right, I do need more sun ...


New Merchant

A reference to this shot of yore, in which I pondered which book to purchase (and interestingly enough, I bought nothing in both locations).


New Merchant

I couldn't find my jellopies, but I was able to locate several of those gigantic crystals they sold at rest stops on the toll road ... I should know better, but I could not resist them.


New Merchant

Checkin' out the quality. Could be real. Maybe.


New Merchant

Why, I do believe that is another gem!


New Merchant

I wonder how many carats this bugger is.


New Merchant

It is very shiny!


New Merchant

It might not be an apple milkshake, but I'm getting desperate here.


New Merchant

I think I was walking like a duck. It was April. This made sense at the time. I no longer remember.


New Merchant

What is this!? A menu?


New Merchant

Pondering the large selection.


New Merchant

I already know what I'm going for!


New Merchant

I had to move closer to the counter so I could see my apple milkshake being made.


New Merchant

At long last! I finally look fluffy!


New Merchant

Ooh ooh, is that mine?


New Merchant

No, now he's making mine.


New Merchant

Hooray! An apple milkshake!


New Merchant

Am I the only person who will, if necessary, use my teeth to get a straw out of its wrapper?


Note to self for future reference: ivory tights are so not flattering for muscular legs.

Even though it's been years, I'm sure David is still wondering how I pick the photos I post ...

I know nobody gives a damn about Ragnarok Online these days, but it's still just so damn cute ...

Also: OSHIT! It's almost January. I really need to get crackin' on remaking Robin. Other than that, cosplay is on hold at present moment - saving money for a kitty!
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Giang (yang)cometeoraine on December 29th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
No kidding about being so gosh darn cute! I especially love the buttons on the collar, gloves, and cuffs on hands and shoes. If you wear this costume again, what other color of leggings are you thinking of?
Dustin, Hrair-roo: Jurryuushi on December 29th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Wow, these are so cute!! The duck walk is my fave!
SD: mischievous // Darksado_nishi on December 29th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Dear god RO always brings back so much memories. I love your revamped Merchant cosplay!
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Starla Rage: Labyrinth wormkemica on December 29th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
Very cute merchant outfit, and you look very cute too!
I always wanted a Kafra outfit to cosplay in. :X
Ng-Master.  I prefer Dave, David, or DN.ngmaster on December 29th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
*looks at original photo* geez, I shot that? I remember when I was looking for a watermarking solution and used an external program to do that. I recalled how it made the resultant images too grainy, hence the current solution.

I'm fascinated by how this shoot demonstrated how far we've both come along. I admit some trepidation at the time in shooting an updated Merchant. Now, I see that it was essential that it be updated to show how much we've both evolved, and I'm glad you talked me into the updates!

At any rate, let me know how Robin turns out! I'd like to consider updating that shoot one of these days! :D

And I'm sure there's a logic to how you select your photos, but I'll leave it on good faith that you know what you're doing.
zombie moxie: Emma&Willkairchan on December 29th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
You're just a bundle of adorable :)
Kyraxmidnightx on December 29th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I actually still play RO :> These are super cute!
the ali: 2singingraisin on December 29th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
You are all kinds of super adorable.

I especially love that wig on you.
Silvermasksilvermask on December 30th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Bwahahahaha those are awesome. XD I spent about 5 minutes trying to pick a favorite, but I can't.

DOOD we have a kitty we're trying to find a home for. I wish we could give it to you! But I'm guessing that driving 12-14 hours to pick one up is a little out of the question, huh? XD