Welcome to my first installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises than I will have horror inspired cosplayers. If you are a cosplayer or know someone who is a cosplayer and would like to be featured on a weekly spotlight please send an email to SouthJerseyJason.com
I met our first cosplayer through Facebook last summer when he had posted about possibly attending Jason Fest in Blairstown, NJ. I had responded that I was going, I was cosplaying and it was my first time. I had followed Joe for about a year on social media; even before I started cosplaying myself. The first thing that I noticed was the style of his camera shots. Aside from the NSFW content, he had angles that you don’t typically see from a lot of cosplayers. There was an artistic look and feel about it. That is one of the many reasons that inspired me to want to get into cosplay.
I sent Joe a few pictures that I had taken for my first photo shoot and he was very receptive and gave me great compliments. As someone new to the world of cosplay, I had many questions and Joe has given me (and continues ) great advice to help me improve my cosplay game. Joe is a wild man with no filter but the one thing he is that many do not see, he is a great father. He supports his friends and the franchise. To learn a little more about Joe Gallow you can also hear him on Return to Camp Blood Radio at CampBloodRadio.com or on various podcast apps such as Stitcher and Podbean. Just like his Social Media Cosplay this article may be NSFW. Enjoy!!
- What is your first memory of watching a Friday the 13th movie?
Sitting watching part 4 in my family’s old lake house thinking Jason was going to burst into my room.
- What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
The not so Final Chapter.
- What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing, hood, hockey mask etc.? If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
I made my first costume in 5th grade but the real shit started in 2008 but even then my costume was weak. Because I can’t paint or sculpt I reached out to Tofer Wescott and Josh Dedman in 2019. Together they both helped create with my vision what has become known as
“Dead White Jason” (an undead decayed part 4) and I couldn’t be happier with my set up.
- How many versions of Jason costumes do you have? Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
I have my custom “Dead White” which I’m super proud of and Ghost Jason from the fan film Never Hike Alone. I have the ability to do more but we’ll see.
- Do you attend conventions? If so which ones do you attend? Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended? What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
Yes. I have only been to a few (Scare A Con, Niagara Falls Comic Con and Monster Mania). My advice for cons would be….not only bring deodorant but make sure you wear it.
- What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
Don’t give a flying fuck about what people say about your looks! If you think your too short/fat/tall/skinny or the wrong gender for whatever character you’re wanting to cosplay……FUCK THEM! Make the costume and enjoy yourself.
- Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
Brian Emenheiser, James Burlew, John Drancsak, Jordan Harvey and Emily Lane.
- Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
Facebook: Gallow Goes to Hell