Welcome to another 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 then I will have other horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is a horror cosplayer and would like to be featured in a future spotlight, please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com
What is your first memory of watching a Friday the 13th movie?
I was watching Part 3 as a young boy and it was the scene where Jason tries to grab Chris through the van window. I was watching the movie near an open window. I heard a noise and I went to see what it was when my dad jumped up, wearing a hockey mask, and grabbed me. Terrified me!
What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
Part 6. Jason is like a force of nature in that movie. I’m also a big fan of the remake.
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 got started as a mid-teenager. I loved dressing up as a kid and wanted to continue. I usually piece together and weather the clothes myself but I purchase the hoods and hockey mask blanks online. I like to paint my own hockey masks.
How many versions of Jason costumes do you have? Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
I currently have 3. I have a version of Part 3 that didn’t receive the ax wound and has been living in the woods for decades. I have one that is a hybrid of Parts 3, 6, and the remake. My third is a hypothetical/hybrid of part 3 and the Remake. I use a burgundy shirt instead of green. I had posted a few photos to a group I am in on Facebook where Vincente DiSanti referred to it as a Bizarro Jason. I thought it was fitting. I am currently working on 2. A costume that is a combination of all versions that appear with a hockey mask and a version of Jason if he was in the Star Wars universe.
Do you attend conventions? If so which ones do you attend? Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended?
I do attend and cosplay conventions but yet to go as Jason. This year will be my first. I’m based in Cincinnati, so I attend the Cincinnati Comic Expo and will be attending Cincinnati HorrorHound.
What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
Do your best and have fun! Don’t feel discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t look like the ones made by people who have been doing this for a while. It’s all about having fun, so don’t overthink it!
Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
@factor13studios, @goregalor, @ebonywarriorstudios, @zoomcwcosplay, @midsouth_maniac, @southjerseyjason
Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
You can find me on Instagram @tony.the.ray