To this day, I have no idea what possessed me to do this. maybe it was the horrible day I'd had at work or maybe it was my allergies screwing up my brain in early May 2009. Who knows. All I remember is that after the thought of cosplaying Igor crossed my mind, I literally ran home from work, still in my terrifying flip flops and laughed like a madman all the way to my front door and into our apartment. I may have traumatised my flatmate for life but if it took me that long to do so, I'm only happy.
Anyway. Igor is awesome. Igor is lovely. Igor is the creepy old man you don't want to run into in a dark alley. Except maybe a little. Because there might be Personas in it for you.
My brief and very half-hearted studies in special fx make up techniques came in handy for the first time ever, when I made Igor. The prosthetic nose was made of gelatin (I first shaped the nose on a plaster replica of my face I also happen to have laying about and then made a mold using some more plaster [also, I'm not even sure if "plaster" is the right word to use here; it's past midnight and my English is going "bwuh"], poured the gelatin in and voila), the ears I actually had just gathering dust in my piles of things I might have use for later and the bald cap. Oh the bald cap! I actually considered making it from a scratch but I'm eternally grateful I didn't.
I bought a TV-quality bald cap and attached the hair to it with liquid latex. Ten hairs at a time. I hated myself for a bit there. After I'd glued all the millions of hairs on the cap I coloured the bald bits with some basic foundation and finished it with fifty tons of fixing powder.
I also realised why our prosthetics teacher had lectured about never attaching prosthetics on yourself. It's ridiculous. It's doable but takes a thousand hours more than if someone else is there to do it for you. Especially if you haven't had anything to do with more difficult make up techniques in three years. Never again. Never. Again.
tl;dr: I made this costume of bits. Some of it was fun, some of it was not.
Photo by Teija Ahonen // editing by Teija & myself
Character (c) Atlus & co.