Cosplayer: FanService Renji
Character Name: Renji Abarai
Comments: I originally chose this cosplay just to be a side kick to my friend who was Ichigo. He was always choosing characters to pair with me so I wanted to return the favor. I knew I wanted to be shirtless so I spent a whole year working out hard to get in shape before I event attempted this. I still maintain a strict diet and exercise routine to maintain my fitness.
The tattoos were a big challenge in the beginning. I had a team of three people that would help draw and paint them on every morning at 7am at the cons. Even with the whole team it took 3 hours. I finally got smart one day and invested a night in creating stencil to air brush the tattoos on. With the new system it takes only one person 2 hours to paint but they stay on for a week.
The wig was actually 2 wigs and 2o hr project to complete. A lot of hair was needed to pull off the spiky top know known as the red pineapple. Extra hair from a second wig was needed for the hair that falls down onto the shoulders.
Finally the sword weighs less than 3lbs and each joint extends a few inches. You can see the very first joint is slightly opened.
For more info: http://www.facebook.com/pages/FanService-Renji/118427704886344
Country: United States
Photographer: Arielle Somberg (TotallyToasty.com)