I have returned! all in one piece too, haha.
My trip to New Orleans has been one of the best things to happen in my life lately. For me, staying in one place for so long with the repetitious grind of daily mediocrity had put such a damper on my life. This was on top of working overtime and two other jobs. The other jobs I only have taken on in an attempt to add variety to the week, even my colorful array of events I attend or costumes I made had grown a gloomy haze of gray. Vacations always have a magical influence on people, but this was more than that. It was the first vacation I had ever planned on my own (in a sense), with a friend as I usually let whomever I've dated at the time plan everything, I was on a search to find family background and I did come across lots of rich history, it was also a spiritual journey to a place that is a known for being a hive of activity and like always in my rebel nature, I defied lots of views of people from this area on the negative views of that area (especially during that time of the year).
Needless to say it was fun, lots of fun.
The people there are very friendly, in the sense that -everyone- says "Hello" or asks "How you are doing?" you don't get that up north and with this friendliness there lacked the friction of the human struggle in these people. Not, to crude (i'm just stating from observations), but even homeless people on the street seemed pretty content with the city and it's people and would greet you with the same openness as everyone else. My friend and I even would sit and chat with some of them, helping them with whatever we could in our pockets. You learn all kinds of stories from people if you just take the time to talk with them.
We met a few locally famous New Orleans icons while down there, one was a man known for dressing as the rebel vampire prince, Lestat de Lioncourt. He was really lovely for the brief time we got to chat at the Vampire Masquerade Ball and has a smile to die for. The other was an older man dressed head to toe in Steampunk fashions, we encountered him at a french bakery. I invited him to sit with us and we had a bit of coffee party while a tea party went on in his top hat. I feel that meeting him was the highlight of my trip, he reinvigorated my imagination and the hopes I ever had in the past of being an artist. My thank you to him for changing my life in that small way is to make him a Marie Antoinette wig for his performance art like he asked of me. I don't normally make gifts for people i've just met, I'm glad to make this exception because I know he will appreciate it and it will bring lots of joy through him to the people in New Orleans, a city that has helped me to feel happy again.
Now that I am back, it's time to get to the grindstone once more, my home is in need of attention, the holidays and Planet Comicon is around the corner and I have a few costumes I would like to do.
I've noticed, the older i've gotten the more my costumes have changed. They've gone from anime and videogame themed to more movie, historically-influenced and my own designs. I try to veer away from the hype that is now associated with Cosplay nowadays, I choose to do my own thing and it makes me happier and less pressed to try to make a costume before it's popularity has died down.
Costumes on the agenda:
Barbarella - Queen of the Galaxy
Isabeau - Ladyhawke
Costumes still in debate:
Arwen - Lord of the Rings
Queen Isabella - The Fountain
Back to the trip, it was wonderful and enlightening and we are planning to go again next year!
Love x Peace
A twenty-something, fabric hoarding, geek loving, freelance artist who is young at heart and has a sense of adventure.