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Gardening Tools

Michael MacWolff

Congrats to Kaze for determining the identity of my newest Secret Cosplay! You win 30 Mikey Points (MP) for guessing it on round 3. This is not Whose Line is it Anyway; I promise that I am in fact keeping track and those will become relevant at a point in the future when more than just one person has some.

For those of you who missed the revelation, I am cosplaying the adorable gardening gym leader Ramos from Pokemon X&Y!

 I kind of want to do an alternate younger version of him too and use my real hair/facial hair because despite the wierd-ass accent in the show, I maintain the headcanon that he is obviously an old Scottish groundskeeper who was a ginger before his hair turned white and who is voiced by Sean Connery and no one can convince me otherwise.

 I kind of want to do an alternate younger version of him too and use my real hair/facial hair because despite the wierd-ass accent in the show, I maintain the headcanon that he is obviously an old Scottish groundskeeper who was a ginger before his hair turned white and who is voiced by Sean Connery and no one can convince me otherwise.

Why Ramos, you ask? Well, besides the fact that he's an adorable old man, he was also my favorite gym leader in X&Y, and I get to make a giant pair of fancy garden shears (which are the most impractical thing I've ever seen if you were going to actually try to use them for pruning things). Top it off with my love of nature, plants and gardening (and grass type pokemon by extension), and he's a great fit for me. It's also fairly light on the actual intricacy of the costume, making it doable for my original deadline: Tekko in Pittsburgh, which is actually this weekend! (though I may or may not actually be wearing him, we'll see about that).

While I haven't worn the full costume yet, I do have some photos of all of the pieces, so take a look!

Those gloves were a royal pain in my ass, but they look nice :-)

Those gloves were a royal pain in my ass, but they look nice :-)

This was my first test run after I finished the scissors but I didn't have all of the other pieces done yet.

This was my first test run after I finished the scissors but I didn't have all of the other pieces done yet.

As you can see, I made one legit Plant Badge for myself, but I also made a bunch of buttons with the Plant Badge on it that I can actually give to people. My intention is to give them to people in exchange for either a) taking selfies with me, b) challenging me to a pokemon battle, or c) just being generally awesome and deserving of one.
I do actually intend to have my 3DS on me at all times in this costume and having an all grass-type team ready to go. Because I am a super nerd and things like that amuse me, and will hopefully amuse others too.

With any luck I'll have photos of the full costume up soon whether I take Ramos to Tekko this weekend or not. And as for why I might not, I'm already shaving my head to have Nux & Furiosa make a comeback, so I'd like to take the available opportunity to wear Tenzin.
In the event that I don't get photos of him this weekend (and really, he should have a natural background being a gardener/grass gym leader rather than the cityscape anyway), I plan to organize a photoshoot for him at either the Cleveland Botanical Gardens or in my parent's back yard (cause my mom also has an awesome garden).