Set seven years after the ending of InFAMOUS 2, players control Delsin Rowe, a 24 year-old graffiti artist and delinquent. After an encounter with a “Conduit,” or someone with supernatural powers, Delsin becomes one himself, and begins to use his powers to fight the Department of Unified Protection, a government organization bent on destroying all Conduits. This week for #cosplaytuesday, we sit down with Chris Lazcano, a Massachusetts based Cosplayer who decided to rock the iconic red beanie in all its glory.
SAVAGE: How long have you been doing cosplay for, and what initially got you interested in it?
Chris: I have been cosplaying for about 3 years now! What honestly got me into cosplaying was searching online for a picture of Dante from Devil May Cry 3, and I found a picture of someone cosplaying Dante and thought to myself "I want to do that! If they can look like Dante so can I!". After that it became such a fun thing to do with friends.
SAVAGE: I read that you are apart of a cosplay group. Can you tell me a little about that?
Chris: Sure! I am part of a cosplaying/performing group called "Fifteen Fantasies"! We mostly do Masquerades at different conventions around the east coast spreading the love of dancing, performing, and cosplaying. It's a passion of ours that carries onto the stage, and conveys to the audience. Were hoping to give more explosive performances in the future.
SAVAGE: Do you get any strange reactions from friends or family when you tell them you are a cosplayer? Or are they all supportive and understanding of your hobby?
Chris: My family has been nothing but supportive, to the point where they get into playful arguments about what characters they think I should Cosplay at an upcoming convention. My friends are all supportive of me, but that doesn't mean they don't like to take playful jabs at me!
SAVAGE: What is your take on the sexisim in cosplay? Do you think the industry is starting to take notice of guy cosplayers, or is this still a female dominated scene?
Chris: Ah, now that is a hot button topic within the Cosplay community. My personal beliefs on sexism in the Cosplay community is that it's honestly alive and happening. Men are slowly starting to be noticed, but more for superhero costumes. With the rise of the comic book movie industry, guys are being given a few more choices, but there's still not as many as what females can choose from with the anime and gaming market. Unfortunately for both sides, the media is choosing to try and market this as a sexy hobby when they're just trying to have fun and as such, sex sells. To be entirely truthful, there's just as many normal guys in the hobby, but not as many pictures online, for the sole fact that sex sells.. and the majority of photographers are straight males. This is all my opinion of course.
Photos by Paul Tea