Fem! The best gender bend cosplays

See more from these fem! lovers here:
park-yu
(Photographer)
thewhitegirlwiththelittledog (Cosplay)
HinoSherloki (Cosplay)
Lyz Brickley (Cosplay)
Darshelle Stevens (Photography)
Star Wars Chick (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Kristen Andrews Dvm (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Katie Roberts (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Robbins Studios (Photography)
gymnastar1326 (Cosplay)
SNTP (Photography)
Silent Rip (Cosplay)
Nellie Schwarz (Cosplay)

‘Text Talk’ by Nick Knight

Prolific fashion photographer Nick Knight is constantly re-defining and discussing pop culture in his work, never has this been more true than in ‘Text Talk’, an editorial created for Garage Magazine in 2012. With styling by Katy England and modelling by Lindsey Wixon Nick Knight combines the recognisable imagery of texting and uses them in a way that is reminiscint of Roy Lichtenstein’s work to create a modern take on pop culture.

THE BEST OF: The Titans

Since Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan) aired it is near impossible to visit a con and not see a fleshy titan. They make a great cosplay adventure because there are so many ways you can dress up, body suits, body paint, onsies etc. They have quickly become a cult phenomenon and these are the best out there:

See more from the cosplayers & photographers here:
Sheele-chii (Cosplay, Canada)
Jim McAvoy (Photography, Canada)
WindiCos (Cosplay, Portugal)
Ruo (Cosplay, Japan)
ChanZa (Cosplay, Taiwan)
Alias (Cosplay, UK)
Mellisa Reeves Photography (Photography, UK)

Stahli Cosplay

One of my new favourite things to do on instagram at the moment is to find cosplayers – they’re great to follow as you get to see some behind the makeup shots and characters in everyday situations, it’s awesome to see people showing the non-convention side of cosplaying.

Stahli Cosplay first came to my attention on a search for Attack On Titan cosplay – the Levi costume made me stop scrolling a take notice. Who can ignore those epic Levi brows & Titan PJ’s?!

See all of Stahli’s osplayC here: facebook.com/StahliCosplay and don’t forget to follow @stahlicosplay on instagram.

Tokyo Tremors: Four New Waves in Japanese Contemporary Art

Tokyo Tremors
Four New Waves in Japanese Contemporary Art

Tokyo Tremors is a lecture and discussion with Adrian Favell which took place at UCLA on June 11th. It explores the 4 new waves of contemporary art in Japan.

You can read the full summary here, for the moment I will be looking at just one section which is relevant to my research.

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/soc/faculty/favell/RoyalTevent.pdf

A second wave focuses on the unique girl culture thriving in Japan today. While girls feature everywhere
in Japanese contemporary art – particularly in the adolescent styles of Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki artists –
other more independent women are striking a bolder, autonomous pose that is questioning gender
identity and roles in Japanese society, while celebrating their growing consumer power. This art has used
the camera as its main medium, influenced by popular street photography, as much as the extraordinary
innovations of the Japanese fashion world. Key artists here include Mika Ninagawa, Mikiko Hara, Miwa
Yanagi, Tomoko Sawada and Pyuupiru.

Miwa Yanagi also featured in the Bye Bye Kitty exhibition I wrote about, and whilst her and these artists focus on the role of the woman it is important to explore such a controversial new movement which opposes Japanese popular culture.

I am trying my hardest to get hold of a copy of the talk and to get into contact with Adrian Favell, the speaker. For now I will look at the work of practitioners mentioned and gain as greater knowledge as I can from that.

Mika Ninagawa

Mikiko Hara

Miwa Yanagi

Tomoko Sawada

Pyuupiru