About Dean Thorpe:
My Cosplay and other costumes

Introduction

As a kid most people get invited to fancy dress parties, sadly when they get older a lot of people do a strange thing called growing up and that means no longer doing things like that! Luckily for me I read up on that growing up stuff in advance and decided it was definitely not for me, so have avoided it completely! lol

I love dressing up and actually being part of it all, I really do. A lot of photographers go to events to take photos, but do it wearing very boring clothes, I on the other hand would much rather make an effort and feel like I am really part of the event.

I do find that at some events people seem more willing to pose for me than some of the photographers who have not made any effort for the event at all. Some say that the key to being a great event photographer is the ability to blend in at events, some do that by wearing plain black to not draw attention to themselves, but I would rather have some fun :)

My favourite costume from a party would have to be when I dressed up as Keith Flint from the Prodigy, based on his look from their Firestarter music video. I wore that for a friends birthday party, picked as I have always been a huge fan of the Prodigy for almost 30 years now.

I would love to get more into building much more advanced cosplay style costumes, maybe one day!

I do have some great cosplay ideas for 2019 if I can build the costumes, we will have to just wait and see.

First costumes

The first event I wore fun things to was probably Brighton Pride. Over the many years I wore many different outfits including a Tiger, a Nurse, a little black dress that I made myself (yes it fell apart on the day! lol), a Soldier and a few others, but my favourite was probably Shrek! Shrek has always been one of my favourite animated characters, so I enjoyed making the costume to wear for the day. I really, really hate coffee!!! Why is that relevant? When making my own costume for Shrek I bought white clothes from a charity shop to cut to shape and change to the correct colour, my budget as always was extremely limited, so as I couldn’t afford proper dye I used . . . very strong, cheap, nasty coffee and let it soak for a few days in it, no matter how many times I washed it I still smelled like coffee! lol I looked far from perfect, but I much prefer making costumes to just going out and buying it all as a set. I have stopped going to Brighton Pride as there are many other LGBT events that seem to have more of the original “Pride not Profit” ideology that Brighton used to have before becoming just another boring expensive festival. Hastings and Eastbourne Prides are much better in my opinion.

Cosplay conventions

I went to a few geeky computer game conventions when I was younger, the first back in 1990, but people didn’t dress up for them. Now there are many great conventions for us geeks and nerds, names that are much cooler than they ever used to be. My favourite cosplay event is Wyntercon, it’s not as big as some of the ones you get in places like London, although it is growing bigger and bigger each year. I missed the first year of Wyntercon, I had heard a few mention it, but didn’t know much about it, so didn’t go. The second year I knew a lot more about it so created my own Steampunk style cosplay version of retired Auror Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody from the Harry Potter books and films. The next year I was invited to go again as the organisers had enjoyed the photos I had taken, so I decided to try something a little harder and over the two days I cosplayed and crossplayed a couple. Day one I was Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad and the second day I dressed as the Dark Knight version of the Joker. The year after that I missed due to very bad health issues at the time. 2018 I returned to Wyntercon, this time as my own character inspired by Maleficent, which would have looked a lot better if my wings had not been left at home by accident :(

Steampunk events

Steampunk is quite popular in the area I live in, we have a few great steampunk events every year and those are events I love dressing up for. Steampunk for those who do not know is a kind of mixture between Victorian fashion and steam powered advanced technology. Antique looking steam powered computers, steam powered spaceships and lots of other cool stuff like that. It’s great are there are virtually no rules when it comes to creating Steampunk costumes, you can go from classic, simple, but smart Victorian dress, right up to really over the top Steampunk style cyborgs with inspiration being taken from anywhere you want and then adapted to fit the style.

Wyntercon Cosplay Events

2016 - Day 2

When Dean Thorpe first dyed his hair bright green it wasn't to cosplay as the Joker, but he couldn't resist doing the makeup to see how he would look as the Joker, his favourite DC Comics character, closely followed by Harley Quinn.

When Dean Thorpe first dyed his hair bright green it wasn't to cosplay as the Joker, but he couldn't resist doing the makeup to see how he would look as the Joker, his favourite DC Comics character, closely followed by Harley Quinn

2016 - Day 1

Dean Thorpe doing a Harley Quinn cosplay / crossplay at Wyntercon 2016. Two day event, so two different characters!

Dean Thorpe doing a Harley Quinn cosplay / crossplay at Wyntercon 2016. Two day event, so two different characters!

2016 - Day 1

For Wyntercon and a few other events Dean Thorpe has cosplayed / crossplayed as Harley Quinn

For Wyntercon and a few other events Dean Thorpe has cosplayed / crossplayed as Harley Quinn, one of his favourite DC Comics characters. Crossplay is a cross gender type cosplay. This was a makeup test for that

2015

For his first ever Wyntercon Dean Thorpe went as Alastor Mad-Eye Moody from the Harry Potter books and film

For his first ever Wyntercon Dean Thorpe went as Alastor Mad-Eye Moody from the Harry Potter books and films. There was more to the outfit, no good photos of it all

Steampunk Events

Eastbourne 2017

All dressed up and ready for Eastbourne Steampunk festival in 2017. The custom hat was all my own work

All dressed up and ready for Eastbourne Steampunk festival in 2017. The custom hat was all my own work

Eastbourne 2016

A photograph of Dean Thorpe looking rather mad for Eastbourne steampunk festival, he went as a steampunk, crossplay / cosplay version of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, quite a mixture of genres! lol

A photograph of Dean Thorpe looking rather mad for Eastbourne steampunk festival, he went as a steampunk, crossplay / cosplay version of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, quite a mixture of genres! lol

Eastbourne 2015

Standing up on the top at Beachy Head near Eastbourne was Dean Thorpe dressed ready for a Steampunk event later in the day!

Standing up on the top at Beachy Head near Eastbourne was Dean Thorpe dressed ready for a Steampunk event later in the day! ALWAYS keep a safe distance from the cliff edge, this was taken before I knew how unstable those cliffs were!

Gay Pride Events

Eastbourne 2017

This is not that unusual outfit for Dean Thorpe! This is what I wore to Eastbourne's first ever Pride event

This is not that unusual outfit for Dean Thorpe! This is what I wore to Eastbourne's first ever Pride event, well they had to call it Mardi Gras, but it was Eastbourne Pride to everybody! :) This photo was kindly taken by Samantha Mercer, a friend who is very interested in photography and always running off with my camera!!! lol

Hastings 2016

One of the perks of being one of the organisers of the Hastings Pride launch party was that Dean Thorpe got to be one of the official photographers and that gave him great access, as you can see from this selfie while on stage at Hastings Pride.

One of the perks of being one of the organisers of the Hastings Pride launch party was that Dean Thorpe got to be one of the official photographers and that gave him great access, as you can see from this selfie while on stage at Hastings Pride

Brighton 2013

A rather strange pink haired soldier version of Dean Thorpe at Brighton Pride in 2013 with a Decepticon necklace

A rather strange pink haired soldier version of Dean Thorpe at Brighton Pride in 2013 with a Decepticon necklace

Brighton 2006

Dean Thorpe lurking around Brighton Pride 2006 in a nurses outfit and wig, not exacly a rare sight there! lol

Dean Thorpe lurking around Brighton Pride 2006 in a nurses outfit and wig, not exacly a rare sight there! lol

Brighton 2005

Spotted sitting on top of a wall in Brighton was Shrek the Ogre or was it Dean Thorpe, maybe just something in between!

Spotted sitting on top of a wall in Brighton was Shrek the Ogre or was it Dean Thorpe, maybe just something in between! This was probably my first ever attempt at Cosplay, I don't think I have got much better, but I do still love doing it! :)

Brighton 2004

Looking a little bigger than these days, this was Dean Thorpe dressed as a punk for Brighton Pride 2004

Looking a little bigger than these days, this was Dean Thorpe dressed as a punk for Brighton Pride 2004

Hastings Pirate Day Events

2018

It really doesn't take much to get me, Dean Thorpe, into a costume of some sort! this is how I looked for Hastings Pirate Day 2018!

It really doesn't take much to get me, Dean Thorpe, into a costume of some sort! this is how I looked for Hastings Pirate Day 2018!

2017

Dean Thorpe dressed as a slightly steampunk Pirate for Hastings Pirate Day 2017

Dean Thorpe dressed as a slightly steampunk Pirate for Hastings Pirate Day 2017

2014

Hastings Pirate Day in 2014, it is always a great event that I go to every year

Hastings Pirate Day in 2014, it is always a great event that I go to every year

1066 Walk of the Dead / Zombie Day events

2017

Helen Kedwards on the left and Dean Thorpe on the right, highly manipulated photo taken at the 1066 Walk of the Dead / Hastings Zombie Day, October 2017. My mask I built entirely myself!

Helen Kedwards on the left and Dean Thorpe on the right, highly manipulated photo taken at the 1066 Walk of the Dead / Hastings Zombie Day, October 2017. My mask I built and painted entirely myself!

Getting ready for Hastings Zombie Day / 1066 Walk of the Dead, Dean Thorpe is ready for action and dressed as a Zombie killer, with steampunk goggles, custom made mask and an old plastic air pistol.

Getting ready for Hastings Zombie Day / 1066 Walk of the Dead, Dean Thorpe is ready for action and dressed as a Zombie killer, with steampunk goggles, custom made mask and an old plastic air pistol

2013

Lots of loose skin thanks to plenty of PVA glue and makeup effects. This was for the 1066 Walk of the Dead in 2013

Lots of loose skin thanks to plenty of PVA glue and makeup effects. This was for the 1066 Walk of the Dead in 2013 

Various other Events

Photograph of Dean Thorpe taking photos with an old Canon 35mm camera. This was actually part of his Peter Parker / Spiderman Cosplay he did once, the camera seemed more the sort of thing Peter Parker would have used

Photograph of Dean Thorpe taking photos with an old Canon 35mm camera. This was actually part of his Peter Parker / Spiderman Cosplay he did once, the camera seemed more the sort of thing Peter Parker would have used

I have always loved The Prodigy and especially Keith Flint, so I decided to cosplay as him.

A good friend of mine called Zoe decided to have a fancy dress party for her birthday and the theme was pop music icons. I have always loved The Prodigy and especially Keith Flint, so I decided to cosplay as him

Political protester Dean Thorpe at a march in London back in June 2015. Yes I wore a mask, but had a very distinctive t-shirt and hair!

Political protester Dean Thorpe at a march in London back in June 2015. Yes I wore a mask, but had a very distinctive t-shirt and hair!

Halloween costume I was going to wear for an event in October 2017. In the end I didn't go to the event, but I still have the mask and cloak.

Halloween costume I was going to wear for an event in October 2017. In the end I didn't go to the event, but I still have the mask and cloak

As part of Section 5 Drummers (The only non drumming member! lol) Dean Thorpe goes out with them taking photos of events

As part of Section 5 Drummers (The only non drumming member! lol) Dean Thorpe goes out with them taking photos of events, this was at Battle Medieval Festival in 2016, although Dean doesn't drum, he does like to dress like part of Section 5 Drummers!

Another photo of Dean Thorpe in a V for Vendetta / Anonymous mask. Dean collects them and this one Dean modified to look like a metal mask

Another photo of Dean Thorpe in a V for Vendetta / Anonymous mask. Dean collects them and this one Dean modified to look like a metal mask by covering it with aluminium tape, it also has small crystals everywhere he has piercings

To Dean Thorpe one of the worst things that could ever happen to him would be becoming a sensible and responsible grown up

To Dean Thorpe one of the worst things that could ever happen to him would be becoming a sensible and responsible grown up, luckily those are things has no intention of ever becoming, as you can see from this photo!!!

Dean Thorpe used to be part of Section 5 Drummers, but didn't drum! He used to take lots of the photos instead. This was at Hastings carnival.

Dean Thorpe used to be part of Section 5 Drummers, but didn't drum! He used to take lots of the photos instead. This was at Hastings carnival