Cosplayers of Color: No Strings on Me

Welcome back to today’s episode of… wait sorry, wrong cue card. *ahem* Hello readers! Continuing our Cosplayers of Colors series, we bring you Dar the Puppet Master! If you find yourselves compelled to read, we have absolutely no idea what might be the cause… *hides chakra strings*

Bobbo:

What’s going on Dar… Thanks for doing this for us, we really appreciate this!

Dar:

Anytime, fella’s!

Hakurai:

Where am I? This isn’t Chipotle… oh, hi Dar!

Dar:

Ahahaha, wassup Hakurai!

Bobbo:

So Dar, this is going to be a feature for our cosplayers of color spot for black history month.
Tell our readers about who Dar is??? Do you have a cosplay name??

Dar:

Ok, So my FULL name is Darrian Cunningham. Born and raised in Concord, NC.

Bobbo:

Lol… Okay

Dar:

When it comes to anime (which was my starter pack for cosplay, of course), I believe my first was Gundam Wing (that I actually knew was an anime). I don’t know about y’all, but it took me a while to actually figure out that DBZ and Pokemon\Digimon was an anime….don’t judge.
So around the age of 13 is about when I became a big fan of Anime. I found myself making websites for RPing about anime and even drawing anime characters.
As far as Cosplay is concerned, I’m not going to lie, I thought it was odd and never even knew what it was, nor tried to find out until my facebook days…

Bobbo:

Okay, then what got you into cosplaying?

Hakurai:

*whispers* the ladies…
*nudge*

Dar:

Ahahaha! I’d have to say Naruto gave me the actual WANTING to cosplay. So my first cosplay was of course, Darui, from Kumogakure.

Bobbo:

Okay that’s cool… So Naruto is a big influence… *judgement*

Dar:

Until recently, I was never comfortable with cosplaying outside my race. And to find a badass black(ish) character, and no, not Mr. PoPo… I began to branch out into other characters.

Hakurai:

Oh sure, single out the black guy… wait no, it’s a good thing this time. Carry on.

Dar:

Haha, only because Darui caught my eye, he reminded me of a black Kakashi.

Hakurai:

I can totally see that. We’re still judging you for love of Naruto though.

Dar:

And let me know if I’m talking too much, or not enough guys.

Hakurai:

Nah, I’d say you’re doing well for now.

Bobbo:

So out of the cosplays you have done, which character has been your favorite??

Dar:

Oh man.. Hard choice seeing I’m picky on who I do.. I’ve only done 5 cosplays, but my Kankuro gets A LOT of attention, due to my sasori puppet and my custom facepaint designs. So, I’d have to say Kankuro.

Bobbo:

I liked that one too… It was beast! How did you put that one together??

Dar:

Thanks, Bobbo!

Bobbo:

With all the negativity going around the Cosplay community concerning body image, skin color, and all the other dumb stuff people focus on, what do you have as a message for the upcoming Cosplayers of Color in the future?

Dar:

Just do your thing and have fun! At the end of the day, when you get your admission ticket and walk in there, you should be there for your reason. If anyone else has the time to sit around and talk junk about you, they ain’t having fun themselves.
Oh, and it’s ALWAYS more fun to go with friends.. That makes the con’s amazing!

Bobbo:

Awesome man, is there anything else that you’d like to tell your fans or the people Judy discovering you now??

Hakurai:

just*

*retreats to editor shadows*

Bobbo:

Thank you, Hakurai.

Damn keyboard

Hakurai:

Right… keyboard…

Dar:

If you don’t feel comfortable getting all dressed up and what not, I would still HIGHLY recommend at least going to a con just to say you have. The bigger the better and there are TONS of cool things you can buy. Just be ready, and be open! Hope to see some of my FB group friends at one sometime!

Hakurai:

Woo woo!

Dar:

Thank you too as well, for the interview! It was my first one, wish it was a little more inspirational but hell, I enjoyed it!

Hakurai:

As long as everyone had fun, it’s worth it!

Dar:

Always!

Bobbo:

Thanks so much man, if you have any sites, tumblr, fan page leave it in the chat and I’ll get in touch for some pics to put up with the post.

Dar:

Ok cool cool, I don’t consider myself good enough to have a fanpage lmao, just the normal deviantart and instagram, but ok Bobbo, Hakurai, y’all be easy!

Bobbo:

You too Dar!!

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