Texas’s Love – Cosplayer Tiffany Gordon Interview
Cosplayer Tiffany Gordon
With the media’s attention to a worldwide pandemic, our mission at Outright Geekery is to bring just a moment of distraction and if possible a chance to know someone a little better. Though our current situation may keep our concerns for others occupied, it should never keep us from sharing what we love with one another. Our next exclusive interview comes from the Lone-Star state of Texas. This lovely lady brings a warm smile, a caring heart and her passion for full-scale flying outfits and props. Her name is Tiffany but she’s better known to all as Tiffany Gordon Cosplay. A seasoned cosplayer whose artistry is well known throughout the cosplaying world, as well as personal video tutorials called Tiff’s-Tips, is a must-see. So my fellow readers, please show your love and welcome Tiffany to our collective.
OG: Welcome Tiffany. Thank you so much for allowing Outright Geekery the chance to interview you.
TG: Thank you for having me. I really appreciate you guys for reaching out! Texans love to be friendly among our neighboring states, especially in our current situation.
OG: Tiffany, it is customary to offer kind words of inspiration in case you should be looking down the face of despair and hopelessness. We, at Outright Geekery, care about those who share their artistry with everyone out there. Our words for you, “Those who dance are considered to be insane by the people who cannot hear the music!” Cheers!
OG: And with that, please Tiffany, tell our reader about yourself.
TG: Hi my name is Tiffany from Tiffany Gordon Cosplay and I am a petite, blonde hair, blue-eyed girl from Texas who loves to cosplay. I have a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Fibers & Weaving and an undeclared Metalsmith degree. I’ve been cosplaying since 2008 and have won a few Best in Show awards and Best Craftsmanship awards as well as being a Finalist for this last year’s TwitchCon competition but I don’t actively compete.
OG: And when you are not under the Lime-Light, how does Tiffany unwind?
TG: When I’m not cosplaying, I’m usually playing games like DayZ, Battlefield V, Fallout, Animal Crossing, Assassins Creed, DBZ Kakarot, etc.., while having a show or Twitch on in the background. I love animals and have a rabbit named Chez who is extremely fluffy! Normally while crafting I have a glass of white wine, Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, or a margarita.
OG: What kind of kid were you growing up?
TG: I grew up in a divorced family and mainly stayed with my Dad. I was a bit of a tomboy and most of my friends were boys who I would help build forts and play video games with.
OG: What sort of things that only children from Texas would have fun doing?
TG: My family did World War II reenactments, my dad being a British Airborne reenactor and my stepmom being a French Resistance one and of course I followed in their footsteps. I currently am the tank commander for an M4A3E8 Sherman tank and love it and have an amazing crew including Jason, Josh, Brian, and Shane.
OG: From all those wonderful experiences you had as a child, did your inner artistry come out more pronounced?
TG: I also was heavily into art growing up and loved to paint and draw.
OG: Did you have the type of parents that were very supportive of you?
TG: My mom really wanted me to follow what she was into. This included doing softball for 5 years (wasn’t my thing), playing the viola and cello for 4 years (I enjoyed but wasn’t my thing) and then I ended up doing Color Guard/ Winter Guard with the Marching Band for 5 years (which I actually really enjoyed).
OG: Did you have any pets? If so, what sort of pets did you own?
TG: As for pets, I had many! I had a dog, lots of cats, fish, gerbils, mice, etc. This even led me to volunteer at an Animal Shelter for 4 years where I helped mainly with the sick kitties.
OG: How did you get started in cosplay? What was your first-ever cosplay outfit?
TG: Back in 2008, when I was in high school my friend invited me to come to Ikkicon and that we should go and dress up as our favorite characters. I thought this was a cool thing to try and I cosplayed Misa from Death Note. For the costume, I bought a black skirt, shirt and shoes that I then hand sewed on ribbons/ lace and sewed leggings. I also made her “death note” book as well as a little Misa doll out of felt.
TG: Once at the convention I saw so many people dressed up and I made so many new friends that I decided to do it again for the next year and I hand sewed an entire cosplay from scratch, which was Sister Kate from Trinity Blood. This was the first cosplay that I had fully made and entered it into the cosplay competition and won Best Craftsmanship.
OG: It looks like you have such a high skill-set talent for making outfits. What made you leave the cosplay world?
TG: I continued this for a few years until I went to college. While in college I took a break from cosplay and anime because I didn’t want my personal art to be influenced by it and instead became obsessed with Marie Antoinette. After college, I got an internship that led to a full-time job as a jewelry designer but after a while, I felt like I was missing something and again came back into cosplay in 2016.
OG: So coming back, the itch was still there and how did you manage to scratch it?
TG: I decided to make four cosplays at once from The Witcher (Triss, Geralt, Ciri & Yennefer) and put my new found skills of leather making and metalsmithing into my cosplays. I eventually wanted to make larger cosplays with more props and specifically, wings which brought me to self-teaching myself worbla, EVA foam, and 3d modeling/ printing.
OG: Wow. What a way to bring back your cosplay artistry in full force.
OG: What sort of characters do you love to portray when cosplaying? Are there certain cosplays that best reflect your talents in makeup and props? What’s been your favorite cosplay outfit?
TG: A little fun fact about me is that all the cosplays that I have made are from games that I actually played and from shows that I actually watched.
TG: I choose characters that interest me and normally I am obsessed with what I want to bring to life and a lot of them tend to have wings. I really try to be as accurate to the original character design and try to bring it to life as close as possible.
OG: Do you tend to be drawn to powerful gaming characters? Does makeup play a big part in morphing into the character?
TG: This tends to lead me more to game cosplays, specifically from Blizzard because of how much detail the characters have. As for cosplay makeup, I am still learning and improving on every cosplay that I make.
OG: Body Painting, that Crayola goo. Some do and some don’t. What says you?
TG: I try to stay away from body painting just because it is a really long process to do it properly and to have it sealed properly to not have the paint rub off onto your outfit. I am always really impressed with cosplayers and artists who do really nice FX makeup and wigs!
OG: Would you say, all of your cosplay ventures have been well organized?
TG: As someone who had to document every single progress while making sculptures in college, I naturally did this with my cosplays. I even started to make cosplay tutorial videos called “TIFF’S TIPS” to help other cosplayers!
OG: Photographers, you can either love them or hate them. What’s been your experiences with them?
TG: For photoshoots of my work I found that unfortunately most photographers at conventions do not capture the cosplay how I would like and in most cases I do not receive the photos for sometimes 6 months to a year. For this reason, I have my friend shoot all of my photos each month and I do all the small edits myself.
OG: My gut feeling told me you are a shutterbug. What sort of photos does love taking and please offer details on your photo equipment?
TG: I prefer to shoot my cosplays outside with natural lighting just around the city and use a Canon Rebel T6i with a Tamron SP 24-70 DI VC lens. For my indoor photoshoots, I have a bit of setup and use a Polaroid Pro Studio Telescopic Background stand and white muslin backdrop. For lights, I use a Lume Cube Air Light Kit, two Neweer E27 Square Softbox, two Neweer 700W Rectangle Softboxes, two Newwer 600W Umbrella Lights and a Neweer Square Hairlight Softbox.
OG: What is your opinion of Lewd photography? Are you comfortable doing Lewds cosplay?
TG: I have no issue with Lewd photography. I personally prefer to do it more artistically rather than purely sexual with my boudoir/lewd cosplay photoshoots for Patreon. This, however, is not something I want to be mostly known for,
OG: Would you like to be recognized as a cosplay artist or sexy model?
TG: I’d prefer to be known more for how accurately I portray characters and how close I can come to the original designs.
OG: Do you feel you always have to improve your cosplay outfit better than the last one?
TG: Each cosplay that I make I try to set a goal of a new technique or new material to learn about in the process.
OG: What’s been your most difficult/expensive outfit ever? Did your cosplay technique become better over the years?
TG: One of the most difficult cosplays I made was my Combat Medic Ziegler Mercy cosplay from Overwatch. This cosplay was the first one that I ever incorporated 3d printing and moving electronic mechanisms. Each wing had to be engineered with a male and female locking connector and plexiglass parts totaling up to 56 individual pieces. This was a big learning curve for me and after each cosplay, my skills improved and were implemented into my next cosplay creations.
OG: Do you make yourself colorful with tattoos and any body piercings?
TG: I have my ears pierced with two piercings on each side but no tattoos.
OG: Are you able to profit from your cosplay or artwork? Or do you suffer like the rest of us? Do you make a good salary doing what you love?
TG: As for my business, I make a very small profit from it each month.
TG: I get my sales mostly through Twitch Subs/ Bits/ Donations, Patreon, Fabric that I have designed and through my Website where I sell Cosplay Blueprints and Prints.
OG: Do you self-motivate yourself or just one work-syndrome we always seem to admit ourselves we have?
TG: I’m definitely a hard worker who doesn’t know how to take a break and can sometimes over-work myself and get physically sick but that’s what it takes to start-up and run a company!
OG: Then I assume that what drives you to create new and interesting cosplay wear?
TG: I specifically make a new cosplay every month for Patreon as well as a Boudoir version of that cosplay. It can be tough at times but it is what I love to do.
OG: Does exercise help keep you from going Critical Mass?
TG: As for staying in shape I have a hard workout routine of walking up and down the stairs to my fridge… I am a bit lazy when it comes to working out but I am constantly moving from always working on projects. I do eat really healthy though and make my own dinner almost every night.
OG: Despite everything going on, what can your fans and our readers see from you in 2020?
TG: For the future of 2020, I really don’t know what conventions I will be doing right now. With the COVID-19 situation, all conventions are either canceled or postponed to a new date but these are not for sure.
OG: Don’t remind me. Nikkon D5000 camera is becoming a table NickNack item.
TG: As for cosplays, I am currently doing my Victorious Janna cosplay from League of Legends as well as Blair from Soul Eater and for even further down the line, you will have to join Patreon to find out. For items coming to my store, I plan on adding more fabric designs to help cosplayers bring to life their favorite characters and
TG: I plan on doing a 2021 cosplay calendar!
OG: STOP! Miracles are real!
OG: What can you offer your wisdom to new and inspiring cosplayers out there?
TG: For anyone new coming into the field of cosplay, I would say just have fun with it! There is no right or wrong way to cosplay. Make what you want to make and don’t let others put you down.
Time we ask Tiffany Gordon cosplay our, “So-Far OutRight Just-Geeky questions!”
OG: If things were different, instead of being a cosplayer, what would you be doing?
TG: Jewelry Designer
OG: Why is everything in Texas always bigger?
TG: Because bigger is better!
OG: Will the Cowboys ever win the Super Bowl?
TG: Haven’t they already won?
OG: What is the official drink that Tiffany Gordon cosplay drinks during the day?
OG: Out of the entire places to visit on this Big Blue Marble, where would Tiffany love to go?
TF: Germany and Japan
OG: Are you licensed to pack heat? What is the firearm of choice for Tiffany?
TG: Walther PPK
OG: What sort of Superpower would you choose to make this world a better place?
TG: I would want to fly
OG: Not to bring this interview down, Any advice you can give to survive this Pandemic happening right now?
TG: Stay inside, practice social distancing and play games!
OG: What is the first thing people notice about you when they meet you for the first time?
TG: My eyes
OG: Are there any warning signs when you are angry at something?
TG: Grump Grump!
OG: Has any fan given you a gift/compliment that brought you to tears?
TG: A painting someone made of me in my Atlantic Mercy cosplay and I also cried from laughing at getting paper towels and popcorn as well.
OG: What fancy-tough car/truck Tiffany Gordon would love to drive like a B.A.(bad-ass) Mother?
TG: My Sherman Tank
OG: Favorite Ice Cream / Tea / Coffee / or Sweet you absolutely love to have right now?
TG: Ice Cream- Mint Chocolate Chip. Coffee- Nope!
OG: What is Tiffany Gordon’s cosplay theme song?
TG: Styx – Mr. Roboto
OG: What Is Your Biggest Pet Peeve?
TG: Playing with gum
OG: If you could sing on stage, in front of a live audience, what song would you sing?
TG: Bohemian Rhapsody
OG: This question often leads to many stare-downs and the sounds of armed guards running toward me. Can I get a hug?
TG: Virtual hug, yes!
OG: Tiffany Gordon, you are off the Hot-Seat and your interview is now into our Collective. Thank you so much for doing this for us. If I could ask you one more question and ask, where can our fans find more about Tiffany Gordon cosplay?
TG: Thank you Outright Geekery for having this wonderful opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with everyone during these trying times. Of course, you can find more of Tiffany Gordon cosplay at these websites. Much Love <3
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