Greek Beauty: Cosplayer 20Tourniquet02 Interview
Today, Outright Geekery is traveling overseas where the creation of the ancient Olympic Games was first held, the birthplace of Democracy, Arts, home to many ancient Philosophers and Scientists and where our next interviewer comes from. Yes, it is the land of Greece. Beautiful, majestic, glorious and united -each one from their home- as the entire world is all in this together and win against COVID-19. In the meantime, we have for your reading pleasure, an enchanting young, god-like and beautiful cosplayer, by the name of Gina Konstandopoulou, but she’s better known throughout the internet as 20Tourniquet02’s Art & Cosplay (or Tourni Queto). She has a lot of spirits and a lot of love for what she loves to do best and that is crafting and modeling her fabulous cosplay wear. So without hesitation, please give an American warm welcome to Tourni Q.
OG: Hello Tourni. It is so nice to finally meet you and from all of us at Outright Geekery, thank you so much for doing this interview with us.
Tourni: Thank you very much. I am very happy to be here with some wonderful people in America, who want to know more about me and my cosplay artistry. :3
OG: As a new and so to be a time-honored tradition, we at Outright Geekery, would like to offer some words of advice whenever your spirits are down or in need of some motivation. So here goes, “When Life gives you Lemons. Don’t worry. Just freeze them and throw them as hard as possible at the people that are making your life difficult”. Well then, let us begin. Tell us about yourself.
Tourni: I’m 20Tourniquet02’s Art & Cosplay (or Tourni for short), a cosplayer, crafter, props and plushie maker, photographer, editor and digital artist from Greece. I was born in Athens, I’m a proud Aries and my nationality is Greek. I like reading books, online comics and manga, watch series (whether they’re anime series or actual tv series), movies, listen to music, chat with friends, video call –since gathering up in places now is prohibited-, digitally paint portraits, sometimes sing, play with my cat….you know, the usual things everyone likes doing. :3 I don’t have a favorite time of the year, any time can become one’s favorite depending on their mood and the people they pass it with.
OG: What places have you traveled?
Tourni: Virtually, I have traveled all of Europe, America, and Asia. Irl…..haven’t passed the borders of my country yet. >w< But I want to pass them at some point…..and will do, since I owe a few visits to my out-of-country friends who came and visited the past few years. :3
OG: Do you have a nickname friends/family call you?
Tourni: You mean my actual name, which is also a nickname? >.>……Everyone calls me Gina
instead of Tourni….. ^w^
OG: What is your favorite drink?
Tourni: Chocolate, in all forms and combos :3
OG: Sounds delicious!
OG: What sort of child were you growing up?
Tourni: I grew up as an only child and my relatives lived far away. I had to learn how to have fun while playing with plushies or get out with other kids and play in the streets. And that was when I adopted my first cat….Good times…. -w-
OG: What was it like living in Greece?
Tourni: It has been pretty lively until the coronavirus outbreak happened and we all entered quarantine time. People used to be in the streets, hanging out, having fun, being loud, you know, living life. Now, all of it seems like a distant dream.
OG: Were you always that sort of child who absolutely loves to dress up for fun/entertainment?
Tourni: I would dress up when the carnival period would be on. Or when we had theatrical plays at school. Prior to cosplaying, I wouldn’t do it that often.
OG: Would you ever want to leave your country to live someplace else?
Tourni: I love living in Greece, not meaning I wouldn’t like to live somewhere else too. But still, the place you were born and raised has a unique vibe for everyone.
OG: How do the girls in Greece grow up to do cosplay?
Tourni: There are many ways. One of them is via friends and/or classmates who are into cosplay. Another is via people with whom you share mutual hobbies and also happen to be into cosplay. Others are via groups of people that “push” young girls to become cosplayers for the sake of seeing their anime or game character Waifus in front of them, some use them to promote mostly gaming events or just make them cosplay in general for the sake of getting more cosplayers and attendees in their events.
OG: How did you get started in cosplay?
Tourni: At first, I saw it on DeviantArt and thought it was something a selected few would do. So I crafted my first cosplay costume which I wore only during the carnival session that year (it was back when I was still in middle school). I asked a friend of mine to get a few photos of it. Later on, I decided to craft it from scratch again and make it an actual cosplay, not just a fan-made costume. That was when I learned about cosplay from a group of drawing/painting artists I was part of at the time. I was also informed that there were even cosplay events being held in the city.I was unlucky in participating in the first event during the carnival period, since I got sick at that time, but managed to attend another one, 6-7 months later in 2014 and also win my first cosplay competition by getting 1st place. :3
OG: How challenging or difficult was it for you during your 1st cosplay?
Tourni: Well, everyone’s first time can be quite challenging. It took me 2 weeks to craft my very first cosplay and another week later to adjust a few more details. But I was really happy when it was finally completed. And performing in front of people in the first cosplay event I attended, had me a bit nervous, but in the end, it turned out well. There was a cosplay competition I participated in and even managed to get the 1st place.:3
OG: What was your first cosplay outfit?
Tourni: Dark Magician Girl from Yu-Gi-Oh :3
OG: Knowing little about Greek commerce, is the materials for cosplaying difficult to attain?
Tourni: It all comes down to what kind of cosplay you’re into doing. Is it with materials that can be easily found? How expensive can they be? Do they consist of parts that can only be ordered online and cannot be found in local stores? How much can one save up in order to gather all the materials they need in order to cosplay the character they’ve chosen to? Do they need something really easy and fast or do they want something more complicated and elaborate? In the end, it all comes down to each individual’s choices and tastes. :3 All of my cosplays, are hand-crafted by me and I’m proud of how they all turned out. :3
OG: Is being a cosplayer widely accepted in Greece?
Tourni: Even within the community there are contradictions whether it’s fully accepted or not. If we’re talking outside the cosplay/anime/gaming community, then no. It’s not yet widely accepted.
OG: The photo shoots must absolutely be amazing to shoot, but do you suffer a lot when there’s bad weather?
Tourni: Who doesn’t suffer being in costume when it is bad weather? >w< But, there’s a Greek saying about it, “What’s a pain in front of good looks?” which is a Greek idiom for someone who wouldn’t give a damn for anything, even pain itself, if it’s for looking good on something and being beautiful. In greek, it’s «Μπρος τα κάλλη, τι είναι ο πόνος;»
OG: Where do you keep them and do you sell/donate them?
Tourni: I keep them all in my place. I am not going to donate or sell them. I have spent countless hours crafting them, let alone sacrificing other important things like going out with friends, spending time with family and loved ones, money, and stuff that. I don’t think donating or selling them would do them justice.
Tourni: Besides, they’re made according to my own body’s measurements and the amount of money I would charge them would be astronomical to pay for if I were to include the cost of the materials used and the number of hours I’ve spent crafting them. So, it’s a nope. If anyone’s interested, they can commission me to craft the outfit for their own body measurements.
OG: As a beautiful woman, does the shape of a woman determine what sort of characters she should do?
Tourni: The type of characters one should rely solely on what they want to do. It isn’t limited to what their body looks like. Of course, it has to do with how strict one should be with themselves and how accurate they want the final outcome to be, but these criteria are personal for each. It’s entirely up to each cosplayer to decide.
OG: What really attracts your attention to decide what sort of cosplay character to portray?
Tourni: Anything that requires lots of craftsmanship to create their outfit is a good way to go. But most importantly, it’s the character’s background story and personality. That’s the first thing that will catch my attention. The outfit comes right after.:3
OG: Does your fuel for cosplay artistry sometimes offer more than a challenge for you?
Tourni: I love characters that pose a crafting challenge for me. Experimenting with different crafting methods, using new techniques and materials, making new patterns, it’s more than enough to excite the crafter in me. Thus why I always pay attention to the detail of each cosplay outfit I create.
OG: Out of all your cosplay wear, Liliana of the Veil is our favorite. Tell us more about it?
Tourni: The first time I came to know about Liliana was back in 2017 when I got into crafting and cosplaying Liliana, Death’s Majesty for a local pre-release event. That’s when I had to dive into all the Magic: The Gathering stories involving the character -which is something I consider a crucial step to decide whether to cosplay a character or not- and upon doing so, I spotted Liliana of the Veil. That’s when I decided to make it my next cosplay and crafting challenge. The character’s interesting personality and background were what made me accept the challenge of cosplaying her, but if it weren’t for laying my eyes upon those two artworks, Liliana- Death’s Majesty by Chris Rallis and Liliana of the Veil by Steve Argyle,
Tourni: I don’t think I would have gone as far as to cosplay both of these versions. Regarding Liliana of the Veil, the complexity of the outfit is what caught my interest –especially in the Liliana of the Veil -Extras version by Steve Argyle– urging me to experiment on and craft it. It took me more than 6 months to gather the materials and craft it as well as a lot of money for the materials themselves. Because accuracy comes at a price, you need certain fabrics, certain gems, certain colors, and certain chains as well as everything else. But once assembled, it feels comfortable to wear and it feels empowering. It’s like wearing a second skin. I enjoy it and do not regret crafting it, even if the world was against me doing it back then.
OG: Do you also use makeup to bring the character to come to life?
Tourni: Every character in cosplay needs makeup to be used for it to come to life. Or else, it’s just the regular you wearing a costume. No matter how close the resemblance between you and the character you cosplay is, using make up for it is a must. It’s part of the cosplay and the costume itself.
OG: Are you proud of your work or do you criticize yourself?
Tourni: Every artist is prone to criticize their artworks, for if they don’t, they cannot improve themselves, their skills and their craft. And I am no different. There is part of my work I am proud of and part of it that I think needs to be worked on more and get updated.
OG: As a cosplayer, is it difficult to be in a relationship with someone?
Tourni: Being in a relationship is something personal and should not be mixed in with what an artist creates. After all, each crafter/cosplayer/artist has been admired and followed for the work they produce, not for their personal life choices and affairs.
OG: Should female cosplayers do Lewd or Boudoir photos?
Tourni: It is entirely up to each cosplayer to choose what they want to do and what do they feel comfortable doing. If they love it and feel comfortable with it, I don’t see any reason to be against that decision. However, if it’s being forced on them by others and they do not enjoy it themselves, while they see it as an obligation and chore, and being against their own choices/policies, then by all means no.
OG: Would you consider doing Lewd photos to sell to fans?
Tourni: I wouldn’t consider it. The internet is full of others that enjoy selling Lewds, and that’s fine, but the only thing I sell is crafted goods and digital painting commissions for those interested in supporting me. I like art, crafting and cosplaying as well as digital painting and will stick to those.
OG: How do you feel about Dark or Gothic cosplay?
Tourni: Dark/Gothic cosplay is very interesting with many inspirational paths to choose from and craft. I consider doing it myself from time to time.
OG: Who decides what sort of cosplay character you should do? You or your fans?
Tourni: Anything a cosplayer does is being decided by the cosplayer. The fans are free to make suggestions, but each cosplayer has their own thing they want to do and represent. In my case, I have the final say in which character I’ll cosplay, but the fans are free to make suggestions. It all comes down to whether I might pick up in any of the suggestions or go with my own plans. :3
OG: Are you able to profit from your artwork?
Tourni: Once in a blue moon…….and at this point, it doesn’t even count as profit. XD
OG: I hear you love to sing?
Tourni: I do, but where did you hear that? >.>…….<.<……..>w<
OG: What’s your favorite song you love to sing?
Tourni: Depends on the mood…..even if sometimes classic songs are stuck in your head and you can’t help yourself but sing them……like The Bard’s song, Oceansoul, My Immortal, Bring me to Life, Going Under, Imaginary, Nemo, Valhalla, Ghost Love Score, A Voice in the Dark, And then there was Silence, Mirror Mirror, Memories, Cry for the Moon…and the list goes on…you know, the usual. :3
OG: Are fellow cosplayers, in your country, very supportive of one another?
Tourni: Depends……some are supportive, while others aren’t and choose to be very antagonistic.
OG: Being someone who is always in the public eye, do you workout?
Tourni: Whenever I decide to workout, I do it because I want to keep a healthy body. And workout improves the way you move, the way you stand, how your whole body works inside-out.
OG: How do your fans treat you?
Tourni: On the internet, they treat me with reactions, comments and sometimes shares and messages. Irl….depends, sometimes they greet me, others they ask for a photo, others they’re surprised….there’s a variety of ways to be treated. :3
OG: Was there ever a strange photo request from a fan?
Tourni: Well…….yep. More than once and from different fans.
OG: Do you have more men or more women as fans?
Tourni: On my Facebook page they appear to be slightly more men than women, IRL though I think they’re…kind of on the same scale. :3
OG: How have you been keeping busy?
Tourni: With crafting, photo-shooting, editing, digital painting, e-classes, watching live streams, shows and series (anime and not), reading books, mangas, comics, anything that can be found online, singing, listening to music, workout, chatting with friends and video calling, playing with my cat…….all these everyday things. :3
OG: What do you miss the most since being stuck at home?
Tourni: I do miss going out without wearing a mask and gloves. Breathing the air that is now cleaner than ever before. I do miss going out to the park just for a walk, meeting up with friends, but I’ll live without them for a while if I want to live in the future and bring them all with me. :3
OG: How did you come up with your cosplayer name 20Tourniquet02?
Tourni: Well, my very first username was Tourniquet in the YGOTAS forum platform –which was the very first place I made an online account on- so I based everything on that first username which originated from Evanescence’s song, Tourniquet –a favorite of mine-. The 20…02 is just because I like the number 2.
OG: What’s in store for 20Tourniquet02’s Art & Cosplay cosplay for 2020?
Tourni: That’s a secret! :3 Wait and see!!!
OG: If you never became a cosplayer, what sort of passion artistry would you do?
Tourni: If I’d never become a cosplayer, I’d still be digitally painting, possibly spending more time singing and playing the keyboard or even writing stories and attempting to paint certain scenes from them! –that’s something I tried in the past, but cosplay came in and I’ve left it hanging- >w<
OG: What sort of wisdom can you offer new and inspiring cosplayers?
Tourni: Cosplay because you enjoy doing it, not for the trend of it, and not to impress others. Do Characters you love and want to pay tribute to. Not characters that are simply trending. Do not feel like you’re obligated to make certain achievements or changes because of negative comments you might receive from strangers, whether on the internet or IRL in cons. Do not compare yourself to other cosplayers. Cosplay is a hobby. It’s not something to get points for unless you’re entering a cosplay competition. Still, always have fun and use it as yet another creative outlet for coping with today’s stress. :3
It’s time to ask Tourni Queto our, “So-Far OutRight Just-Geekery questions!”
OG: When Tourni sleeps at night, does she dream of wearing ordinary clothes?
Tourni: When Tourni sleeps at night, she’s having really weird dreams and the type of clothes she wears is the least of her worries. :3
OG: Is there a myth or legendary story about the women of Greece you would like to straighten for the record?
Tourni: We’re mysterious creatures. OwO
OG: What sort of Spirit Animal you would love to have to guide you through life?
Tourni: A cat. It’s fluffy, cuddly, playful, clever, lovely, with wide eyes, small and sometimes it knows more than what you think. :3
OG: In Greece, who is more dominant in their personality, the men or the women?
Tourni: It all comes down to people. Sometimes it’s the women, other times it’s the men. There is no clear outcome unless they’re married. Then the woman usually gets the last laugh. :3
OG: Knowing you love to draw, what celebrity male/female would you sketch naked?
Tourni: I wouldn’t sketch any celebrity naked. :3
OG: If we were to visit Tourni Q., what places would you show us?
Tourni: Like a typical Greek who lives in Athens, I’d get you to the Acropolis, then to Plaka, then to Monastiraki and after all the touring, I’d get you to a beach before the sun would set to drink coffee and have souvlaki and anything else you’d want to try out from the Greek cuisine. :3 -And of course, stay up until after midnight, wake up at noon the next day, it’s part of the ritual-. :3
Tourni: It’d be interesting to listen to chewing out loud….while I don’t think I’d like to listen to burping out loud…… :3
OG: If Tourni Q, could go back in time and meeting someone famous, who would it be?
Tourni: I cannot limit myself to only one person, I’d like to be moving between the ages and meet all the great people of old…..mostly those who lived B.C.. :3
OG: Star Trek, Dr. Who, or Star Wars? What is your favorite sci-fi?
Tourni: Ergo Proxy. Fight me. :3
OG: Does Tourni Q. own a Mamma Mia tee-shirt or soundtrack?
Tourni: Nope, I do not. :3
OG: How would we know if Tourni Q. is absolutely angry about something?
Tourni: That’s one of the most obvious things. Ever seen an angry chicken or angry kitten? Well….. nothing like that. :3
OG: Is Tourni soul like a Dark and Twisted cavern of rooms one should never explore or is her soul like an open book to look into and enjoy?
Tourni: Tournai’s soul is a mystery, just like every other soul in existence. It’s up to her to make it a Dark and Twisted cavern of rooms one should never explore or make it an open book to look into. It depends on who’s trying to get into it. :3
OG: What sort of gift, from your fans, would absolutely make you cry?
Tourni: Cry from joy??? I still don’t know……..but receiving something I don’t have in my cards or figure collection or something special would possibly make me cry tears of joy. :3 As well as getting a check for a million euros. :3
OG: Do Greek daughters grow up to be like their Greek mother or Geek father?
Tourni: It clearly depends on whom they have a soft spot for. In appearance, most of them take after their father, while in personality, it is claimed that they take up after their mother. :3
OG: What is a Typical Day in Greece?
Tourni: Similar to every other country, depending on what you’re up to. Usually, it’s working during weekdays and on your time/day off going out with friends/family for a coffee or to watch a movie or to eat outside. For others, it’s gaming night. :3
OG: What would you, Tourni, do to punish those who cough on people, ignore the 6ft distance policy, and especially those who lick the grocery items at supermarkets to get them free of charge?
Tourni: Do people lick the grocery items at supermarkets? In which country do they do that? >.> Here they do not. The only thing that they do is just rush in once they get the ticket. For those who cough on others, a fee to pay and if they keep it up and won’t wear a mask, ban them from entering again. For those who ignore the 6ft distance 3 times yelling at them and on the 4th a fee to pay. For those licking the grocery items, a few kicks, permanent ban from entering the supermarket and have them sign their name somewhere along with their picture taken, so that we know it’s them.
OG: You have been selected by the country of Greece to host a Celebrity Hot Tub television special. What 5 celebrity guests would you have in your hot tub special?
Tourni: I’d choose the top celebrities……. Like Trifonas Samaras, Lakis Gavalas, Hlias Psinakis, Nikos Moutsinas and possibly…..Christopher Papakaliatis. I believe all 5 of them combined would make a really interesting debate without anyone butting in……. :3
OG: What would be the 1 wish you could have right now?
Tourni: If I say it out loud it wouldn’t be a wish anymore, would it? Besides, one should be careful what they wish for….. :3
OG: Do you own a copy of the movie, My Fat Greek Wedding?
Tourni: Nope….I do not, but I have watched the movie :3
OG: What is the first thing that people notice when they meet Tourni Q. for the first time?
Tourni: I am not sure. They’re usually surprised and I don’t know why…….. :O
OG: What is LOVE?
Tourni: Living On Virtues Effortlessly.
OG: Name a song that will always bring people attention to know you are in the room?
Tourni: Hmm……tough question……..but a loud Valhalla would do the trick :3
OG: This question often gets mixed answers: Can I get a Hug?
Tourni: Yep, everyone gets a virtual hug and a head pat! :3
OG: Thank you so much Tourni for that interview, it’s in Tha Books. We really appreciate you telling your side of your story. If we could ask one more questions where can our reader find more of Tourni Q.?
Tourni: Thank you guys again, I really appreciate it. Here are all of my website links for your readers. Come and hit that like/follow/subscribe button for more updates! 😉
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