it's not costumes but i'm okay with this

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So iheartpkmn is currently working on a cosplay of my black suit human!Bill, and even though it’s still in progress it’s already gorgeous and I’m bad with words so I made this instead! I tried to mix my original design and your current costume and it looks fancy af I love it

I never had a problem with cosplay pictures (at least mine) behing used in a graphic, even if uncredited, but what I saw today really made me draw the line.

It’s NOT OKAY to take a cosplayer’s picture and replace their face with someone else’s for your fancast/aesthetic/whatever.

We put month’s worth of work in our costumes so erasing the person behind that work is a really shitty thing to do (regardless if you credit or not and if you ask for permission or not. And damn, you gotta have some guts to go up to someone and ask them if you can photoshop some actor’s face on their own because you don’t think they look enough like the character or whatever).

I see 100000 posts about not reposting and editing art out of respect to the artist but I never see such posts when it comes to cosplay photography. When a cosplayer posts a cosplay picture, they’re not just posting a picture of themselves to show their pretty face, it is by all means a fanart. It’s not a fucking selfie, it’s the result of hard work both on their and the photographer’s part.

So, if you are not okay with people editing or reposting art (often without credits), you should be against it when it comes to cosplay too. Because, let me tell you, it happens A LOT, a lot more than it happens with art too, and nobody beats an eye.

My thought process right about now
  • Logical brain: You're going to the Disneyland Halloween party with a group. They already have a theme. You can definitely find a costume to work with the theme.
  • Dork brain: Cosplay as Locus! Take Locus at Disneyland pictures! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO
  • Logical brain: ...okay she's got a point.
  • Me: Well, fuck.

Okay, so - I have seen at least one person comment about this particular costume that Dan’s wearing in this photo that was posted to NSP’s Instagram and say that it looked like a concentration camp uniform.

I did want to point out to some folks that - just in case you weren’t aware - Dan is actually super Jewish, himself, and no one would be more aware of a costume looking like a concentration camp uniform than he would. If he took one look at the thing and saw it as a concentration camp costume, he wouldn’t have agreed to wear it - it’s that simple.

Also, please bear in mind that Table Flip has had people wear period costumes from the very beginning - which, in the case of the costume Dan’s wearing - this is a legitimate period costume which suits the ‘old-fashioned’ style of the show.

In this case, Dan’s wearing what is a close approximation of a men’s bathing suit from the early 1900s.  Paired with the straw hat (which would also be period accurate for holiday-going men back then) and sunglasses (significantly less period accurate but still gives you the ‘holiday/beachy’ feel), the costume makes even more sense. 

Also, the Star of David seen here on Danny’s suit is not a badge like those worn by concentration camp prisoners - those would typically be gold/yellow, have no backing to them and would be sewn straight onto a prisoner’s uniform over the left breast/heart, not in the center of the chest as with the star here. This isn’t a concentration camp badge, it’s Danny Sexbang’s logo, which is a red Star of David on a white circular background, just like the one we see on his hero costume.

So - gathering all this info together, what we come up with is - 

This ^

is a modern-day take on this:

Which is essentially a slightly more modest (but only slightly!) old-timey version of this:

Make sense?  I sure do hope so!

In short: if Dan had a problem with the costume, he wouldn’t have worn it, but just looking at how I’ve laid things out here, I think it might help people to understand why he is apparently okay with wearing it on the show.