Welcome to another installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will feature horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is and would like to be in a future spotlight, please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com
This weeks feature is someone I have know for a little over a year now. James is the first person I reached out to when I wanted to improve the quality of my cosplay. I found his shop on Etsy and his part 7 caught my attention. As someone who was fairly new the the cosplay community, I asked him many, many questions in which he did take the time to answer them all. Throughout the entire process he kept me updated with progression updates.
Here we are 17 months later and James has made me 3 costumes with the 4th one currently in production which is a rehaul of my part 7. Earlier in the year, James became the official sponsor of South Jersey Jason and we have new things planned for the upcoming months!
What is your first memory of watching a horror movie the 13th movie?
Growing up I watched many horror movies with dad. When I moved out at the age of 17, I got a job in 2001 running a movie rental place. I checked out ALL of the F13th, Nightmare on Elm St., Halloween and Texas Chainsaw VHS’s.
What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
My favorite film of the series is Jason Lives. Its a solid film from start to finish!
What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing, hood, hockey mask etc.? If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
In 2002, after watching all these horror films, I wanted to try my hand at making a part 3 costume. I remember buying a cheapo mask and a cheapo hockey mask. I then “tried” to make them both look like Part 3. I then wanted to scare my folks by showing up as Jason. The real Walmart machete was the only thing scary. I’ve learned just dumping fake blood on your costume isn’t really scary at all! I do costume for myself to be the Jason for Halloween. I haven’t been to a con in a few years but once this silly virus is long gone, I’ll be heading out in my Remake costume. You can see tons of costumes I’ve made over the years not just for myself for for others such as @SouthJerseyJason, Joe Gallow, @Travis13 and many many other Con cosplayers.
How many versions of Jason costumes do you have? Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
I had many versions of the costume but have sold them all.
Do you attend conventions? If so which ones do you attend? Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended? What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
When the guest’s are worth going to see, I go to Motor City Nightmares down the road from me in Novi, Michigan. It’s sweet convention to attend in Michigan. If you are going to cosplay at any event, be sure to look up their guidelines for prop weapons. What’s Jason without his machete? I would recommend getting prop safe weapons from Tim Miller on Dirtknap FX. I had police stop me about my Part 8 fire axe. Their reaction made me feel like I was headed to jail!
What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
If you ever want to try doing a Jason costume or any costume, be sure to hit up how to videos on YouTube. You can learn a lot from watching videos. It will help you understand the price point on materials and other things that you will need to peruse your cosplay idea.
Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
My favorite cosplayer and friend for many years is Jason Baker. He is the reason why J3 Jason Costumes exists! I still go to him for costume questions to this day. You can find his work on
“SD Costumeguy” on YouTube.
Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
You can find me at the following- Facebook and Instagram @J3Costumes and on YouTube