Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2009
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2009
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2009
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2009

This costume is inspired by warrior aesthetics from multiple cultures including the Lakota Sioux, the Zulu, and Japanese ninjas. I combined elements from each and interpreted them with post industrial materials (mostly plastic). I imagined a post apocalyptic world where tribal warriors dress adorn themselves with industrial materials that are no longer manufactured, yet more available than their organic counterparts.

Bought: 20 feet of clear vinyl tubing ($5), 500 purple zip ties ($30 for bag of 1000), one yard of purple shirting fabric ($10). Already owned: black turtleneck, black jeans, black Fessura shoes, one coat hanger, steel wire, scissors.

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Halloween Costumes
Halloween Rules
1. Make it yourself.
This is the best way to be original. A store bought costume is better than no costume, but you can do better than that!
2. Use your whole body.
If you wear your usual clothes and throw on a mask, is that really a costume? Go from head to toe.
3. Keep it cheap.
Anybody can spend a zillion dollars on a costume and look cool. The real challenge is making it happen on a budget.
4. Don’t rely on recognition.
Do not dress as a celebrity or a movie character. Standard characters like vampires are off-limits, too.
5. Don’t rely on sex.
Don’t get me wrong – being sexy is great and all. Just don’t rely on it to make your costume work.
6. Don’t rely on horror.
Sure, blood and guts are a Halloween tradition, but don’t feel limited. Take advantage of the day you can wear anything!

Do you make Halloween costumes that follow these rules? If so, contact me.