Inkling

Splatoon

  • Status: Active
  • Cost: ~$150
  • Made/bought and worn in 2015 - Present

Me: I don't like multiplayer shooters.
Nintendo: B**** YOU THOUGHT!

Splatoon is the only "shooter" I play with any regularity. (Bye, Overwatch.) And when the game first came out on the Wii U, I knew it'd be a great summer cosplay, so I got the "IKA" (written in stylized hiragana; Japanese for "squid") shirt, bought some shorts and painted the pink stripes on them, and made my own Takoroka mesh hat. It took me about a year and a half to realize the design on the hat is a squid swimming. Heh.

The Splattershot is an old Supersoaker I found online (cheap because it was broken!). I added foam to make the nozzle and the pump part, and painted it the appropriate colors. I was down to the wire on this gun to get in done in time for Otakon 2015, but I managed to finish it the day of in the hotel room.

Later on, I bought an acrylic tube and the 3D-printed ink tank parts from Make Your Mark 3D. I painted the parts of the cannister and assembled it myself. All I have left to do is mount it to my back...

The base wig is from Arda in hot pink. I sewed in short wefts to the back and teased the crap out of it. Then I used got2b spiking gel and freeze hairspray to form the little tentacles at the base of the back of the head. The two long tentacle pieces are made from vinyl stuffed with batting at the bottom. It's incredibly annoying to sew, but it looks fantastic for this purpose.

Photos by Vicissijuice and Jo Bevvy