As those of you who follow us on the Book of Face already know, gridlore
and I went and saw Iron Maiden at the Oakland Coliseum Arena Wednesday night (yes, Oracle, I know, I'm a purist). Opening for them was Ghost
, a doom-metal band out of Sweden.
I fell in love with their theatricality almost immediately.
Somewhere in the midst of all of this I got it into my head to cosplay their frontman, Papa Emeritus* - or rather, to cosplay as Mama
Emeritus, as I'm never going to be able to hide my chest, no matter how shapeless a costume you put me into. I found some amazing reference photos
from an eBay listing (including a photo of the costume maker with the band, showing just how
good the recreation was). I even found an EtsyStudio listing for a brocade
in the same pattern as Papa's chasuble, only worked in black-and-purple instead of black-on-black to make it a little more me. I'm also planning to add bright purple lipstick to the facepaint to highlight the feminine aspect.
What the fuck sort of monster have I become?!* Officially, the band remain anonymous, though a recent lawsuit has pierced that veil.