Meet a Cosplayer: Tracie AKA Kikala

Tracie is one of the first cosplayers I ever followed on Deviantart back around 2007. I had just gotten into the hobby and I found her Naruto and Peter Petrelli cosplays on there and loved them. I didn’t even realize until I saw her at A-kon—and embarrassingly yelled “OMG IT’S KIKALA” while she was in the middle of a photo shoot—that she also lived in Texas.

Ever since then, we’ve seen each other at a handful of other Texas cons. I’ve never had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with her but I imagine it would’ve been a lot of fun. (I failed to complete my Stocking cosplay that one time we had both separately and simultaneously planned to cosplay Stocking. She of course finished hers and it was awesome.) Tracie is super talented, works on commissions, and has a super adorable corgi named Tesla. That last part isn’t cosplay-related at all, but I just love corgis.


Tracie

Age: 28

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Current city: Dallas, TX

Q: How long have you’ve been cosplaying?

A: Since 2004 so 12 years

Q: What was your first ever cosplay and how old were you?

A: I believe my first one was girl type Ranma, but I don’t usually like to really count that because I only made the pants and didn’t even bother trying to style a wig (I seriously had a long red wig and that was all I did). BUT I was 16? I believe. It was back when really the only place to get wigs online was on cosplay.com or amphigory. The first one I really fully made on my own was Kakashi from Naruto.

Q: What was the first con you ever attended?

A: A-kon in 2003. I made a costume for the character I made up (I guess an Inuyasha OC. Basically she was a wolf demon AKA werewolf. Her name? Kikala 😀 )

Q: Who or what introduced you to cosplay?

A: I made a couple of friends in my Freshman year of high school who I went to a birthday party with and was then introduced to anime. They then told me about an anime convention, so I basically had to beg my parents to let me go. It was great. I didn’t know what cosplay really was at the time, until I went. Had I known about making costumes from anime I enjoyed, that just blew my mind!

Q: What is your favorite cosplay you’ve ever made?

A: Probably Gaige from Borderlands 2 because of the amazing borderfam that came with it! I’ve met some of the kindest, most inspiring people from that fandom and they just make me want to cosplay more from Borderlands every day!

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Q: What cosplay was the most difficult to make? What new techniques did you learn from it?

A: This one is always a tough one for me, but probably Elly from Xenogears. Up until this point back when I made this maybe five or six years ago, I had almost exclusively crossplayed or never really made very many form fitting costumes. I discovered mock-ups and how much making one will help SO MUCH. Ever since I’ve made this, if I knew I’d need it to be form fitting without the stretch, I would always make a mockup. It makes the end product so much easier, and you don’t waste as much of the nice fabric because there’s less screw ups!

14203316_1130738766993567_4197671994457900166_nQ: What cosplays are you currently working on? When will you be debuting it/them?

A: I have most of Ciri from the Witcher 3 done and actually wore her at Dragon con this past weekend but I’m still working on her. The next one I’ll really be working on is Tracer from Overwatch. I’m incredibly pumped to work on her and hope to have her done by PAX south along with Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn

Q: What’s your one dream cosplay if budget/time/skill weren’t an issue?

A: This is a constantly changing question. I think though, one that always comes back to mind is Leliana from Dragon Age, but the Sacred Ashes trailer version. I also want to try my hand again at making a mascot and try to get a Stitch mascot made!

Q: What do you like/dislike about the cosplay community?

A: I love how helpful certain fandoms can be. For example, the borderlands fandom (my borderfam) is so supportive and super helpful. If you ever have any questions or want feedback on a costume they always have a polite response and are usually incredibly helpful! Though, the opposite can be said about certain other fandoms. Some are so rude in their want to be the best of the best that anything less then perfect isn’t even worthy of their eyes, basically. It’s exhausting sometimes how rude people can be towards others who are just looking to have a good time and maybe would like some help.

Q: Who are your cosplay idols?

A: I don’t usually like to idolize cosplayers, since they’re typically people who are just looking to have a good time, but I do have cosplayers that I definitely look up to! Pikminlink, Amazonmandy, and Quantum Destiny.

Q: Have you entered any contests? If so, how did you do? Would you do it again?

A: I have entered quite a few contests in the past, but not very recently. I’ve won a few judges awards with walk-ons and I’ve been in a couple skits with Twinzik and those are always such fun. Honestly, I’d love to enter a contest again, if I made something that I thought my craftsmanship would be good enough. I’ve been working so hard on commissions that when it comes to my own things I do take quite a few shortcuts. I have judged two hall cosplay contests at Anime Matsuri before the cosplay head was changed! I had a lot of fun doing that.

Q: When you’re not working on a cosplay, what do you do with your free time?

A: Play video games and watch videos. I’m currently in a D&D campaign, my first go! I’m always so excited to get to it.

Q: If you could give one tip to new cosplayers, what would it be?

A: Don’t be afraid to try something new, and don’t be afraid to ask for help! The only way to learn is to try it, and sometimes help is just what you need to make your Goku wig go from flat to perfect!


If you want to follow Tracie’s work, check out all her different pages!

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