Interview with Cosplayer and B-Boy T-Stunning Spidey
T-Stunning Spidey, a Baltimore native, has been a breakdancer and a Spider-Man fan for a long time. He has been a cosplayer since 2012, as he was inspired by the film the Amazing Spider-Man. I met him at Kraken Con 2016, and I could tell he is passionate, so I had to get an interview with him. You’ll see from his pictures, that being a b-boy helps in achieving that signature Spiderman look.
How long have you been a cosplayer?
I’ve been cosplaying since 2012 (when The Amazing Spider-Man first came out) what originally prompted me to be involved in the culture. But I’ve made silly videos and dressed up since as long as I can remember.
Who or what inspired you to start cosplaying?
I was always a comic fan since a young age and always enjoyed dressing up. In regards to the cosplay community, I had numerous people I looked up to when I started taking this art form seriously. Guys such as Zack Santiago, Ryan Turney, Blake Barrett, Brad McDowall, Zach Luna, Tim Hurles and more. Even my peers nowadays keep me motivated and inspired like Luc Luzzo, Harry Carpenter, Arsenio Garcia, Zach Bravo, Billy Morris and more. There are so many talented Cosplayers out there.
What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying?
I’m a B-boy (Breakdancer) that is involved in the dance group “Krewski”. We also make viral skit-comedy videos as well. I enjoy working out, dancing, running, acrobatic training. I also enjoy video editing and much more.
What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
None really I’ve tried to bring all my Spidey cosplays to life as best as possible using my dancing and acrobatic skills as well as utilizing the character and personality or Spidey when I’m in the suit. I make it easy for kids and adults to suspend disbelief a bit when dealing with me in cosplay for sure. I’m lucky to be a model and ambassador for The RPC Studio which have provided me with all my cosplay attires over the last year.
What has your experience been as a female/male cosplayer of color? Has that ever been a factor in your career?
Early on it had. Especially when portraying the Caucasian Peter Parker but I had gotten over the comments and just did me and it’s been translating well. At this point, people rarely comment on my color and appreciate my portrayal in the suit more than anything. I’m fortunate and humbled I have inspired so many people over these years of cosplaying and gave beginner cosplayers of color hope to not be judged.
What do you think of the state of cosplay fandom right now? How do you think it can be better?
It’s definitely thriving but also full of a lot of elitism and jealousy. But it’s like that in all popular fandoms. So as long as people keep good company and make sure they are having fun it’ll continue to be a great culture.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplay?
The best advice I can give is to be yourself and try to make sure you have as much fun as possible. Don’t seek fame and don’t seek popularity just be true to yourself and people will see that. There will be haters and negative people but try to not let that deter you from your passions and lifestyle. The good usually always outweighs the bad at the end of the day.
Do you get to travel the country to different conventions? What show can fans expect to see you at next?
I’ve traveled to cons along the east coast. From New York, New Jersey, Virgina, Pennsylvania and more. I’m definitely hoping to travel further and see more of what’s out there. I’m always rocking new Spidey cosplays ever other month or so courtesy of The RPC studio!