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TylerTouchdown
Rule #5-Always trust Tyler
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United States
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Current Residence: Nowhere, Oklahoma.

Relationship status: Single.

Hello there. I'm Tyler. Cosplayer, stage actor, gamer, artist, and con goer.

I've been making costumes pretty much my whole life. I'm mainly started making some for Halloween and plays. Then I wanted to look outside of that. One day a friend of suggested trying to go to conventions. This same friend had an art booth for A-kon 2009 in Dallas. I thought I should try since I'm also a gamer and anime fan. I was already done with college at that point and had really else to focus on. I went along to help him out and I came dressed as Travis Touchdown from "No More Heroes", which is how I ended up with my name. That cosplay turned out to be a big hit with people and I've been addicted to going to conventions ever since.

I've been doing 2 to 4 conventions a year between Oklahoma and Texas and making a new cosplay for each one. I have made lots of friends doing this and have had so much fun. I did this to make friends and take a vacation away from myself. And being an actor in stage theatre, I also used this as a way to satisfy my craving to do more acting work. I do consider cosplay to be a form of method acting after all. It has occurred to me that most people aren't aware I've done more than just one cosplay. I do have more tricks up my sleeve. This page is meant to show people what I have done over the past few years and where I'm going. I have recently become burned out from convention jumping though. So I'll be going at a much slower pace. I was thinking of retirement at first, but I still have a few years left in me. So let's see how it plays out.

I'm always interested in meeting new people and doing pair ups at conventions and I am pretty laid back most of the time. I don't claim to be anybody special. I am ego-free, I'm not over-competative, and I never hope to become famous. If you have an interest in what I do, feel free to like and comment. If you want to be critical about my cosplay, go ahead. I do listen to feedback. Most of the time, what you see is what you get from me. Any support I get, no matter how little, is very much appreciated.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TylerTouchdow…
youtube: www.youtube.com/user/sparrowsa…
ScrewAttack: www.screwattack.com/user/tyler…
SocialCos: www.socialcos.com/profile/Tyle…

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Hello, my Lovelies. 

I apologize for the lack of updates on here since I have been more focused on my FB page. I am making this same post on there as well and I decided to the same here for people who still haven't gotten on the Facebook train yet.

I am currently preparing for ScrewAttack Gaming Convention. This is my favorite convention overall. My cosplay lineup includes three repeats and a new one. The repeats are Leon from "Resident Evil", Cole from "inFAMOUS", and Bunroku (Ninja Kyle) from "South Park". The new one will be Strider Hiryu. I have planned him for years and it is time to follow through. Expect progress shots in the following weeks.

What I am very happy about SGC is the fact I won't be doing any of these alone for once. This is going to be the first time I have ever had partners with every single character I bring. That has never happened before. Once this con is over, I will have a costume event to attend in Tulsa during August. 

After that, I am taking a short hiatus. For the first time, I am passing over AnimeFest. I regret to inform people this since I have been going to that one five years in a row and I always enjoyed it. I also still can't make a few I have wanted to for some time like DragonCon. That will happen one year though. I was also trying for BGS in Brazil this year since I wanted to try and have the international experience for once. I sadly can’t do so now due to lack of funds. I did have my head very set on it this year, but I can’t make it work now. That trip will happen next year for sure. I'll be going back to Izumicon again and I might try Ikki-Con for once. We'll see what happens. 

 

Either way after SGC, I want to focus on other things in life for a bit. I have a few personal things to sort out. It is getting taken care of and life has been looking up more than ever. I was in a dark place a few years ago, but recent times have been much better for me. I have done more traveling than I ever did before and met people I never would have thought I would. I have gained more friends than I have ever had before and lots of support I never would have thought possible. Sometimes at conventions, I hear from others I am a really popular. To be honest, fame really doesn’t mean anything to me. I have spent years training myself to be a selfless and humble person and to simply be grateful for what I got. I sadly have seen lots of people in the cosplay world change in the past few years to the point where it is all a popularity contest to them. It actually breaks my heart to see such a thing and I will never be like that. I never want success to go to my head to where I am pretty much acting like a diva. I swear to myself that will never happen. I also have become tired of the mainstream attention it has gotten over the years where it seems to now be about current fads. Some state it is no longer about the craftsmanship, but about how many likes you have on social networks. That is not the way it should be. For this guy, it won't be. Cosplay will never be for money or fame for me. It's empty baggage. Most people go insane trying so hard to get that.

So why do I cosplay? 

Four big reasons.

1. Acting. I am a classically trained stage actor. I have been in many plays in the past 10 years.  I take the same approach to with this. Besides making myself look like another character, I always spend time looking at references of these characters in all forms of media and studying their mannerisms. For me, creating and being these characters are the roles of a lifetime.

2. For memories. I do this to simply say I did it. I will admit I have had a few bad experiences with this due to drama. It does suck, but it happens to all of us. We all take a beating now and then. We just got to keep going. Thankfully, good memories outweigh the bad ones. The more recent ventures I gone on have brought some of the best memories I have had with this. In my local community, which is pretty small, I have lots of people around come over to me saying I have some of the best stories to tell. This is also something to look forward to. I love being a storyteller and I always manage to tell some of my best ones from this.

3. Friends. The truth is I didn't have many friends prior to this. I was always a shut-in due to living in small areas with no one to relate to and I use to suffer from social anxiety. Being in plays helped me fight that off a little, but not much. When I started cosplaying at conventions in 2009, it felt overwhelming at first. Then I started socializing more and finding lots of people I can relate to. In the past six years, I have gained more friends than I ever had and I am so grateful to actually become friends with nice, cool, supportive, and talented people. I love traveling simply for the chance to see all of them again. My friend’s pages are tagged in this and I thank you guys for sticking with me through thick and thin and for helping me become better than I ever was. Anybody who reads this, check out the pages from my friends and please support them like you have done so for me

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4. The big reason. Fun. I mainly do this for my own personal amusement. I will never view cosplaying as a career path. I like to think I am better than that. This is supposed to be for the fun factor. The day it no longer becomes fun is the day I stop. It’s as simple as that. 

Well, this is all I have to say for now. I have got to get back to focusing on my outfits for SGC. If anybody is attending, feel free to say hello to me there.

Thank you all for the support you have given me and take care of yourselves, my Lovelies.

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Working for a Nuclear Free City
  • Reading: The Last of the Mohicans
  • Watching: Black Rain
  • Playing: Strider
  • Eating: Fish and Rice
  • Drinking: Peace Tea

I'm gonna do more Leon cosplay. What do you think I should do first? 

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3 deviants said Jacket Outfit from "Resident Evil 6".
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noborux Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Man am I super late, but happy birthday!  hope it was a good one!
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TylerTouchdown Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Much obliged

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Hamm-Sammich Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday Tyler!!! :happybounce: Party Fun cake 
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TylerTouchdown Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Much appreciated Hammie. :D
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Hamm-Sammich Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No problemo! Hope it was a good one!
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BlackPatchouly Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013   General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav: :hug:
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TylerTouchdown Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Think nothing of it. ;)
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BlackPatchouly Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013   General Artist
:hug:
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FumiDeeCat Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the fave on "No More Bumble Bees"! <3
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TylerTouchdown Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome. I love supporting NMH fandom.
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