Where did you grow up?
"I was born in Portland, OR- spent the first 6 years of this weird life thing there- then shuffled over to North Idaho (after a terrifying stop in Hermiston, OR for a half of a year). Anyway- I've been in the Coeur d'Alene area since then (excluding my college adventures)."
One of the Cosplays your known for is princess peach how long did it take you to make its super detailed.
"I've been through trials with that one- it was first loosely based on a Rococo theme, and had fancy brocade and what have you- that was my first run in it- the wig drooping sadly in those earlier years- second run I had mastered my wig flips and got a poofier backside. Now I have a different dress- simpler yet bigger- based on her Brawl Dress. Made by a friend wanting to be Daisy with me. I've been working with that one for a while now- fixing it up when need be, the broach getting a face lift every year- and I'm two petticoats in with this thing, so- it's heavy and awkward, and bathrooms are my most feared enemy during con time."
what or who has been the biggest influence?
"Honestly, the internet has been a pathway to many talented and inspiring artists of all trades. Cosplay was one I discovered from surfing around, and planting my roots into DeviantArt for the last 7 years has opened the door to keeping up with these individuals and being able to communicate with them. I wouldn't have any inspiration or ambition to cosplay (or have learned to sharpen my cosplaying skills) without being able to see what everybody else is up to/how they do things- it's a very inspiring community."
How did you get into art and cosplays?
"Again, with cosplay, it was honestly seeing people online and overall getting really intrigued by what I was seeing- then it was a matter of finding a big con to go to- and the rest is just history. Though, art- that's more vague, I've been at that as far back as I can remember. It's just always been something I've done. A defining part in my life, if I could chose any one thing."
what was the longest time you spend making one of your cosplay outfits?
"Strangely, the thought to prepare is always kicking in the day after a con ends and I begin the 'wait.' Though, due to the slipping of time and all-out laziness I tend to get things done a week or two before a convention. Sleepless nights with roommates and screaming sewing machines were not uncommon come spring time. It was as if a tornado had blown through the apartment."
What genre of music are you into? anything specific band/artist you've been into these days
AAAAAA"I call myself a dirty hipster woodsman. I love music that makes me feel like growing a man-beard, donning thick flannels and running into the woods. With some Starbucks in hand. Honestly, I listen to just about everything (always a different mood for a specific genre) but when I pick out my favorites, it's easily Fleet Foxes, Yeasayer, Kishi Bashi, Romana Falls, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club- the list goes on. Though, when I'm feeling funky and new-agey, you can't go wrong with Bonobo."
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say to them?
"I think I'd go with either Leslie Nielson or Mel Brooks- honestly, those guys shaped my entire cinematic childhood and I have always looked up to them as comic Gods. I know each and every line to almost every single one of their movies- I ADORE those two. That breed of comedy they created in their films is a fading gem. I'm so heart broken about Leslie :( I had always wanted to meet him!"
What does your future hold?and projects you're working on?
"My future is a mystery! I'm playing it day by day and am usually just confused and paranoid about everything! Things have been so chaotic and nonsensical that I tossed aside any hard plans. Though, finding projects is one thing I've been sorting out- I have a handful of things going on, not sure if any of it will pan out- All art related- though I suppose it never hurts to give it a go. At this exact moment, I feel trapped in my mid-20's with no idea what's going on anymore- but I better not jinx it- I'll wake up 30 in no time. Surreal, man. Life is strange. What is this."
Where can we find you do you have a facebook,youtube etc?
Golly, I've got a few frequent stops on here. You can Always find me on my DeviantArt, Skirtzzz.DeviantArt.com, as well as my facebook fanpage, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skirtz/111421185621691
My other, less occupied places-