|Halloween 2006: Let's Do the Time Warp Again!||
||There's quite possibly
nothing more romantic than dressing up as incestuous siblings and going
out to gay bars. That's why Dani and I are still together after
This year we were Riff Raff and Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yeah, I know. We thought about being Frank and Columbia, but it was too cold last year, and I didn't know if we could tolerate wearing little more than lingerie and attitude, so we went with the slightly more "minor" characters.
Somewhere during the final stages of putting together the costumes together, Dani proclaimed, "If nobody recognizes us in these outfits, I'm going to feel really stupid." Well, we didn't feel stupid. Hell, we were famous. Starting from the time we got out the car to head to the block party and all night long people were like, "Riff Raff! Magenta!" Everywhere we went there were people singing "The Time Warp" to us. This happened at least once every ten minutes for the entire night. It isn't often that I'm right, but it was nice to have the point driven home over and over and over, even if it was in the form of strangers singing to us.
Riff has always been my favorite character, even though Frank steals the show at every turn. Though understated, Riff is a fun guy. He's full of secrets. Like how he wrote all the songs in the production, for instance.
|Here's a breakdown
of the costume:
Jacket - Bought from a thrift store in my neighborhood. Since we were pressed for time, mine lacked tails and wasn't pinstriped. We didn't have any black buttons on hand to replace the gold ones, so I painted them black with some of the paint we used on the Halloween decorations last week. I would have liked to have made it a bit more "distressed"-looking, but didn't really know how to go about this.
|Riff's other hump
(besides Magenta) was carved from a piece of foam rubber I had handy
packing eBay junk. I didn't fix it in place. The jacket was
large enough to just drape over it and hold it there. I had far
trouble taking it out than keeping it where it was supposed to go.
You can see some of the painted buttons on the jacket here as well.
|The gloves were a 99 cent pair from Wal-mart. I just cut the fingers off along with most of the wristband. You can see the fresh fuzzies on my arm.|
|This is spirit gum and spirit gum remover we bought from our local magic/costume shop, Magic, Etc. We also bought several sections of fake hair, but we ended up not going this route. The hair came braided, and it stayed somewhat wavy after being unwound. Being plastic, ironing or flattening with other implements wasn't practical, so we ended up buying a wig at the last minute and cutting it up for strands to glue on my head.|
|Yes, I shaved everything.
is the least hair I've had above my neck since before I was
It's an OCD dream because, from another perspective, it's also the
dandruff and dust mites I've had on my head.
I actually shaved it really, really short about three days earlier so I could get used to it. However, on the Saturday we suited up, I shaved the regrowth again: first with beard trimmer, then with the sideburn trimmer on my razor, then with the electric razor itself, then Dani did it with cream and a blade razor.
It took a bit to get used to. For some reason my scalp felt too small for my skull. I have no idea why. And it's really annoying to pull my shirt over my head one it starts to grow back because the stubble grabs the fabric and hangs on like sandpaper.
|Dani applied spirit
gum and glued on bits of the wig while I watched tv. This was the
most relaxing feeling I've ever had in my life. It probably took
about 30 minutes to complete.
I wish I had a close-up of the final product. Dani really nailed it at the foremost part of the hairline on the same latitude as my temples (she wasn't to that point in the process in this picture). It totally looked real.
You can see I'm already wearing Riff's shirt in this shot. It would have been impossible to get the t-shirt I was wearing over my head without ripping off the hair (unless we cut the shirt off ER-style). I had problems with the hair getting into my jacket throughout the evening, but I would say only ~5% of it came off by the end of the night, >9 hours after it was applied.
Ideally I would have liked to have streaked it up with grease/dirt (or simulations thereof) to better match the color and perceived texture of Riff in the film. Again, no time to experiment.
|This was a standard
Halloween kit bought from Wal-mart. Riff required yellow and a
white to give him his characteristic sallow, jaundiced look, plus a bit
of red around the eyes.
Magenta (ironically?) has a coat of white which I put on Dani, then she blended a bit and put some face powder on top of that.
Also pictured are a set of false eye lashes for Magenta that we ended up not using. Dani found another pair in the cosmetics dept. instead of this costume pair.
Magenta is the obvious counterpoint to Riff. Butler, maid. Brother, sister. Lovers. Okay, that got a bit weird.
|Here's the breakdown
of Dani's Magenta:
Fishnet Stockings - From Hot Topic (of course). It's hard to find an appropriately gaudy pair anywhere else. Magenta just wears regular hose in the movie, but fishnets seem more appropriate. Dani has on regular ones underneath the fishnets.
|Here's a very un-Rocky version of Dani making the apron from scratch earlier in the week.|
|Eye-lashes - We
started out with the cheap costume pair pictured above, but they didn't
work very well. The "real" pair from the cosmetics dept were much
I wanted Dani to add mascara to put the look over the top, but she was annoyed enough with them already. I thought she was going to end up in the emergency room when she took them off in the car at the end of the night.
|The wig was sort
of a mullet-looking thing we picked up from the costume shop, but Dani
turned it around backwards and the new position made it flare out
somehow. It did require a bit of trimming to get the look closer
to the look seen in the movies, however.
Coincidentally, she had almost the same haircut in high school. Here's the photo she had on her school ID:
|And here's a little
elbow sex at ya!