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Slickdeals Community Spotlight: Hendo Art Cosplay
With over 10+ million monthly users, the Slickdeals community is made up of people from all walks of life, and many have really unique interests, hobbies, and jobs that go beyond deal hunting.
Because we love everything that our users bring to the table, we're launching a Community Spotlight series to feature some of our favorite personalities behind the deal threads, votes, and comments!
Our very first community member to be featured in this on-going series is model and cosplayer, Hendo Art!
Hendo is a Southern California cosplayer who has been crafting costumes for almost two years. No fandom is safe — she loves comics, video games, movies, cartoons, anime, and pretty much anything with kick-ass heroes and a good sense of humor.
Spider-Verse, X-Men, Pokemon, Star Wars — nothing is safe from the creative grasp of Hendo Art! She also gets carried away sometimes, for she is fueled by hot glue, acrylic paint, eva foam, and Dr. Pepper!
What inspired you to be a cosplayer?
I've been attending conventions for a long time, and always thought cosplay looked so fun!
I really love making things and have so many favorite characters — basically, I was itching to make something cool and play dress-up in a socially acceptable setting (LOL!).
But I usually attended conventions alone, and cosplaying seemed like something that was more fun to do with friends, so when I got a job at a video game company, I finally met some nerdier people who were into the same convention scene!
A few of them cosplayed and encouraged me to try it too. My first cosplay was Ivysaur from Pokemon at Anime Los Angeles in 2015!
How do you decide which character/mash-up to create next?
My next project really just depends on what comes to mind and what make sense.
Sometimes, it’s based on wordplay (Zubat + Batman = Zubatman). Sometimes it’s based on a more sensible combination, like where the look and/or personalities are similar (Buzz Lightyear + Stormtrooper = Buzz Trooper).
Sometimes it’s all based on doing a crossover between two franchises — like crossing Mandalorians with Disney Princesses! It’s mostly whatever sounds fun!
How did you discover Slickdeals and what do you love most about it?
I discovered Slickdeals while in college, before I ever started cosplaying!
I first heard about the site from coworkers around Black Friday — they told me Slickdeals is basically always a website of Black Friday-type deals.
I played games a lot in college, so I tended to browse Slickdeals when I was bored at work just to see if something I needed to replace showed up.
Nowadays I mostly look for memory drives, camera equipment, and video game deals!
What Deal Alerts do you have set?
Right now I have a couple of camera-related alerts, mostly for lenses and small memory cards.
What’s your best find on Slickdeals?
I got my PlayStation 4 around Cyber Monday on Slickdeals. I was just waiting for the right bundle with a game that I wanted.
Where can people see more of your cosplay art?
I’m on pretty much all forms of social media as @HendoArt!
If you'd like to be considered for future community spotlights, drop us a message on our Facebook page and tell us more about yourself!
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