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WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Coffee! For sure! Minimum 3 coffees a day and everything will be alright!
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’m an italian cosplayer and also a macro photographer (mainly I shoot to LEGO Star Wars minifigures). Actually I’m a computer science student. I’m also the founder and leader of the Metal Slug Italian Army, but I will talk about this later.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I started in 2017 and my first cosplay was Marco Rossi from Metal Slug. I was very inexperienced and the cosplay wasn’t good as it’s now, but I had a big success and also I won the first prize at the contest of the convention. This made me continue strongest on this way.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I do cosplay because I really LOVE to act like the characters I play. I always choose characters similar to me and I do my best to be like them. Both in interpretation and also in posing.
Who are your cosplay idols?
Mainly Adularia Cosplay. She helped me rise as a cosplayer and she teach me most of the thing I know now about this world.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I like to play characters that have a deep meaning for me. They are usually from the video games and films.
What are your favorite cosplays?
My favourite cosplay is Marco, absolutely. But, really, I love all of my cosplays in the same way.
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
Probably I’ll never cosplay a Space Marine. I like Warhammer 40.000 a lot but it will be really expensive in terms of time and money.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I make props by myself, but i buy wigs and clothes (for now). I’m trying to set my wigs by myself and I’ll soon improve my ability to realize clothes.
What do you love about cosplay?
I love interpreting the characters I cosplay, roleing them as the way they would be in real life. And this is very very exciting. I stop to be my self and I totally become the character I’m roleing (Marco, Miguel, Elsander etc etc…).
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Marco’s wig. His tuft is very difficult to style in the right way. I usually spend an entire day to style that wig.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
I like to play Marco from Metal Slug because I think is really cool seeing a 2D character come to life. Everyone remain open-mouthed because everyone knows Metal Slug but none ever see the protagonists alive!
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I’m a big Star Wars fan and I would like to visit the Star Wars Universe. Maybe as a Stormtrooper (GO EMPIRE!), seeing fantastic planets, horrible creatures and fighting the rebellion!
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
I get my inspiration by the things (video games, films, illustrations) that gets something to me, that are linked to who really I am.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
Always do your best to be the characters you want to role. It doesn’t matter if you have the greatest armour in the world, if you are always just in the way you would meet your fiends. In that case you wold be more similar to a mannequinn. Feel free to be the cosplay!
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Try always to improve your skills of “cos” (styling wigs, making props, realizing your own clothes and dresses) and do not forget the part of the “play”! Enjoy!
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
We are not beasts. We are artists. You can play with us, you can joke with us, you can talk with us… but do not see or use us as if we were not humans.
What cosplays are you working on?
Right now I’m working on some upgrades for my steampunk pirate and also I can finally work on my next cosplay: Anakin Skywalker!
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
As I said before: a Space Marine!!! But even if I had time, I know I would get a loooot of time.
Where can people find your cosplays?
At the conventions, of course! But also on Instagram (@davide_marco_rosati)
Do you cosplay with someone?
Yes! I’m the founder and the leader of the Metal Slug Italian Army, the cosplay group that role the characters of the famous arcade saga Metal Slug. I am, of course, the official Marco Rossi, but we also have some others protagonists (like Tarma, Trevor, Ralf etc etc), antagonists (like the general Donald Morden) and the vehicles (like the rebel Melty Honey and the loyalist Slug Gunner)
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