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Make-A-Wish charity helmet project; HRG Trooper [Mar. 25th, 2012|12:20 pm]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |Eldritch]
[music |The Locus Priory, Saltillo]

The HRG Trooper
My contribution to As You Wish Charity Helmet Project
at Star Wars Celebration VI, Orlando, Florida, August, 2012

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¿Do you hear the tapping from inside the glass? [Dec. 11th, 2011|11:41 am]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |Reflective]
[music |Michael Jackson: The Man In the Mirror]

Four decades is a long tyme to remain silent. I no longer remember when I first noticed the doorways. They are in all sizes, and they are everywhere. Mostly I learned to ignore them. As I grew older, I saw them for what they really were. I became afraid to go into rooms with other folk where I knew the larger gateways to exist. Everyone else is at home in the knowledge of the alternate identical world--empty of life as it must seem. But what they don't know is that other world was inhabited. And he looks like me. Just like me. He only comes when I am there. Mocking my every move. I won't give him that chance to point me out in front of the others.

Was inhabited.

I heard a crash this morning issuing from the bathroom. The portal there was shattered. Amid the shards began a trail of blood. I followed until I came to the hall gateway. For forty years he mocked my every move. Now he is no longer there. I shudder to think where I am. It is so quiet.

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Costume Retrospective RS13 [Nov. 2nd, 2011|02:48 pm]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |solid]
[music |Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss, Bloodhound Gang]

Costume Retrospective RS13

This represents many hours of my costume work.

I am a fan of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I am also a part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I love how that works out.

Photo/costume change marathon; With my friend Nathaniel Fremont behind the lens and four hours of daylight, we shot each these costumes, one after the other, in my backyard, even as the weather turned. (Note the rain drops on some of the suits.)

Imperial Knight Ganner Krieg
Darth Bane
The Clone Emperor
Prince Xizor

It has been a long, wonderful, learning experience. And I intend to go much further.
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Vitruvian XL [Nov. 2nd, 2011|02:12 pm]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |returned]
[music |Non Dimenticar, Nat "King" Cole]

Vitruvian XL, (Where XL is Roman)

My Fortieth Birthday Self-Portrait
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F.K. Tease 2010 [Dec. 18th, 2010|03:10 pm]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |multiple mournings]
[music |Björk: Earth Intruders]

You don't have to be sexy to tease.
But, it doesn't hurt either.

There's so much more and at the same tyme so much less behind this statement, and the image it captions. It seems my world has been ending with alarming frequency this year. Only instead of the promise of a new beginning I find myself awaking in the same bed. I feel I am losing aspects of my life in new and inventively cruel ways.

It is a struggle to hold myself together. I do realize I could lose it all. And I am OK with this.

Once, I fought for my life, literally. I took a blow that hurt so much that instantly went from surviving at all costs to just letting go. I came to peace and stopped all resistance. Only when I accepted my demise, death by drowning, was I set free. The whirl pool let go of my limp body and I was pulled from the river. I think I am there again. And I think once again I have to contradict my own survival instincts to live.
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Fenrisúlfr's later years [Oct. 5th, 2010|06:03 pm]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |rested]
[music |Ghost of a Dog, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians]

I met a dark dog in the dark.

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Zombie Prom 2010 [May. 23rd, 2010|12:47 pm]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |undead]
[music |Dead Man's Party; Oingo Boingo]

"It's true, I really am interested in you for your brains.

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Debut of Darth Bane [Apr. 13th, 2010|08:23 am]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |fountains of blood]
[music |Bad Things, Jace Everett]

Darth Bane costume debut
April, 2010, Jedi-Con, Düsseldorf, Deutschland

I have recently returned from my journey in Europe. The first stop was the Jedi-Con convention in Düsseldorf, Deutschland. I was determined to make this the debut of my Darth Bane armour.

The process, or at least my process, of preparing a costume for a majour debut involves buying and playing an unrelated video game through to completion two weeks before the event, going for thoughtful walks, the gym, posting on forums, shopping, thinking about eating, staring at my ceiling crying, stressing to the point that my back muscles spasm and I need a cane to walk, a visit to the doctor and pharmacist, staying up twenty-four hours cramming on completing the suit, stressing over packing, airport security, lack of sleep and an extended flight in a seat place not designed to accommodate my size, working in the hotel room to finish, and VIOLA! Done. It really is that easy.

Be well,
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Darth Bane, biceps seeded [Mar. 21st, 2010|01:05 am]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |Screaming Tekeli-li!]
[music |Ghost Dance, Tomahawk]

Darth Bane, MMX, III

The lightning round.

Biceps now seeded. It is my intent to walk the debut version of this costume in Germany next month.

Be well,
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For reference, continues [Jan. 28th, 2010|05:51 pm]
Thomas Spanos
[humour |quiet, cold, icy prison]
[music |Elegia, New Order]

I often search artist communities for interpretations of characters I am interested in costuming. When I run across an image that appears to draw from elements in my own costumes, I contact the artist to confirm my observation. These three recent works are by Tom Hodges, Art Garfunkel, and Jamie Snell respectively.
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