Friday, December 3, 2010
My first topic is my obsession with the Monkey King, and how to make a Monkey King costume. I've been interested in the Monkey King for a number of years, but my interest has only increased since I started learning Mandarin. I can't wait until I can read well enough to read it in the original language (even if I'll probably be reading a children's book).
I'm not sure what it is I find so appealing about Monkey. But I guess that doesn't really matter. I like him. I want to watch every tv show and movie adaptation of his story, read every comic book. I've got a rapidly increasing collection of Monkey King objects and images. Now my costumemania rears its ugly head: I must have a Monkey costume. I'm not sure how I'm going to achieve this, since I don't sew and don't have any intention of learning to sew. But right now I'm just in the concept phase.
If I could have any costume I want, I'd want one to look like this:
Monkey's costume is traditionally in primary colors, especially yellow and red. I want to stick with that color scheme. It's also traditional for him to be wearing a tiger skin. One of his first acts after becoming the disciple of the monk Xuanzang is to kill a tiger and make its skin into a garment for himself. I don't want to have a Tarzan look going on, though. I'm contemplating just an accent of tiger skin. For one thing, faux fur is expensive!
There's also Monkey's general appearance. I'm not planning to wear a latex appliance, nor do I want to do a Beijing opera-style makeup,
That's enough for now, I guess. More Monkey Magic later.