Cosplay is more than adults playing dress up. It's when your favorite characters from movies are brought to life through elaborate costumes and makeup. Who wouldn't want to get to be Wolverine, even if it's just for one day? But one guy takes cosplay to a whole new level. He elevates it to an art form in some very, er, creative ways.
Alexander Kravets has found a whole new way to cosplay. Kravets uses household object to recreate the looks of popular comic book and movie characters or celebrities. Kravets proves that you don't need millions of dollars to get the look of a movie with the budget of millions of dollars.
In Kravets' photos, sausages are turned into tentacles, towels are turned into hair, and hair dryers are turned into guns. Kravets has been known to even employ his dog in his cosplay from time to time. Kravets uses his home and other easy to find locations as his backdrops. He has even used the window in his washer-dryer door as a spaceship's portal.
Kravets is better known as his Instagram handle @bammbato. His account, which is entirely in Russian, has over 61K followers. It seems as if the fans can't get enough of his quirky take on (and take down) of pop culture.
Kravets has mimicked a wide variety of pop culture figures, comic book and movie characters, and even celebrities. He's appeared as everyone from Beyonce to the Ghostbusters to Hulk Hogan. He's even taken on Jack and Rose from Titanic.
Cosplay is so ubiquitous it's even earned a place in the Urban Dictionary. It's defined as literally "costume play." The Urban Dictionary says Cosplay is the act of, "Dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character)."
With cosplay, a cosplayer will recreate the same hair, makeup, clothes and accessories as a specific character. Authenticity is key, and no detail is too small to be recreated. It's a great way to play tribute to the pop culture that you love so much.
Some cosplay comes pre-packaged, saving the time it takes to make a whole Superman outfit from scratch. Other cosplayers prefer to take the time and make their outfits by hand. Clearly, Kravets is in the second category of cosplayer. Everything Kravets wears is made by his own hand and his imagination.
As cosplay gets more and more popular, it gets more and more elaborate. But it also gets more and more expensive. Some Comic-Con attendees have spent literally thousands of dollars to get the same look as their favorite Marvel superhero.
But Kravets doesn't break the bank to get the look of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. He calls what he does “suitable cosplay." In other words, it's a minimalistic form of cosplay, rather than an elaborate recreation of a look, down to the very last button.
Kravets calls his passion for cosplay “common fooling around." However, Kravets seems to have taken his cosplay far beyond horseplay. Kravets will post three to five photos a week. While his cosplay is minimal, some of the effort that goes into it is elaborate.
Just because Kravets doesn't spend a lot of money on his looks doesn't mean he doesn't spend a lot of time. For his Doctor Octopus look, Kravets spent hours trying to get everything "just so." Balancing a vacuum cleaner, weights, a staircase, and a mop doesn't just happen!
For another photo, Kravets infiltrated a Russian military base. Why? Because he likes to take his photos in unusual locations. Hey, if you can get away with it, why not? It makes for a better photo, plus all of the money you save on costumes you can use on bail if you get caught!