Of Cosplay and Whips: Or, Why Indiana Jones had the most Badass Weapon Ever
by, 1st October 2009 at 01:01 AM (314 Views)
So two of my really good friends have recently gotten into an anime called Katekyo Hitman Reborn, and as a result, are furiously making an attempt to put together costumes to cosplay characters from it. Personally, however, I don't much care for it. It just doesn't sound like my cup of tea, y'know? But I'm not making an understatement when I say that they are well and truly obsessed. The show and their costumes are all they ever seem to talk about, anymore, and they're also trying to get me to cosplay a character as well. While the costume wouldn't be particularly difficult, I'm skeptical. I don't know the character or the story -- the only reason I'm even considering it is because it means I get to carry a whip. Not some sissy, flail-like S&M type whip, mind you. A real, full-length bullwhip.
I actually do know how to use a whip. I learned how to do so in Australia, the summer before last (my dad took those pictures). And if anyone thinks that a whip is all badass and no bite, I suggest you take a look at this guy. For those skeptics among you who are too lazy to watch, this is the guy who trained Harrison Ford to use the bullwhip to play Indiana Jones. And if you still need convincing that the whip can be a deadly weapon, skip ahead to 3:57. Something that small moving fast enough to break the sound barrier is gonna mess you up pretty badly.
Granted, I'm no expert. But in a Halloween costume store set up in the guts of an old supermarket in my town, they had some costumes which involved whips, and one of them was out of the package, sitting on top. Of course, this was a cheap thing, probably not even made of real leather, but I decided to have a crack at it anyway -- pun intended. The aisle was empty and clear of people so I knew I wouldn't hurt anyone, even if I doubted I could get a good crack out of the thing. Yet sure enough, it only took me two tires to get an extremely satisfying crack. I then hastily put it back, because my friends feared we might get in trouble if I kept doing it. They swore it echoed, but I think they're exaggerating.
But ever since then, I've had an urge to get a whip, go out to the field behind my dorms, and just start cracking it. I'd like to practice and get better. And I also want to be involved in my friend's discussions again. So who knows? Maybe if I end up cosplaying this Dino guy (no, not Fred Flintstone's pet dinosaur), I'll kill two birds with one stone -- er, whip.
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