Read on if you're curious about my personal life. To start off, I am Chinese and lived in China for the first several years of my life, and then moved to Germany with my mother. I remained in Europe for during my teen years got to travel a lot with my family because my stepdad was a Flight Attendant with Lufthansa Airlines. Where other kids in my class were staying in Germany during the summer, I was visiting exotic locations such as Thailand and Egypt. I think through those experiences I became brave enough to move to the United States on my own.
Here I lived in Arizona and Las Vegas until settling in Atlanta, GA. I have a lot of friends here and in Florida so it's really nice to be so close to the people I love. It is also a very convenient city and I can also reach 80% of all US cons within a 12 hour driving radius, which is super important for my cosplay accessories business. I even have a box truck and a work van just to hold all my products and display cases and racks for the many cons I set up booths at.
No matter where though, I can't seem to sit still for long. I LOVE to travel. The first time I got on a plane I was four months old! I was raised to feel very comfortable in strange locations, and a craving for adventure stuck with me I guess lol! I like going anywhere new and different, trying strange foods, all that stuff. Through out my teenage years I was obsessed with Archeology, so my family and I visited Egypt, Greece and many parts of China multiple times to see historical sites. Other countries I have visited include Thailand, Brazil, Scotland, England, Italy, Japan, Poland, Tunisia, Canada and Mexico. Next on my list are Australia and France.
In my limited free-time, I love to watch movies, read epic fantasy novels and go shopping. I also love to sing and am developing a great love for photography (meaning taking photos). But for most of my life, my biggest passion was art - I mainly do shoujo manga style artwork with lots of details and work with mediums such as pen/ink and copic markers/watercolors. In 1998 I even got published with a 90+ page manga called "Cherry Blossom". I original created the manga as a school project, to educate my classmates about the phenomenon of Japanese comics, but through a stroke a luck the largest European Japanimation magazine AnimaniA picked up my manga for a special issue that printed 25,000 copies. I think under different circumstances I would have continued to pursue that career path, but I started enjoying doing elaborate illustrations more the older I got. After moving to the States, I entered art shows and had artist alley tables at conventions for a while. Then the cosplay bug really bit me and took over most of my time and attention! I only regret slowing down in my pursuit of art to a point, because I feel very satisfied with my current love for costume making and I get to integrate art into it constantly through designing and sketching, resulting in me staying creatively fulfilled.
As for pets, I have a funny history with them. While living in Germany my family owned over 100 terrariums filled with snakes, spiders, scorpions, geckos, chameleons etc…. even a Gila monster who had a kickass personality (he owned a chicken as his pet lol)! I grew up around many different kinds of animals and came to like them very much. These days I prefer cuddly animals though, and have owned everything from bunnies to cats to ferrets. The love of my life however is my Silkie Terrier Captain Nemo. He totally converted me from a cat person to a dog person, if that tells you something.
So here you have it! Please feel free to browse the site, look through my galleries, and
if you still have questions. Hopefully I'll see you at a show sometime!