Why I chose to make this costume:
I was recently painted up by Master Body Painter Nick Wolfe. We've been friends for years but never had the chance to collaborate before now. Nick suggested something Asian-inspired and I blurted out "Yakuza tattoo!" and the idea for this theme was born!
Nick did the painting in 4 and a half hours using Diamond FX paint. He looked up the kanji for "Dragon Queen" and painted them as well.
I did the face makeup and hair, inspired by traditional Japanese Geisha and modernized. I also bought traditional Japanese hair pins, and the over kimono was made by me, originally for my XXXHolic cosplay. I love being able to re-use costume parts haha.