This is my Captain Jack Sparrow costume. And of course, when it comes to costumes, especially Johnny Depp characters, I’m all for it. But underneath it all, I do this for the kids. When I walked in the kids's Halloween party all dressed up, seeing the kids laughing and smiling made it all worthwhile.
I actually considered trying out for Disney World/Land, because they had open auditions for characters that walk around the theme park. I would totally do it; I mean you get paid for walking around as your favorite character and making kids smile, what’s better? But of course, I need to finish college first.
So, onto my costume…
This one took about a month to make. I watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie about a million times for references and to study Johnny Depp’s acting. I also used a bunch of screen shots and publicity photos.
The clothing is made up of a white pirate shirt that I modified and combined with a regular white collared shirt. The vest is an old corduroy shirt, which I chopped the sleeves off of. The pants were some old blue khakis that my sister found and didn’t want. So I was obliged to take them off her hands and make them nice and dirty, as I did the rest of the clothing. I bought boots online, but they were too dark to match Jack Sparrow’s boots, so I added some light brown paint to give them that suede look.
I made the belt from a piece of leatherette, and painted it brown. I found the belt buckle at the Salvation Army, but it was too perfect to pass up. So I just added a bit of paint to make it look dirty. The white sash underneath the belt was from a bed sheet that I striped with a red Sharpie marker and stained with coffee (still smells to this day). I tore that all up to make it look nice and worn.
The bandage around my left hand was simply part of that same bed sheet which I also stained. On the other hand, I made that sort of ‘half glove’ that Jack wears, out of fabric that I painted brown. Around the wrist went a strip of black cloth, which I attached it to that ‘half glove.’ On the same hand I had Jack Sparrow’s infamous green stoned ring (which I found at the store and could not pass up). If I knew how to do metal work or jewelry making, I would have attempted to create it, but I had no problem forking over the fifteen dollars for the ring.
The bandana was made out of this fabric, which I found to already have a printed texture on it. So that added to the aged effect I enhanced later on. I attached the beads that hang over the forehead to the bandana.
Speaking of beads, boy oh boy, did I love those beads. To make the beaded hair, I used anything and everything I could find. I painted beads till the cows came home. The wig was a bit teased up, cut and braided in some places. I sprayed it brown very slightly. The ‘bone’ in the hair is actually a paintbrush handle.
Ah, and we have the lovely beard extensions. My facial hair was pretty long, so I could attach these extensions that I made out of discarded parts of my wig, directly to my beard with some elastics. It wasn’t the most comforting of situations, but there’s no beauty without pain. I also dyed my facial hair blackish-brown for this (my hair is red). I shaved my beard just like Jack’s, and even shaved a little hole in the facial hair on one side of my jaw to add that little ‘bloody scar’ thing that he had.
As for my makeup, I put a bronzer on my face, neck and hands to give that dirty-tan look. I dirtied up my fingernails as well with eyeliner and face paint. And of course, the eyeliner, oh the eyeliner. Not to mention, I used some of my sister's 'braces wax' to keep tin foil stuck on my teeth to emulate fake silver teeth.
I love this costume, and so did all of the children. Not to mention the parents and teachers were going crazy for it as well. It’s actually funny when a child, who I’ve been working with for four years, doesn’t even recognize me under the costume.
This was a beta version of the costume. Very rough. I redid it in '07, and still wasn't up to Depp standards. So I worked on it till '09, and after numerous children's parties and 300 bucks later, I was pretty damn close to a replica costume.
Haha, yeah, this one was from a year and a half ago. Big difference from the costume I've been wearing all this week.
Though, I'm glad I did it (the old costume), because it serves an an example of what to avoid. It allowed me to see what I missed, what can be improved upon, etc. So ultimately, my most recent costume probably wouldn't have been so good if I didn't do this one first and learned from my mistakes.
And yeah, I guess you could say I wasn't all that comfortable. Thanks for the comment!
I wore the new costume a grand total of three times this week.
Last Saturday was my Halloween party, where the majority of these pics come from. On Halloween night I went to a bar fully dressed and won 200 bucks (hardly covered my expenses). And last night I went to two Halloween parties as Jack once again. Except for round three last night, I decided to change it up a bit, and I did the Cannibal King Jack makeup (with the eyes on the eyelids, etc.). I'll probably post pictures of all three nights once I get a free moment.
Was quite a fun week for me, though I can imagine the poor costume would like a nice long break after a thorough cleaning.
AHHHH Congrats! I spent about 20 bucks making my costume lol... Got my fabric from the dollar a yard bin at walmart, and scrounged some from an old curtain. Most of my accessories were made from bits of scraps people had given me. But there had been so much more I wanted to do to my costume!
I'm looking forward to the cannibal Jack Sparrow, that'll be cool... Maybe next year I'll get to enjoy my costume more, Ren faire season is just a few months away...
I plan on revamping this costume for Halloween '07. And at my party, I will be sipping on rum (what else) all night to ensure that my speech becomes slurred and I get a legitimate 'drunken walk' going.
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