Who Am I ?
1. Who am I?
GeishaVi NYC based makeup artist, cosplay personality, costume designer, video gamer, neo-Genghis Khan, multi scene socialite, daughter, big sister, role model, cat whisperer and best friend.
2. What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I create and model costumes inspired by video games, movies, comics, anime, sci-fi and fantasy. Currently working on a cosplay from a popular video game series for the Katsucon anime convention.
3. Where are you from and where are you going?
I”m originally from the Steel City of Black & Gold; Pittsburgh is my hometown. I came to NYC in my teens. Now I look to travel the country sharing my love of cosplay.
4. Who is your biggest hero?
Tom Savini is one of my biggest heroes. He”s not only one of the most talented SFX artists ever, he”s also one of the godfathers of gore. He and George Romero practically created the Zombie genre and pushed practical makeup techniques to a whole new level.
Mr. Savini loves his craft so much he even created a school for budding artists that also helps with job placement. That”s very admirable in my book. Cause we artists need jobs!
5. What book is your bible?
Hmmm…I guess right now any art book could be my bible if I”m working on a character. I use many references.
6. What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Love bubble tea, cats, platform shoes, gala events, hugs, my NutriBullet smoothie maker, anime, BBC TV, K-pop, Japanese and Mongolian history, being genuine, my friends and family.
Hate being sick, train delays, extremely cold weather, pork, stubbing a toe, disloyalty, ratchet reality TV shows, child & animal abuse, city taxes, and that I possess neither magical nor teleportation powers.
7. What is your raison d’être?
For a while I thought my reason to be was to educate the world on race and cultural harmony. I”d love for everyone to respect and understand each other, but it”s not easy. Growing up with a mixed background has always made this an important feature in my everyday life.
Nowadays as I get more into cosplaying I find that I”ve become a public figure. I speak up for and about plus-size modeling, cosplayers of color, women and their representation in comics and entertainment industry as well as issues of racial awareness.
8. What is your favorite color?
Purple or lavender!
9. Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Currently a tough split between Starfire and the Hulk. I relate to them both, lol.
10. What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
My hookah lounge on Ave A! A great place to relax and let your mind wander through Imaginationland.
11. What turns you on?
Genuine creativity, passion, humor, charisma, a unique sense of fashion, animal magnetism, sci-fi and fantasy art, detailed, technical explanations (i.e. BBC”s Sherlock), accents, and geek culture references used in unexpected conversations.
12. What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Geisha Vi is a New York based make-up artist and costume designer.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Photography & Design by Mina Darius
Geisha Vi, Winter 2013-2014, Photography by Mina Darius for PMc Magazine